So Michael Totten, raging right-winger that he is, goes out and contributes to a website called DonkElephant, which is trying to appeal to centrists.
The reward for setting up said website? A giant shit sandwich.
Everyone knows there are known facts, and you are only allowed to subscribe to the ones that come to you via email from the GOP or the ones you pick up at Talking Points Memo. Any deviation from said talking points on either side, and you are a heretic.
I see it here in the comments. There is only one set of ‘known facts’ allowed, and those are determined by your party affiliation. You have your choice between the two constructs:
1.) Karl Rove and Republicans are the devil incarnate, worse than Aids, nuclear war, syphillis, puppy-blending, Richard Nixon, and Charles Manson all wrapped up in one, and he and Republicans most certainly have done everything they have been accused of and more.
2.) Howard Dean and the Democrats are the devil incarnate, less patriotic than Aldrich Ames, the Rosenbergs and Al Gore, and most certainly just saying things because they hate America.
Deviate slightly from the first set of known facts, and you are just parroting GOP talking points. Be warned- you will get swamped with sanctimonious emails and comments claiming that you are a liar and that people are ‘saddened’ that you have ‘sunk to this level,’ merely ‘reciting GOP talking points.’
Deviate slightly from the second set of known facts, and you are an enabler, an adherent to the culture of death, you are unpatriotic, you ‘don’t get it,’ and you hate America.
I am tired of both sets of ‘known facts,’ and I am tired of being nice and being fair to people who are so rigidly dogmatic about their own narrow worldview that nothing other than the party line is acceptable discourse.
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And proving that sanctimony comes at the expense of recognizing irony, P. Lukasiak writes in the comments:
This “both sides are to blame equally” is just more GOP talking points. They simply aren’t — the Bush White House has pursued a strategy of demonizing its enemies, and anyone who is a critic is an enemy.
Once again, John is recycling GOP talking points, and he doesn’t even know it.
Where would the world be without non-partisan straight shooters like Lukasiak? Democrats good. Grunt. Republicans bad. Grunt.
And how deep-rooted are the GOP talking points? So far that they have taken hold with 8 Democratic Senators and poor deluded Bob Somersby at the Daily Howler:
Why did Wilson turn out to be wrong on this matter? Why didn