At first, I chuckled at his quip. Yeah, sometimes it really does seem that way, doesn’t it? But, really, how do these wingnuts manage to come up so quickly and consistently with the most heartless and ineffectual policy proposals, what short cut could they possibly be deploying? I mean, clearly they aren’t consulting science or experts or even common sense, so what can it be that leads them so seamlessly and as it were systematically into such perverse self-destructive death-dealing nonsense so forcefully and so resolutely, again and again and again? To say whatever one imagines liberals would be most upset by on every occasion, whatever the circumstances, whatever the evidence, whatever the consequences, provides precisely such a method to achieve the desired end, no mus no fuss.
And, you know, the longer one observes Tea Bag Megachurch Fox News sorts, the harder it is to shake the suspicion that Atrios is really on to something profound. Whenever some wingnut bloviator winds up for a particularly putrescent bit of anti-Obama invective or suicidal policy prescription there really often is a slight twitch at the corner of the mouth to be discerned there, a strange misting of the eye as if their gaze has turned deliciously inward to imagine for a moment some earnest progressive wonk gasping in horror and despair to hear such defiance of decency or sense.
Oh, and here’s Sarah Palin earlier today: "Vote for Newt. Annoy a liberal.” There ya go. Exhibit bazillion infinity.