Wait! I Said Coup! COUP!!

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Mr C. W. Cooke [with an “e,” if you please] is a young British gent who has come to America to seek his fortune telling Americans how to do American better.  He does this important work in the pages of National Review and via occasional guest appearances on conservative thought leadership outlets such as Fox News, The Blaze and The Washington Times.

Now, aside from the fact that Mr Cooke, at 30 years old, has been in this country for only a grand total of two years, he is an Oxonian [British for a graduate of Oxford University] who has spent considerable hours swotting away [as they say] at Modern History and Politics. 

So. That makes him a very smart fellow indeed who has found his niche lecturing Americans on free speech, the Second Amendment and American Exceptionalism.  Obviously, young Mr Cooke is hankering to be an exceptional American himself.

Cooke is a prolific writer, whose prose palette tends toward fifty shades of purple, spinning out cautionary tales with titles like:

Obamacare’s Banana Republic Logic

The Maligned Tea Party

Civility is Over-rated

Failure of Failures

larded with apoplectic [and apocalyptic] warnings like:

In my view, if Obamacare were to fail hard, it could well come to be seen as the most catastrophic domestic-policy enterprise of the last century.

Or this, when young Mr Cooke took Juan Williams to task for:

Parroting the administration’s intellection almost verbatim . . . and instruct[ing] his readers that they “should be blaming your insurance company because they have not been providing you with coverage that meets the minimum basic standards for health care.” The government, he continued obediently, did “not ‘force’ insurance companies to cancel their own substandard policies,” but “the insurance companies chose to do that rather than do what is right and bring the policies up to code.”

Which sounds pretty accurate to me but it caused Mr Cooke to clutch his pearls and pronounce, from his Oxonian soapbox:

This, I am afraid, is the logic of banana republics, not of free nations built explicitly on what Thomas Jefferson termed a “homage of reason,” and it is an unutterable disgrace that Williams is indulging it from the outside.

You get the idea . . .

Which brings us to today and the detonation of the “nuclear option” aka the most thoroughly misunderstood Senate rule change ever.  But Mr Cooke, with his Mod Hist degree and Movember shadow, saw right to the heart of the matter and hyperventilated with Gretchen Carlson, on Fox News, on the “staggering” hypocrisy, of it all.  And where, oh where, will it all end . . . ?

First, to steal a phrase from young Cooke, he “[p]arrot[ed] the [Right’s] intellection almost verbatim, telling Carlson that the Senate rule change was done “only to distract from the Obamacare disaster.”

What Obama just did is make a general case against minority rights.  It was ‘the system doesn’t work how I want it to, so therefore the system is wrong. If President Barack Obama thinks ‘American business is far too important for the rules,’ then who’s to say we couldn’t just “ignore the House” or “have a military coup”?

Perhaps, Mr Cooke, if you take a longer look you will see that Harry Reid [not President Obama] made the case that the “system” no longer works the way that it was intended, or designed to work and therefore needs an intervention.  In that way, perhaps, the government can go back to doing the people’s business.  But maybe you missed that lecture . . . ?

I have a son who’s ten years older than Mr Cooke, so I know about youthful exuberance but Jeez, Louise don’t we have enough homegrown nuts without giving this prat air time.  I understand that conservatives have big problems attracting young voters like Mr Cooke but, if this is GOP youth outreach, I’m thinking it might be time to go back to the Growth and Opportunity Project drawing board.

Meanwhile, Cheers! Mr Cooke, I wish you a long and happy life.  And, toward that end, it might be a good idea to go back to the shallow end and work on your strokes.

 

Posted by Bette Noir on 11/21/13 at 05:44 PM • Permalink

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since gretchen got her own show she’s been trying on intense, fearless, truthseeker faces. some of them are ron burgundy good, particularly if the answer to her question is delayed and she has to hold the expression.

Well, you do have to give him some credit. He saw an opportunity to grift and he went for it and got it. Of course, he did have to turn off his conscience, but he does get 30-40 years on wingnut welfare. I bet there are a lot of people out there consumed with jealousy that they did not think of this first.

What Obama just did is make a general case against minority rights.  It was ‘the system doesn’t work how I want it to, so therefore the system is wrong. If President Barack Obama thinks ‘American business is far too important for the rules,’ then who’s to say we couldn’t just “ignore the House” or “have a military coup”?

This is honestly one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever heard a wingnut say.  ELECTIONS HAVE FKING CONSEQUENCES!!  I mean, what about majority rights you moron?

@mar I think the kid gets his parliamentary democracy and presidential democracy confused.

He’s used to a parliamentary style where the executive branch is dependent on the support of the legislative branch and often includes members of the legislature so the executive always has a majority of the votes, enabling them to pass legislation.

In a presidential system, the executive is chosen independently from the legislature so it’s possible to get the kind of mess we have now.

@neoconstantine very observant! I’ve been thinking about getting her a gift card for some Stanislavski method classes . . .

You know if this twit ever got ill, he’d be running back into the arms of a socialized healthcare system pronto.

In a presidential system, the executive is chosen independently from the legislature so it’s possible to get the kind of mess we have now.

Possible, yes.  But it really hasn’t happened before and certainly not to this extent.  If only there was a reason why . . . OH WAIT!  I THINK I KNOW WHY!!

The guy’s just trading on the fact that he’s what passes for “youth” in the GOP-neocon party/snakepit, and on the standard US winger’s deference to a British accent.

Douchey McDoucheington the 3rd, 7th Douchenozzle of Doucheberg.

He’s been here two years and he’s working at all those places. How did he get his green card? It’s not like the US is in dire need of right-wing pundits.

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