Pre-Packaged Poison

Three news items converged late this week to shed some light on what’s up with the struggle for America’s soul. First, a tea party goon hopped up on birtherism and Matriarch of Mayhem videos interrupted Elizabeth Warren at a volunteer meeting to call the candidate a “socialist whore” with a “foreign-born” boss: 

Notice how he encounters a locked door when he tries to make a grand exit after hurling insults at a candidate who treated him graciously. Classy guy. Smart too!

Asked about the heckler, Warren said:

“I actually felt sorry for the guy. I really genuinely did. He’s been out of work now for a year and a half. And bless his heart, I mean, he thought somehow it would help to come here and yell names. I’m not angry with him, but he didn’t come up with the idea that his biggest problem was Occupy Wall Street. There’s someone else pre-packaging that poison—and that’s who makes me angry.”

And who is pre-packaging the poison? We’ll get to the poison-manufacturing facility in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at what one of its fading distribution agents said last night:

Sarah Palin told Republican donors Thursday that Occupy Wall Street protesters want the same thing as the “fat cats” they’re upset with — a government bailout.

Palin criticized the protesters as believing they’re entitled to other people’s productivity and money and said they’ve drawn the wrong conclusions. Instead, the former Alaska governor said people should look to the tea party.

Uh huh. Palin is old news, of course—just a few weeks removed from Walmart opening ribbon-cutting ceremonies. However, someone who still matters is listening: A campaign memo leaked this week shows GOP nominee in waiting Willard M. Romney has correctly identified the source of the poison and is eager to become its chief purveyor:

Less than two months before the Iowa caucuses, Romney is skipping a major Iowa event Friday—where every other GOP hopeful will be—to deliver a keynote speech on fiscal policy to the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Americans for Prosperity is led by billionaire Republican donor David Koch, whose endorsement Romney seeks. An Oct. 4 internal Romney campaign memo obtained by The Washington Examiner describes Koch as the “financial engine of the Tea Party” even though Koch “denies being directly involved.” Koch endorsed Romney for president in 2008 and his well-funded group is credited with electing dozens of Republicans to Congress in 2010 and creating a network of Tea Party loyalists who are critical to Romney’s chances of winning the nomination, political strategists say.

Willard might be a whirling weathercock, but he’s not stupid, and he wants to be president very badly. That’s why he’s bypassing Iowa voters to seek an audience with the people who really matter. Romney will say what the Kochs want to hear today, and they’ll align their Colonial-themed puppet show behind him.

Will the rubes in the audience fall into line? Well, they haven’t exhibited much capacity for independent thought, so yeah, probably. Still, trying to pass Multiple-Choice Mitt off as anti-Big Gubmint reformer, champion of zygotes and enemy of “crony capitalism” is going to be a stretch.

But still, we’re talking about people who accepted career GOP politician Dick Armey as a “grassroots” tea party leader and mouthed America’s Health Insurance Plans-authored talking points at healthcare townhall meetings to stage a “spontaneous,” patriot-powered We the Pipple revolt. There’s no reason to believe they’ve suddenly developed a resistance to being duped.

Here’s what I wonder: Are the Kochs sorry Cain’s campaign blew up? A KochCain administration would be a highly attractive prospect to those greedy bastards. But on the other hand, they’re crafty enough to know the Hermanator has zero chance of beating President Obama. Hell, maybe the Kochs orchestrated the release of the sexual harassment information to get the unexpectedly resilient oaf out of the way.

I wouldn’t put it past them. They have a large investment to protect.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 11/04/11 at 10:40 AM • Permalink

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Are the Kochs sorry Cain’s campaign blew up?

Seen the polls?  Reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

Comment by Steve M. on 11/04/11 at 11:33 AM

That locked door really took the air out of that guy’s “Good DAY to you!” moment.

It also reminded me of this.

@ Steve—I saw them, but I still say Cain is toast. It just hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

@ Dave S—that Bush vs the Door thing just never, ever gets old. Gyad, whatta maroon.

Unless a real smoking gun shows up about Cain and his randy talk/gestures, I’m fairly sure his supporters are going to stick with him.  The accusations actually bolster their support, not break it down. Allow me to explain:

A few years ago, similar allegations were being lodged against an old white guy local news hairdo in my old hometown, and my wingnut dad defended him until there was actual video of some events, and even then he fell back on the “bitch set him up” defense.  It was obvious from the very beginning of the allegations that the skeevy old local bigshot had gotten away with this shit for years; well, at least it was obvious to anyone without that finely honed, Faux Spews-fed sense of the perpetual victimhood of the old white cracker male persuation.  Supporters are sticking by Cain for the same stupid-ass reason.

I am of course referring to Cain’s hardcore supporters, not the “me-too’s”. 

Ms. Warren deserves major kudos for the comment about pre-packaged poison; she is a wonder to behold!

Once they’re on the hook, the supporters never want to give up the sweet, sweet bait.

It’d be interesting to see how loyal Jim Bakker’s followers were before things finally fell completely apart for PTL… Might give us a more clear timeline for how long Cain has…

Koch behind the revelation makes as much sense as anything. But, sexual harassment is not a concern for Republicans, they just blame the victim and the PC culture which is keeping normal people from doing normal things out of fear.

I more suspect that the reason the “Hey! Lookit this!” story hit the waves is because something is being snuck in (or out) under the radar. Like Weiner hitting the fan to knock Thomas out of the headlines.

Cain at Kock event:

“I’m a Kock brother from another mother”


@ Nellcote—He don’t lie, he don’t lie, he don’t lie: KochCain!

I think Cain is the GOP’s current Zaphod Beeblebrox- his function is to draw attention away from the sheer craptasticness of the other candidates.

That’s a good theory, BBBB. Cain’s antics (and those of the other stooges with whom he shares the stage) could also serve to hasten the Republicans’ eventual acceptance of the bitter pill that is Mitt Romney.

The problem with courting GOPTPers is they must have their red meat. The reason Palin stayed popular, the reason Cain stays popular is because they say all of the right things.

However, The right things have become so extreme that you can’t say them and get elected. Once you do say them, you have to stick to them or Das Base gets angry. I don’t think even Mittens can flip-flop his way through that maze.

Socialist whore? I’m paying market rate out here, and it sucks. There is a role for central planning after all?

It would have been nice if someone had stood up before this citizen had gone to the door and said, “Okay, you called her a socialist whore.  Do you have a job now, chief?”

However, The right things have become so extreme that you can’t say them and get elected.

I hope this is true.



I love how Elizabeth Warren handled this with warmth, compassion, and grace.  She rocks my socks.

I agree, Asiangrrl. The contrast is striking. It also reminds me of how Obama handled McCain during the debates. Just stay on focus, be firm, but don’t take the bait.

And then let them look like the jerks they are as they try to make their grand exit.

Also, one of my favorite moments in Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” is when a character declares his love—then stumbles down a flight of stairs. This is kind of like that—only with an asshole instead of a well-meaning heartbroken Russian. And a door.

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