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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Twitchiest And Most Influential Voice In the GOP’s Grassroots Will Make Sure The Party Never Rebrands

The Twitchiest And Most Influential Voice In the GOP’s Grassroots Will Make Sure The Party Never Rebrands

If you want a crash course in why the GOP’s “rebranding” is doomed, look at what happened with Cracker Barrel over the weekend.

The often off-ramp-accessible restaurant chain announced on Friday that it would be pulling Duck Dynasty products from its shelves in response to an interview in which the family’s “patriarch” said, among other things, that homosexuality leads to bestiality.

Within hours, the right-wing website Twitchy posted the chain’s tweet announcing the move along with enraged responses from fans of the show or fans of anti-gay rhetoric in general.

From there, the outrage spread and by Sunday morning, Cracker Barrel surrendered:

And soon another Twitchy post was celebrating the victory.

Some have compared Twitchy to a teenage “slambook,” a notebook students pass around and fill with pointed opinions about their classmates. I’ve called it the website that challenges the notion that the content of a post should make more sense than the comments.

But there’s no doubt that the hyperpartisan site is hyper-successful; it’s the 1,054th most popular online destination in the United States, making it a leader in the right-wing blogosphere just behind at 1,037 and ahead of at 1,566 and at 4,753. And the site was just sold for an undisclosed amount to the publishers of

By simply reposting tweets with minimal commentary, Twitchy operates on the belief that anyone who has something nasty to say about President Obama or Democrats is a star. Anyone on Twitter who skewers the left well enough can make headlines on the site. Have any hint of notoriety already and negative things to say about the president? Tweet away and “Twitchy Staff,” the mysterious author of every post, will definitely write it up.

Then Michelle Malkin will tweet the post to her 650,000 or so Twitter followers and possibly share it with the more than 1.3 million people who follow her on Facebook.

Her fans made Malkin, a fiery columnist and Fox News contributor, famous. And by returning the favor, she not only built a business but is fine-tuning an online activism machine that can rain down outrage with great vengeance and furious anger whenever she or her writers decide someone is deserving of scorn.

Twitchy’s CEO helped spark the news story that dominated the end of this year when she tweeted the notice she received from her insurance company in September telling her that her plan had been canceled. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) immediately retweeted her and a meme was born.

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  • judi

    Michelle Maulkin…..nothing more need to be said. Screetching insane hyperbolic unbalanced hateful RWNJ playing on the already low IQ Duck and FOX. Watchers…..

  • paganheart

    Remember that nasty little Mean Girl who made your life a living hell in 8th Grade? She grew up to be Michelle Malkin. The woman is a sociopath.

  • sigrid28

    The bullying women of the far right have something in common: their youth and beauty give them license to play the Mean Girl with impunity. The men who act as verbal bullies on the far right, by contrast, will not win any beauty contests and are of a certain age–as we will say of these shrill-tongued harpies when they enter their fifties and sixties and their looks fade. Michelle Malkin may play the beauty contest finalist with the smart mouth today, contriving quips for the moment, with nary a thought to the future–her own or her party’s–but is there any staying power in her role, playing soccer mom dominatrix to a fantasy liberal slave, as progressives just don’t take her that seriously. This, I think, really makes her mad. But she would not know what to do if Democrats suddenly joined her right wing entourage. Literature of all nations has had a hayday making fun of the kind of


    The Medusa was an ugly creature. Let’s have a look at how she came into existence, for she wasn’t always that ugly… Again, the Gods played their role.
    The Medusa was the daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children ofGaea (Earth) and Oceanus(Ocean). She was one of the three sisters known as the Gorgons. The other two sisters were Sthenno and Euryale. Medusa was the only mortal out of the three.
    She was originally a golden-haired and very beautiful maiden, who, as a priestess of Athena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; but, being wooed by Poseidon, whom she loved in return, she forgot her vows, and became united to him in marriage. For this offence she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair which had so charmed her husband, was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes now became blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the beholder; whilst her former roseate hue and milk-white skin assumed a loathsome greenish tinge.
    Seeing herself thus transformed into so repulsive an object, Medusa fled from her home, never to return. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by all the world, she now developed into a character, worthy of her outward appearance. In her despair she fled to Africa, where, as she passed restlessly from place to place, infant snakes dropped from her hair, and thus, according to the belief of the ancients, that country became the hotbed of these venomous reptiles. With the curse of Athene upon her, she turned into stone whomsoever she gazed upon, till at last, after a life of nameless misery, deliverance came to her in the shape of death, at the hands of Perseus.

    • Josh S

      Some of us listened to what she said and recoiled from the ugliness at the beginning.

    • Jane Caspar

      I always enjoy the lessons from mythology,so many of which are universally applicable. Another thing that I abhor about the Fox Barbies is the way they drown out with their ugly voices anything a guest might say , Their voices have the timbre of high bagpipe notes but completely without the glory and grandeur of the pipes, just with the shrill nasality that makes it impossible to hear what the poor guest tries to say. except,of course for Ann Coulter who just has the glare of a basilisk. (more mythology)

  • ginjaninjaavenja

    Someone needs to cuntpunt this runty cunty cunt.

    • Nathaniel

      While I abhor violence, I would whole-heartedly support this action in the electoral sense, in doing so to her candidacy when she’s up for re-election! This would be a wonderful development for the people of her district and the nation overall ~

    • Lady Willpower

      I wish you wouldn’t. This is the kind of stuff that just gets re-tweeted by them, as an example of how “vile” we are.

  • midway54

    Malkin is a disgusting female creature, whose ranting hatred knows no bounds. Some years ago she would appear on some Sunday talk shows as a panelist, but the networks grew tired of her contemptible image and stopped the invitations….except of course the Fox “News” Network, where she is a very fitting complement to the scoundrels infesting that place.

  • elw

    What they say does not really matter because they have lost their battle and are only speaking to their shrinking base. No matter how bad the President’s approval ratings are, theirs are worse. The 113th Congress has the worst record for days worked and bills passed in the history of the Congress. Their ratings are in the teens and they may
    want to think that the ACA is the down fall of Democrats but it is theirs simply because they have failed to see they have lost that issue. They choose to ignore the 3 million hard working Americans who have already bought or are in the process of buying a policy and growing stories of happy people who finally have healthcare coverage. By November what most people will remember is the Republican lies, their hateful assertions about women, people of color and on sexual orientation and the facts that they cut food stamps for hungry children, passed legislation that made it difficult for women to have access to legal abortion service and birth control, that the Republicans spent more effort trying to take away peoples right to vote and to try and repeal the ACA than they did passing laws that would help the Middle Class and the needy. Oh they will keep their ever smaller base, but there are not enough of them to out vote the rest of

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    The really scary thing about Michelle Malkin – she makes Ann Coulter almost sound mentally balanced.

  • Bill Maher said it best. Michelle Malkin belongs in the same category as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin: Someone with zero interest in influencing actual policy and total interest in separating the craziest 1% of the country from their money.

    Seriously, ask yourself: When was the last time Malkin made an appearance without one of her books?

    • Ender Wiggin

      Except didn’t your hero Bill used to date Coulter? Oops.

      • I’m struggling to decide what is more laughable: The likeliness of that actually being true, or the fact that you think that would actually be relevant even if it were.

        • Ender Wiggin

          Not really relevant, other than the fact that you adore Bill Maher because he spews liberal nonsense and more hatred than 20 Conservative commentators combined. And it’s a rumor, but it could be true. Why not.

    • Ender Wiggin

      Does Rush, Ann or Sarah have any actual power in politics? No, zero, none. None of them are in office currently, so your boy Bill is wrong as usual. They are all entertainers, just like him.

  • centerroad

    She’s one of the right wing hate chicks, all lipsticked up she’s pretty on the outside but rotten to the core like, Palin, Coulter, Ingrahm, Kelly.

    Rightie role models for the young christian gals.

    • Ender Wiggin

      Being anti Christian isn’t working out all that well for you libs right now. Might want to try a new tactic.

      • A hell of a lot better than being anti-IQ has been working for you and your ilk (and go Bengals!).

        • Ender Wiggin

          Bengals zero rings, steelers six rings. Apparently me and my “ilk” are backing the winning team. Go steelers.

          • Ender Wiggin

            I do love the “tolerant left”. You guys claim to be so tolerant but anyone with opposing ideas must be an idiot. Sad really.

          • Last I checked, the liberals weren’t the ones who popularized the phrase “compromise is treason.”

            You tea-baggers are like the bratty kid who rips the head off a little girl’s doll, then runs crying to the teacher after she slugs him. You lie, you instigate, you threaten 2nd Amendment remedies, you peddle conspiracy theories, you threaten moderates never to compromise and denounce them as traitors if they do, and you admit flat outright that your only motivation is in screwing things up for the opposition as much as possible. Then when the opposition has finally had enough of your crap and tries to make progress without you, you start bawling your eyes out about how the liberals are being mean to you.

            You tea-bagger schmucks aren’t being tolerated because you have completely invested yourself in being as intolerable as possible. Try NOT spewing off hatred and stupidity at everyone you meet; maybe then you’ll get the tolerance you keep whining that you never receive.

          • Ender Wiggin

            1st: No compromise with treason is the actual quote and if we are going to go back to the 1800’s this will be a long discussion. 2nd When you call people, idiot, teabagger, schmuck, liar, instigator, and basically crybaby, who can wonder why Republicans won’t compromise with libs. I know, it’s odd. Oh yeah, Bengals suck.

          • You apparently expect me to forget that this began with you accusing all liberals of being anti-christian (even though it’s written right there further up the page).

            I say again, you are not being respected because you and your ilk have enshrined disrespect as if it were a virtue. You’re so bloody intolerant and uncompromising that you can’t even let go a crack about your friggin’ football team.

          • Ender Wiggin

            read my post again before you acuse me of lying. I never accused all of anyone of anything. I was replying to a single post. And you started the crack about my team, so I responded. Relax dude, it’s just politics.

          • Ender Wiggin centerroad
            7 hours ago
            Being anti Christian isn’t working out all that well for you libs right now. Might want to try a new tactic.

            Umm…yeah you did.

          • Hey jackass, it’s up there in text. That means, not only can I fact-check your B.S., I can go back and copy-paste it:

            “Being anti Christian isn’t working out all that well for you libs right now. Might want to try a new tactic.”

            Damn fucking right you’re a liar.

          • And that is what I love about you idiot tea-baggers: You’re very easily distracted and too stupid to follow more than one topic at a time.

            Of course, you also have to make everything political too. So much that you assume the rest of the tea-bagger trash you’re more than happy to suck dick for would dare root for a team from a blue state.

          • HellOnWheelz

            Ron Paul 2012

      • docb

        People are not anti-christian but anti faux christian, ender!

        Even Pope Francis calls them ‘ugly pagans’!….That makes your ilk need another tactic and label..Your actions speak louder than your words!

        • Ender Wiggin

          You are wrong of course and you are misquoting the pope. Not that I agree qi him, but he said “It is an ugly thing when you see a Christian who doesn’t want to humble himself, who doesn’t want to serve, a Christian who struts about everywhere: it’s ugly, eh? That is not a Christian: that’s a pagan!”

          Why are you libs always so angry? You should try just being happy with yourself and what you have. Who knows you might like it.

  • RMillward

    No matter HOW comically over-the-top Malkin’s blatherings are, give the “Comments” on some of her blog posts a read… Granted, there are really only four or five dozen regular “characters” doing all the grinding of the organ Malkin’s army of flying monkeys dance to, but MAN! they are prepared to not only believe but recite – verbatim! – whatever talking points are pooped out by the Right Wing Noise Machine. The amount of utterly, DEMONSTRABLY untrue crazy she spits about Common Core on at least a biweekly basis is staggering – and the sideshow freaks lap it up.

    • Nathaniel

      Agreed 1000%… Great comment!

  • Dominick Vila

    The unfortunate truth is that right wing radicalism has controlled the agenda since the Reagan era. The Cracker Barrel example is just the latest of a long list of examples that lead to both government officials and corporate heads changing course or retracting statements. Let’s not forget what happened when President Obama proposed raising the tax rate of those earning over $250K a year to help balance the budget and mitigate the accumulation of debt. That proposal was quickly turned into economic Armageddon, the same happened when proposals were made to eliminate tax loopholes, reduce corporate subsidies, and go after overseas tax havens. The party of moral values and fiscal responsibility limits its standards to those who promote hatred, and to the elite that controls policy making and our way of life.

  • Nathaniel

    This is a good thing, right? I mean, if they continue w/their un-American ways, people can’t mistake the critical need to vote against them, right? Their opposition to Health Care for those w/out it, opposing the SNAP program, opposing Unemployment extension, their support for ripping off students (for their loan debt), support for hastening environmental destruction… the list goes on… At what point do (republican) voters “get it”…

    • Independent1

      I think our best hope is that there really is a point where the clueless right does in fact “get it”. And that that point is before the 2014 and 2016 elections. I can’t even begin to imagine the disaster that the GOP will create for America over the next 6 years, if the country doesn’t wake up and is stupid enough allow what happened in 2000 to repeat (vote in a GOP president with another rubber-stamp GOP congress).

    • Independent1

      Probably what is equally as important as getting some on the clueless-right to see what you were pointing out, is to get more Independents and Democrats to “get it” also. We simply cannot have a repeat of 2000 when more than 100 million Americans failed their civic duty of voting.

      Democrat legislators, more than Elizabeth Warren, need to do whatever they can to get themselves on nationally broadcast talk, news, morning shows, whatever, to educate the American public with respect to what has really been accomplished over the past 5 years despite GOP obstructionism and the danger America faces if voters are clueless enough to recreate the Bush years. Making it clear just how disastrous to America the 12 years under the Bushes were to the country (those 12 years were the most lackluster in the past 7 decades from any aspect you may want to consider).

      • Nathaniel

        One of the most important, but overlooked sections of this article is the actual foundation of Ms. Malkins’ hysterics, is her disdain for the public education (system & standards – nationally) that she & the predominance of her supporters lack. While ‘private’ education is fine in a very narrow sense, Public Education is enshrined as one of the pillars of our democratic institutions. The reasons are more than obvious, w/the ‘voids’ & ‘gaps’ in the knowledge & understandings ‘missing’ from Ms. Malkins’ & supporters ‘perceptions’ (or misperceptions more precisely) of what Democracy truly “IS” – NOT “assumed” to be. I keep seeing mention made of the Federalist Papers & I understand that conservatives even have a ‘Federalist Society’, which promotes the tenants contained in its volumes; I purchased it recently & am blown away by the quite ‘Liberal’ nature/quantity/quality of the writings & recommend it to any/everyone trying to get a fix on exactly what we need to know & understand about being responsible citizens – again – acquired through a uniform, comprehensive “Public Education” system, provided to ALL Americans – WITHOUT CHARGE no less. This produces the best affects, via our tax dollars, in the regeneration of committed patriots, towards the cause of not only American, but global Democracy…

        • Bryan Blake

          Like all things conservative they have appropriated history and are attempting to pervert it to their purposes. The Constitutional Convention was called because The Articles of Confederation could not function – especially in a far flung country. The Articles of Confederation were nothing more than a Libertarian form of government hastily entered into during the Revolution. The Convention discarded the Articles and began to write The Constitution. After it was completed it was sent to the states for ratification.

          Two schools formed. The Federalist who supported the Constitution and The Anti-Federalists who opposed it. The Federalist Papers came out of this struggle to ratify The Constitution. One might compare the modern day Republican Party to the Anti-Federalist and the extremist Christians and Tea Party would probably fit right in. Especially with their Libertarian inclinations.

          What we must remember is those who support the tyranny of the few have always disguised themselves as the defenders of the most noble ideas of humanity. The Federalist Society is nothing more than an ultra conservative organization that would readily diminish the Constitutional Rights of We The People until they no longer exist.

  • charleo1

    Having dined at Cracker Barrel’s, so down homesy, “you want to spit on the floor,”
    chain of greasy spoons. I can say without qualification, they cater to the largest cliental in the Nation! No, not large as in numbers, but in the average size of the
    typical Cracker Barrel customer! They’re huge! Cracker Barrel Inc. invariably
    hosts the largest congregation of the fattest human beings you’ve ever seen in
    one place, in your entire life! No cottage cheese, and fruit salad, for this bunch. The only question is, do you want biscuits, or cornbread, or both, with our special of the day, Country Fried Steak,& gravy, with a side of either our famous buttery mashed potatoes, or our equally famous buttery baked stuffing, with our legendary, apple
    pie. Baked in our own butter lined oven, and the sweetest, sweet iced tea, this side
    of the Mason Dixon. One can almost see the myocardial infarctions, along with
    the aggravating onset of type 2 diabetes, happening right before one’s eyes! If
    we really must bend the cost curve of healthcare to a downward trajectory. We
    could make no smarter move, than closing down these cardiovascular destruction
    zones permanently!

    • Ann Snyder

      As someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been astounded and appalled at the types of food (fast and slow) that dominate Southern and Southeastern restaurants. I ordered a salad at one place while traveling through the region and had to send it back because it included fried bacon. At another place I asked if they had any non-meat items because I was a vegetarian and the waitress in all sincerity trying to be helpful said they had fried chicken on the menu. And, the absolutely most bizarre meal I received was the chow mein dish that came covered with a huge dollop of gravy.

      • charleo1

        I’m laughing out loud, right now! Yes Maam! I’ll bet you didn’t know fried bacon, and a dollop of gravy, goes with just about everything!
        That is so hilarious!

  • Rick Canton ®

    Seems like @LOLGOP is jealous.

  • Bryan Blake

    The GOP lost the youth vote in 2012. So now they are in full court press to snow what youth they can with their propaganda. Naturally the DLCcrats will not answer the GOP offensive. They would have to ask their corporate funders to fund the opposition to that which they are already funding. Hopefully the majority of young people will see through this ruse – but then again there is facebook.

  • alwaysthink

    The constant stream of crazy from the likes of Malkin and crew is designed to turn off as many people from politics as possible.

    The vulgar comments from the Duck guy make most folks turn off the news for a game show or other distraction.