Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Great Obama Panic: Jon Stewart on the Meltdown at Fox News

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Tulsan said...

Love the apocalyptic "Exorcist" music Fox plays behind their Obama clip. Very dramatic, especially for the weak-minded.

Which reminds me of the essay The Paranoid Style in American Politics I mentioned in the previous AltTulsa post, The GOP Rush Apology Tour.

Quote from the essay to go along with the Hannity video:

"The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms... He is always manning the barricades of civilization... Since what is at stake is always a conflict between absolute good and absolute evil, what is necessary is not compromise but the will to fight things out to a finish."

Our population of paranoid-style thinkers and our population of fundamentalists have something in common: a Manichean view of the world. The two groups' memberships no doubt overlap quite a bit.

The agnostic Rove and his buddies coolly exploited this worldview by feeding them fat on red meat issues, harnessing them all for the GOP. He was very successful. This group is now the core of the GOP.

But voters have had just about enough of them. Look at the graph just below this post. Identification with the party is headed south in more ways than one.

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