This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was more than enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn’t hold back.
After Hayes’ detailed description of “Obamacare derangement” syndrome, Stefano came out of the gate in full “Gish Gallop,” spewing more inaccuracies than even Hayes could hope to address during the interview. Fortunately, Ari Melber and NOW president Jennifer O’Neil stepped in to fact check Stefano.
What could have driven Stefano off the deep end?
- Maybe it was the certainty that Obamacare enrolments would reach six million this week, making 7 million a real possibility.
- Maybe it’s that young adults are signing up at a faster rate than anyone else.
- Maybe it’s that most Americans want to keep Obamacare, and want Congress to get to work improving it.
- Maybe it was that the latest Obamacare “horror story” got busted by its subject.
It’s anybody’s guess, really. Here’s the best of the worst from wingnuttia this week.
- Glenn Beck declared that WW III has already begun, and prayed that God would kill Russian president Vladimir Putin to stop the rebuilt Soviet Union/New World Order.
- The National Review’s Heather MacDonald wrote that black children have “weak impulse control” compared to white children, and that’s why black children are disciplined more often in school.
- Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly called Rep. Barbara Lee (D, CA) a “race hustler,” for criticizing Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R, WI) comments about “inner city culture” and poverty.
- O’Reilly then continued with a Ryan-esque rant against the poor, saying: “They grow up with no skills, and they can’t read and speak, and they have tattoos on their neck.”
- Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY) said that President Obama should apologize to Pope Francis for Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
- Deficit hawk and former U.S. senator Alan Simpson schooled a female Des Moines Register reporter on the subtle difference between “naked” and “nekkid.” (Hint: The latter means “you don’t have any clothes on but you’re up to something.”)
- Republican consultant Katie Packer Gage said that the reason Democrats have more women in office is because of their “affirmative action philosophy,” while Republicans “want to elect qualified people, and if they happen to be women, that’s a bonus.” So, if Republicans have fewer women in office, it’s because they can’t find any they think are qualified.
- Iowa state senator, and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst wants you to know that her background in pig castration qualifies her to go to Washington and, “Make ’em squeal.”
- With a cringe-worthy send-up of Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” interview, Dinesh D’Souza confirmed once again that “conservative humor” is an oxymoron.
- National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring made a funny, when he jokingly tweeted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might have Alzheimer’s, after Reid said he didn’t recall accusing Republicans of lying about Obamacare horror stories.
- One week after kicking a Kentucky reporter out of his news conferences, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proved himself half-right when he claimed that the First Amendment is “under coordinated assault from groups on the left.”
- Former Secretary of Defense, Iraq War architect, and impromptu poet Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren that “a trained ape” could do a better job with U.S. diplomacy than President Obama.