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The Tattlesnake Why the GOP Hates ACORN and the Poor Edition

Remember those ACORN-office videos that a right-wing ringer named James O’Keefe, posing as a pimp, surreptitiously taped with Hannah Giles, a young woman pretending to be his prostitute, that were a media kerfluffle a few months back?

Watching them gave me a familiar feeling it was the same feeling I had back in 2003 when glowering TV Doctor Colin Powell, performing at the U.N. Club in New York, shook a vial of white powder in front of the camera and claimed it was Saddam’s Very Own Anthrax. The feeling only increased when ‘Dr.’ Powell produced artist’s renderings of super-secret Iraqi chemical-labs-on-wheels, views that we apparently couldn’t catch photographically from sophisticated spy satellites or aerial reconnaisance overflights because well, he never actually said why.

This feeling, as close as I can come to describing it, is akin to doing Houdini’s Chinese Water Torture trick, wherein the master magician was suspended upside-down in a glass-paneled cabinet filled to the top with water — only instead of water, imagine horse manure.

The Tattler was wincing with disgust while laughing as I watched geeky white boy O’Keefe, dressed for all the world like Sonny Bono when he had Cher, babe, trying to pass himself off as Mr. Bad Ass Pimp to a collection of black women from the ‘Hood who had doubtless seen the real thing at sometime in their lives it was like casting Wally Cox as Don Vito Corleone: “Gee whillikers, we’ll make ’em an offer they won’t get mad at and refuse!”

Hannah didnt play her role much better she was dumb enough, but a little too clean and preppy but hers wasn’t the important role.

The college-educated ofay voice of O’Keefe, in the same tone as a census-taker, earnestly asking for help to avoid paying his pimp taxes and advice in running a brothel with underage girls rightfully had the ACORN women stifling grins. This was a surreal spectacle that only a teabagger could swallow whole without gagging on the absurdity.

Well, a teabagger, our vacuous illiberal media, and the growing crop of space cadets in our Congress.

It was expected that the GOP would indulge in their usual over-popped level of fake moral outrage they paid for the video, after all — and the pundits live off their crumbs, but couldn’t we have had at least one Democrat call ‘bullshit’ on this silly nonsense? No one but a halfwit would believe this skinny white boy wearing his mother’s old chinchilla coat is actually a pimp, and anybody who’s been around a city block more than once knows it. But the risible sight of O’Keefe in his cartoon pimp outfit is instructive, both as to the contempt with which the corporate Republican elite hold the public, and to their knee-shaking fear of the extension of democracy and equality to people without money.

The Republican Party’s fringe-right wingnuts, excuse me for repeating myself, have long had a bitter grudge against ACORN, the community service group that registers voters and helps poor people. Why? Because, to put it simply, the GOP hates the poor, even though they work diligently to produce more of them to reward their corporate backers with a large pool of ever-cheaper labor. This is filtered through several levels of the corporate Republican psyche:

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Today’s Quote-to-Quote: Darth Cheney and ‘Fib’ Kristol Unmasked

“Just going to be fun, don’t you think? Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you know? And I want to say that I was always on Darth Vader’s side.”
— Bill Kristol, commenting on the back-to-back speeches by President Obama and Dick Cheney May 21, 2009, as quoted by Karl Frisch at Media Matters.

“Now you tell us. You know, as one of the main intellectual forces behind the Iraq war, that’s kind of a weird thing to admit. You might have wanted to mention, ‘Oh, quick caveat to my plan on a new American century: I’m on the Darth Vader side.’ ”
— Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, responding to Kristol.

“The morning of 9/11the evening of 9/11before 9/119/119/11after 9/11since 9/119/119/119/119/11the point is not to look backwards.”
— Dick Cheney’s speech, as edited by The Daily Show.

“This was as sleazy a presentation by a vice president as we’ve had since Spiro Agnew. This was an absolute abomination.”
— Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s Hardball.

[H/T to Media Matters.]

Today’s Quote: Listen to the Cheney Chickenhawks Squawk

“Cheney’s is the speech of a grownup, of a chief executive, of a statesman. He’s sober, realistic and concrete, stands up for his country and its public officials, and has an acute awareness of the consequences of the choices one makes as a public official and a willingness to take responsibility for those choices.”
— Bill Kristol, covering for his old PNAC pal at The Weekly Standard, May 21, 2009.

‘Willingness to take responsibility’ — you mean like blaming the enlisted ratings at Abu Ghraib for conducting exactly the sorts of tortures Dick Cheney authorized? Cheney may well have an ‘acute awareness of the consequences of the choices’ he made as a public official, but he’s shown no inclination to apologize for lying to the American people for starting and prolonging an unnecessary war, nor to go under oath before Congress to defend those ‘choices,’ nor even to subject himself to the ‘harsh interrogation’ of an interview with a reporter who might ask him hard questions. He certainly hasn’t appeared in any open forum to answer questions from the general public. You also have to wonder how much Dick would ‘stand up for his country’ if those no-bid Halliburton/KBR contracts in Iraq weren’t earning him millions of dollars in retirement money. Like Bill Kristol, Cheney’s patriotism doesn’t extend to actually risking his pampered behind in any war he supports, but rather involves sitting behind a safe desk in Washington issuing empty ‘tough guy’ proclamations as others die in the field, types presently known colloquially as ‘chickenhawks,’ and in another era of US history as ‘cowards.’

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