If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
What a difference an election makes! Remember just weeks ago, when Ebola was going to kill us all? At the time, more Americans had been married to Kim Kardashian than had died of Ebola. Yet no right-winger demanded to know what the president was doing to stop the further spread of Kardashian nuptials, or why America had no surgeon general to educate Americans about the real risks of getting hitched to a reality television star, or why the president had not appointed a “Kardashian Czar” to do the job.
But leading up to the election, the US media was in full-on Ebola panic.
You get the idea. Funny thing, though. Now that the election’s over — and the need for hysteria has passed, Ebola slipped off the national radar. Now, right-wingers attack the president for doing too much to fight Ebola, and call the president’s plan to fight Ebola a “boondoggle.”
- Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly called on Republicans to refuse the president’s measures to fight Ebola. He wants $6 billion so he can set up a plan to stop Ebola in West Africa, now we didn’t elect him for that and Congress, which holds the purse strings, they shouldn’t give him the money,” she told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
- After weeks of whipping up fears about Ebola, and attacking the president for not doing enough to fight it, Fox News called President Obama’s $6.2 billion request for funds to fight Ebola “a boondoggle.”
If the wingnuts have forgotten about Ebola, it’s because they’ve they’re attention turned to looking for a reason to impeach President Obama … for carrying out the functions of his office. The president might just give it to them. This week, the news was flooded with rumors that President Obama will soon move on immigration, and take executive action that will “protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation,” by allowing the unauthorized parents of American citizens or legal residents to remain in the country
You can imagine how the right reacted.
- Fox’s Megyn Kelly asked a Republican senator if he’s willing to defund the DOJ and other departments over executive action on immigration.
- Sandy Rios of the American Family Association was outraged that President Obama might announce executive action on immigration before Thanksgiving — and give millions of families more to be thankful for.
- Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer called the president’s proposed executive action an “impeachable offense.”
- Bill O’Reilly said the president “has decided to tear the country apart” by pursuing executive action on immigration.
- Republican Senators are threatening to block the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, over the issue of “executive amnesty” — the same perfectly legal executive power that they demanded for George W. Bush.
Here’s the best of rest of the worst in wingnuttery this week:
- The wingnut website Breitbart.Com was in such a hurry to attack the president’s new attorney general nominee that it attacked the wrong Loretta Lynch.
- The president came out in support of net neutrality, prompting Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) to call net neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet,” and got slammed — by conservatives.
- Bryan Fisher revealed how little he understands about net neutrality, when he praised Sen. Cruz’s opposition, saying that net neutrality would prevent customers from being allowed to pay more for faster internet service.
- The tea party group Freedom Works released a video explaining that treating all websites the same is not fair.
- Alex Jones melted down, declaring that the White House would use net neutrality to “shut down” his website, and called it a “high tech version of what the Soviets and the Nazis and the Chinese Communists and Fidel Castro and every other nut ball did.”
- Glenn Beck made the argument for net neutrality while attempting to argue against it.
- Beck also announced on his show that he is, indeed, not right in his head.
- Actor, Nixon aide, and right-wing media personality Ben Stein railed against the “beaten-down, pathetic, self-defeating black underclass,” in a rant on Newsmax TV.
- Fox News host Megyn Kelly fabulously flubbed Mike Huckabee’s name.
- Rush Limbaugh threatened to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for a series of emails repeating his “no means yes” quote about rape on college campuses.
- Talk show host Stan Solomon suggested that President Obama is, “A homosexual Muslim married to man,” and added “I can’t imagine how Barack Obama would do if he ever ventured into a Muslim country and didn’t have 800,000 armed people around him.”
- Bill O’Reilly has found a new enemy in the “War on Christmas”: Muslims.
- Pat Buchanan blamed Democrats for making the GOP a virtual whites-only policy.