Political Sleight of Hand

Fri, March 4, 2011


Michelle Obama is fat.

Wisconsin protesters are slobs.

Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy is “troubling,” but Bristol Palin’s, not so much?

If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker doesn’t get his way, he’s going to stomp his feet and start firing people to show the Democrats who oppose him who’s the boss.  You know, sort of like in those crime movies when the bad guys hold the gun to the head of the hero’s girlfriend to make him back down?


If I thought conservatives were really focused on juvenile behavior and pop culture moments likes these, I’d actually sleep easier at night.  But that’s all just political bait and switch.  Sleight of hand.  Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain stuff to get the media spotlight away from their war on women, both reproductive and economic, as well as efforts to keep things good for their political contributors rather than the country’s health.

If we’re busy paying attention to the over-the-top antics that make us shake our heads, we won’t be focusing on what they’re really doing.  Right?  I guess I’d better go shopping for some natural supplements to up my concentration power, because I have the feeling that this is just the start of many on the right creating their own Charlie Sheen moments so we won’t be paying attention to what they’re really up to.

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5 Responses to “Political Sleight of Hand”

  1. Jill Miller Zimon Says:

    And a Politifact Pants on Fire from the Ohio Statehouse: Republican and State Senate President Bill Niehaus said that protesters against SB5 literally defecated in the Statehouse:


  2. Chris Wysocki Says:

    If you want some truly unbiased first-hand reporting out of Wisconsin try Ann Althouse.


  3. Deekaman Says:

    Actually, Portman’s pregnancy is of little concern to 99% of us on the Right. Bristol Palin’s behavior certainly makes some of us go “hmmm”. But on the whole, we care much less about the Palin family dynamic than the Left seems to.

    Michelle put herself in the crosshairs (oh, sorry…violent imagery) when she decided what we should eat.

    Scott Walker is doing what he said he would do during the campaign. those acting childishly and stomping their feet are the cowardly State Senators who ran to Illinois and the public-sector unions who believe they have a right to collude with the government to rape the taxpayers (oops…more violent imagery….must be the gun-totin’ conservative in me. Better have Eric Holder and Big Sis Janet keep a close ye on me. Domestic Terrorist, no doubt).

    The country’s health? Have you taken it’s temperature lately? the private sector remains a basket case, mired in taxation and over regulation. While “unemployment” may be down slightly, it is only because (according to Gallup) there is a smaller workforce – that is, more people quit looking for work.

    “Elections have consequences” and “We won”. Sound familiar?

  4. PunditMom Says:

    I’d hardly call Ann Althouse unbiased. I enjoy her blog, but unbiased it is not.

  5. deborah l quinn Says:

    Do people in Wisconsin really think, as Walker has said, that public employees are the “haves” and taxpayers are the “have nots? First of all, don’t public employees pay taxes? Has anyone tried to live on the salary of a public school teacher lately? Most of the mid-level teachers I know have second (and sometimes third) jobs. That’s not quite the “haves.” Does David Koch have two jobs? Do any of the corporate honchos at Fox, or Goldman Sachs, or Merrill Lynch? It is precisely a big smoke-and-mirrors act, you’re so right! In the classic act of a flimflam man: dazzle’em with bullshit and then steal their wallets.

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