Boogedy Boogedy Boogedy!

Over the last week or two, I’ve noticed a certain… unanimity among the left. Apparently the one person who caused the failure of the SuperCommittee, triggered the debt crisis, and in general is the most responsible for the federal government’s fiscal mess is Grover Norquist. His staunch opposition to new taxes, and ability to “bully” Republicans into going along with it, is the font of all evil and meanness and unhappiness in the US today.

 

This means, to me, that he is the latest boogeyman, the person or persons on the right who is to blame for all the nation’s woes. He joins (or replaces, I’m not quite certain how it works) the Koch brothers as the worthy recipients of the nation’s Two Minute Hate.

 

Over the past few years, I seem to recall quite a few folks who’ve cycled in and out of this august distinction. Karl Rove, Richard Mellon Scaife, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh (a hardy perennial), Haliburton, Rupert Murdoch… the list goes on. I’m leaving Bush and Cheney off the list; it kinda goes with the jobs they held.

 

So, I find myself wondering: how do folks get on this list? Who decides? Who is the maintainer of the list? How is it propagated? It just seems like I wake up one day and the “old hate target” is quietly shuffled off, and the “new hate target” is the one who all the liberal talking heads, bloggers, bloviators, and boneheads are raging about.

 

I’d like to get on that distribution list. (And no, not as the target; I’m not that delusional.) It’d do my cred wonders if I could get ahead of the curve and predict “just watch: today, there will be no more talk about Grover Norquist, and today’s Source Of All Evil On The Right will be Robert Stacy McCain/Greg Gutfeld/Trace Atkins — just watch!”

 

Should I get in touch with Ezra Klein and see if he can sneak me on to whatever version of JournoList he’s quietly running now?

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah, amazing how the common ‘villain’ suddenly appears on leftest lips at the same time.  Uncanny coincidence?

  • Anonymous

    Whomever can get our President to answer the question, “what is 15 trillion times 7% interest?” gets to move to the very top of the pack.

    Or to put it another way, whatcha going ta do when interest on the national debt exceeds 1 trillion per year?

    Italy, just passed this 7% interest threshold last week… and they are going down hard.  Japan will go bankrupt at half that interest rate.  Pull out your calculator and do the math for America.  Its going ta get ugly folks.

    2nd and 3rd question which will earn you scads of liberal admirers – “How much is America going ta have to print to escape this debt we have created; and what will be the price?”

    Semper Fidelis-

  • Anonymous

    Umm, ever hear of Nancy Pelosi? Michael Moore? ACORN? Planned Parenthood? Cloward-Piven? Alinsky? Jane Fonda? Cindy Sheehan? Soros? About a thousand other boogeymen?

    Surely you don’t mean to suggest that the Right doesn’t have their boogeymen.

    • Anonymous

      Oh oh Bruce is on to us! Quick put him on the list!

    • Anonymous

      Bruce, let’s take a look at that list: Pelosi is ex officio, like Bush and Cheney. Moore is just loathsome, not really a “boogeyman.” ACORN, Planned Parenthood, Fonda are single-issue bozos. Sheehan is nuts, sadly.

      Cloward-Piven and Alinsky? More like “spiritual parents” than active boogeymen — especially since two of the three are dead.

      Soros, I’ll grant you. That’s a pretty good counterpart. But the partisan in me has to say “truth is an absolute defense…”

      Facetiousness aside, Soros kinda does cover all the bases of the right-wingers I cited, and more. Plus, he’s occasionally been pretty damned open about his aspirations — remember how he said the US government would have to be “de-Nazified” after Bush left office? And how he vowed to spend whatever he had to in order to defeate Bush in 2004?

      I just don’t see the cycling of boogeymen from the right as I do from the left…

      J.

      • Anonymous

        …. say that truth is an absolute defense …

        Just don’t say it around Leftards,

        It’s too advanced a concept for them to get a hold of!

  • Anonymous

    “Boogedy Boogedy Boogedy!”

    LET’S GO RACING BOYS

  • How do you get on the list? You answered that already.  “His staunch opposition to new taxes, and ability to “bully” Republicans into going along with it…” got him on the list.

    but then, the Bush tax cuts aren’t “new taxes,” are they? So you have to be a better bullshitter too.

  • Jay Tea: When you find out who the guy is who maintains the list, slip the name to Michael Moore so he can do a documentary about it. (Stop laughing!)

  • Uh, just who is Grover Norquist?

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to get on that distribution list.

    I don’t think so, JayT. We all know how you feel about spam.

    –Peter F./OP/Frustrated with the sign process from home

  • davidt

    Snowball!

  • Apparently the one person who caused the failure of the SuperCommittee,
    triggered the debt crisis, and in general is the most responsible for
    the federal government’s fiscal mess is

    Barack Hussein Obama.