The term is quickly becoming a redundancy. Like hypocritical conservatives.
OK. Let’s just call them Republicans, because that covers all bases.
Rachel Maddow nicely pointed out on her show the other night that there is a conservative cottage industry growing up around using her, and others in the so called liberal media, as fund-raising bait. Take a look.
(Hopefully, MSNBC (who I thank for access to this video) will allow the link to stay on this blog.)
It does seem hypocritical for these Tea Crackers and other conservatives who are running for office to conveniently use Rachel Maddow and her ilk as bogeymen (women?) to scare up money for their campaigns. In effect, they seem to be running against her, and not their own respective opponents. This tells me two things:
- That there is no substance to their political platforms. Either they are running on a platform that they stand behind, or they are running against a platform of their opponents that they feel is ill advised for their constituents, or a combination of both. But if they are running against Rachel Maddow and the liberal media, then what does that say about their political positions and ideas? For those Tea Crackers, they seem to have a hidden agenda, one they really don’t want to talk about, that has something to do with the black man in the White House. They really can’t keep pointing out that contrast without being accused of racism, so instead they simply sow fear, and hope it sticks.
- They do not have the courage of their convictions. If they are right and Maddow is wrong, they should have no problem going on her show and telling the world to her face exactly how wonderful they are, how enlightened are their views , and how beneficial to the country their election will be. But they don’t do that.
Instead, they try to induce fear in their future constituents, by holding Rachel Maddow out as “the enemy”, as if their election will get rid of her. And when they are called on it, they run and hide behind busy schedules, campaign offices and their handlers to avoid confronting the challenges to their campaigns, and hope that the notoriety they’ve gained to this point will help them slide into the election without having to tell anyone remotely skeptical what they believe. If they are such great candidates, what do they fear? Maddow will give them national exposure for their viewpoints.
To answer my own question, what they have to fear is that they will be exposed as the frauds that they are, political hacks without any cohesive political philosophy or platform, and without the courage to see themselves so exposed.
[UPDATE] The very next night, Maddow was able to get a Republican, Art Robinson, who is running for office in a congressional district from the State of Oregon on the show. Unfortunately, he had predetermined that she was biased and would be unfair to his campaign, so instead of answering her questions, he made a show of never shutting up, never allowing her to get a question completed, and otherwise stonewalling the interview on the assumption that if she lost all control of her own program, she couldn’t hurt him. Not that there was anything wrong with that tactic, but to this viewer, he just looked like an asshole. So, he frustrated the possibility (or should I say in his case, the certainty) that he would look like the political hack he apparently is, but didn’t want anyone to see. Take a look: