Hatriot Michelle Malkin was a vision of sneering sanctimony last night as she joined hatriot Monica Crowley for a segment full of animosity toward her president and any American who might support him. Predictably, it began with the two playing the conservative victim - or in this case putting up Rick Santorum as the conservative victim of the left's accusations that he attacked President Obama's religion. Rather than discuss whether or not Santorum HAD attacked Obama's religion (which I'll argue is pretty clear that he did), the two used that as a launching pad to - wait for it! - attack President Obama's religion.
As I posted last week, Santorum visited the Hannity show and defended his comments about President Obama's theology with an attack on his religion. Last night, as Crowley guest hosted the Hannity show, she and Malkin employed the same strategy: Here are some of the quotes:
"Everybody kinows (Santorum) was not talking about Barack Obama's faith," Crowley said, but "the left's insane environmental policies."
Malkin railed about the "anti-science theocrats in the White House and in the Democrat Party."
But that wasn't enough hostility for our little sourpuss. Malkin later said, "The real religious menaces are those in the White House, at the Department of the Interior, at the National Park Service."
Malkin pledged to "make sure that people understand who the real menaces in this country are!"
Crowley exclaimed approvingly, "Yes!"
This kind of hate mongering and demonization of their fellow Americans is what passes for political commentary at Fox News.
Santorum would put Catholic Sharia before the Constitution. He also doesn’t believe in evolution. Anti-science? Ya think?
I also think that the hubris of the GOP has caused them to once again reach a bit too far. In the long run, they will pay for their birth control, Medicare and Social Security fiascoes.
“Santorum isnât talking to the rest of us, heâs talking to his base.”
I’d argue that Santorum isn’t even talking to his base — he’s replying to the voices in his head . . .
I recall a statement made by then-candidate Obama in April 2008:
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
I also recall how he was excoriated for those remarks — but, like his “take pride in being ignorant” statement, it turned out to be prophetic . . .
My point is that this kind of thing is going to confuse the heck out of people. And that is the problem bubble-dwellers like Santorum have. They assume the rest of us ‘know’ the same things that they ‘know.’ Santorum isn’t talking to the rest of us, he’s talking to his base.