So, children, what have we learned so far from the Republicans? Of course, we already knew that Real Americans live in small towns. Now we can add to this knowledge the fact that Real Americans aren’t liberals – or at least, liberals aren’t Real Americans. Liberals also don’t work hard, and liberals don’t believe in God. Plus? Liberals hate “real Americans” for doing all of the above.
Where am I getting this from? Here’s the story. Continuing the rightwing’s vicious attack on … well, anyone who doesn’t fit their narrow view of what is Good and Right and Real and American, a North Carolina rally for McCain on Monday opened as follows (warning! irony overdose may result after reading the below quote!):
After this account was published in the Godless Commie Fake American City Observer – whoops, sorry, I mean the New York Observer – Rep. Hayes vociferously denied having used these words.
Later, when this story was repeated in Politico’s The Crypt, the blogger followed up with other reporters who were there, and sure enough, they said they heard it, too. Hayes’s spokesperson denounced the blog as irresponsible journalism.
Alas, Hayes apparently never heard about this newfangled invention called AUDIO. (You can hear it in the link in the above paragraph; scroll down to the little audio controls at the bottom of the post.)
Confronted by irrefutable evidence, Hayes now admits that he said it, but claims he doesn’t remember saying it, and he was just trying to pump up the crowd.
I must say that this is a good defense. Republicans are great at pumping up crowds these days! Whipping up hatred and racism and even violence is just an unfortunate side effect, I guess.
Is there any doubt that this is an intentional part of the narrative that the Republicans are trying to sell us: Small town good, big city/liberals bad? South/Midwest good, Northeast bad? Class warfare bad, geographical/ideological/religious warfare good? Palin apologized for her crap, but I’m sure Republicans will continue their hate-flinging, divisive ugliness, because that’s pretty much all they’ve got left.