From John Ridely, HuffPost: “EMPTY of better ideas — of any ideas — of how to REMAIN relevant, the reactionary wing of the conservative movement has chosen to quit faking respectability and get back to doing what they do best: cranking up the HATE to eleven.
This is the week we have lived:
A week when Texas Governor Rick Perry — a man with presidential aspirations — gets comfortable being flippant about the idea SECESSION , raising the specter of both the anti-civil rights movement and the Civil War
A week when Texas Republican State Rep. Betty Brown (what is it with Texas?) told a hearing on voter registration that if Asians wanted to avoid problems at the polls they needed to CHANGE their names to something that’s “easier for US to deal with.”
A week when Illinois Republican Congressman Mark Kirk said he thought the people of Illinois “are ready to SHOOT” anyone who’s going to raise taxes.
A week when the Caucasian Stepin Fetchit Glenn Beck — which is more of a slam against Lincoln Perry than it is Glenn — thought it was humorous to take on the guise of our president and pantomime him pouring gas on the average citizen before setting a match to him…….These may be the last, desperate days of reactionary, anti-American Conservatism. But in the manner of a rabid animal backed against a wall, these are its most dangerous as well.”