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Adirondack Doug Gets The Caribou Barbi Treatment

Adirondack Doug Gets The Caribou Barbi Treatment

Scaaary Doug Hoffman is driving left-wing bloggers and columnists insane. Hoffman and his supporters now are the object of anti-Palin-like fury and mania from the left. The objective of the attacks is to marginalize and mock Hoffman and his supporters, much as the media tagged the Caribou Barbi label on Sarah Palin.

The Hoffman phenomenon has crawled so far into Democratic heads that they are tearing their hair out trying to get rid of it. The theme du jour is that supporters of Hoffman are paranoid.

The always intolerant and closed-minded Frank Rich accuses Hoffman supporters of being “a wacky, paranoid cult that is as eager to eat its own as it is to destroy Obama.” Rich cites to a Harper’s Magazine article written by Richard Hofstadter in the early 1960s about the John Birch Society, and uses that supposed analogy to refer to the Hoffman phenomenon as being “Stalinist.” Actually, if intolerance of others is the problem, a more modern name for the disease would be “Frank Rich-ism.”

Blogger Charles Lemos at MyDD also writes that supporters of Hoffman are paranoid, relying as well on Hofstadter’s description of political paranoia:

“The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms–he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point.”

Lemos then quotes Sean HannityMichele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as evidence of this phenomenon:

“The clock is ticking 11:59. This is our liberty and tyranny moment. This is about patriotism and manning up.” – Representative Michele Bachmann, October 30, 2009 on the Sean Hannity Show

“Our nation is at a crossroads, and this is once again a “time for choosing.” – Sarah Palin in her endorsement of Doug Hoffman on October 22, 2009

Lemos concludes from this that the Hoffman supporters are turning the Republican Party into “the party of the paranoid,” and that “I’ll brush up on my Richard Hofstader.”

Why did you wait so long? By this definition, the nation has been gripped by paranoia for over two years. One of Obama’s favorite campaign themes was to repeat Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “fierce urgency of now” line, and to insist that the nation was at an historic moment:

I am running for President, right now, because of what Dr. King called the fierce urgency of now. This moment is too important to sit on the sidelines. Our country faces determined enemies abroad, and definitive challenges at home….We need your service, right now, at this moment – our moment – in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be; that’s for you to discover. But I am going to ask you to play your part; ask you to stand up; ask you to put your foot firmly into the current of history. I am asking you to change history’s course.

Throughout his campaign and presidency Obama repeated this theme of the nation being at a turning point on which the future of the nation depended:

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By Lemos’ standard, Obama is a raving paranoiac, and Obama’s supporters are enablers. Or does Hofstadter’s deep insight into the human soul only apply to Conservatives?

It’s not like Conservatives have been running analyses of Obama’s letters looking for hidden curse words. Now that would be truly paranoid.

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We're wise to these insane haters on the Left. They do not scare us anymore!

The coming tea party tsunami of conservatism in 2010 has these people deranged and eating their shorts. Good.

Not apt and please excuse me. But can you imagine this: if that $787,000,000,000.00 was spent on vouchers it could have funded 52,000,000 $15,000.00 vouchers or put 4,000,000 students from K-12, creating jobs in education involving actual professional (scrutinized by market-based management) teaching and education administration.

The GOP has this golden ticket … education. It should talk about this incessantly because it works on so many levels. It really does explain income inequality and speaks to the hearts of all USAers. It is the way to win the 35-40% of Independent voters.

Jack Tapper at ABC is turning the tide: $160,000 per job and that is using Obama's numbers.

Progressively Defensive

"The Hoffman phenomenon has crawled so far into Democratic heads that they are tearing their hair out trying to get rid of it. The theme du jour is that supporters of Hoffman are paranoid."

…and they call us the angry mob, eh?
[::bemused, quirky smile emerges::]

"By Lemos' standard, Obama is a raving paranoiac, and Obama's supporters are enablers. Or does Hofstadter's deep insight into the human soul only apply to Conservatives?"

Sure, it's just a one-way street … it's the stark raving lunatic uber-liberal "way"! Heh.

It used to be somewhat amusing (on a really, really slow day at that) to watch them melt down en masse back in the day … before they rose to power and started foisting their liberal theoretic clap-trap onto the rest of us. Now, it isn't nearly so amusing.

Oligarchy, anyone? Mercy forbid!

"he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point."

The funny thing is that this happens ALL the time. Does he even realize that? I would guess not. How many civilizations have risen and fallen? Often times they die out becuase they engaged in stupid self destructive policies. Like we're doing today. So it's hardly paranoia as much as it is being aware of reality. See we don't have our heads stuck in the sand. America, and all she's has stood for, can disappear if her people allow it to happen. This is where we are.

They will call us paranoid, so be it. I will call them the yellow bellied, ignoramuses of history. The fool hearty who thought that their current standard of life would go on forever. The stupid who helped hasten their own ends and did not (and will never) comprehend all that they have done to themselves. Since I completely understand what the stakes are- Palin, and the others, are right. The time for choosing is here.

If realizing in the slightest that the current American liberal spending is the economic equivalent to forcing your children to inhale asbestos is cause to label conservatives as paranoid racists, does that not then lend credence to liberals supporting Roman Polanski as ready for the label of "proponents of child molestation"?

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