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Thursday, October 27, 2016

This Week In Crazy: Obama And Oprah’s Race War, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Rick Santorum

Former senator, presidential also-ran, and possible criminal Rick Santorum shared his unique brand of economics this week, when he dismissed the term “middle class” as “Marxism talk.”

Speaking at a GOP fundraiser in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Santorum repeated a claim that he made during the 2008 presidential primaries: that the U.S. does not have any classes at all.

“Don’t use the term the other side uses. What does Barack Obama talk about all the time? The middle class,” he said. “Since when in America do we have classes? Since when in America are people stuck in areas or defined places called a class? That’s Marxism talk.”

“When Republicans get up and talk about middle class, we’re buying into their rhetoric of dividing America. Stop it. There’s no class in America,” Santorum added.

While it’s not surprising that a man who becomes nauseous at the mention of John F. Kennedy doesn’t have a totally firm grasp on the meaning of the term “Marxism,” it’s still surprising to see Santorum attack the term “middle class.” After all, as Amanda Terkel pointed out at The Huffington Post, Santorum himself has used the term quite frequently. It appears that — as with attack ads, college education, government-backed mortgages, and a host of other issues — Little Ricky believes that “class warfare” is evil, unless it happens to benefit him directly.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The bizarre statements and the irresponsible threats coming out of GOP “leaders” demonstrate a lot more than immaturity. They reaffirm the fact that most of the Republicans vying for the presidency are devoid of ideas, don’t know how to tackle the socio-economic and global problems we are facing, and have no choice but to rely on demonization and hyperbole to remain relevant. It will not work. Most Americans are looking for solutions, not finger pointing, and if the best the Tea Party zealots can do is focus on facile and childish claims they are bound to become irrelevant at a national level. The best they can hope for is to get the vote of those whose intellect and sense of responsibility are still at an early stage of evolution.

    • Elisabeth Gordon

      But… but ~ they don’t believe in evolution….remember the earth is 2,000 years old

      • Dominick Vila

        That’s it. Makes perfect sense to me…

    • Elisabeth Gordon

      The best they can hope for is an invitation to lunch at 1600 PA Avenue…BTW, Romney, what was on the menu?

  • The “red baiting” continues.

    Birchers called Eisenhower a ‘communist’ and ‘fellow traveler’.

    Even Richard Nixon would only associate with the JBS so far, but today’s GOP has swallowed the Koch Family lies whole.

    Only an ignorant and fearful population allows themselves to be suckered into the ridiculous fantasies of the extreme right. Education, accurate reporting and history are the biggest threats to today’s Republicans.

    • highpckts

      But where do we get “accurate” reporting?

      • Siegfried Heydrich

        PBS, NPR, BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, McClatchey, and, of course, here.

    • Dominick Vila

      Follow the money…

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Ah, yes. Megyn Kelly. Another Faux News (?) commentator selected for her cup size and not her intellectual stature.

    • johninPCFL

      She was a valedictorian. Most GOP Igors don’t know that, which explains her popularity.

    • Siegfried Heydrich

      One of Rupert’s Sonnenkinder.

  • samantha657

    as Valerie explained I’m dazzled that a single mom able to make $4255 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • JDavidS

    The usual line-up of the usual RepubliCON/Tea Clown suspects. However, the one bright light in this report is the speculation that the “Three Stooges” will moderate the GOP/Tea Clown debates. This prospect must have the Dem back-room boys just salivating! If you thought the “inspirational” line from Newt the Nut…”We will colonize the moon” was too funny for words, just wait for this one. The Dem brain-trust must be rubbing their hands in glee in anticipation I, for one, won’t miss it.!

    • idamag

      Don’t knock Newt Gingrich. He’s an ally.

  • sunmusing

    Ol’ Ricky S…I can’t look at a photo of him without “imagining” bluish butt juice dripping down a dog’s leg…Sick isn’t it?

    • Suralin

      I did not need that mental image.

  • johninPCFL

    Rush’s “too famous” comment belies the fact that asking any of them a question more serious than “what’s your name?” is likely to unleash a response that dooms them to Santorum’s 2012 fate. Rush is far happier sitting on the sidelines saying “I told you so” than causing the trainwreck.

  • DukeDacat

    “This Week In Crazy”: Wow……..all this nonsense in only 1 week, just imagine what will come out in the next 51 weeks..I can hardly wait………….

  • Me, Myself and I

    Limbaugh too famous? *laffs* More like too infamous. But if these clowns mod the debates *laffs again* I’ll be moving mountains to make sure I don’t miss it. Should be the epitome of horrifically amusing entertainment.

  • Pamby50

    I look forward to reading this week in the crazies. How they narrow it down to 5 must be tough. I can add a couple more. Steve Stockman from TX wanting to hire the clown that was fired in MO. Then Rick Tyler said that the only reason that the waiting lines were so long in minority districts is that they were run by democrats. They also have one week to vote and that should be enough. What a joke.

  • idamag

    Every one of these boards contains a scam about making money at home. Samantha657 is probably some guy operating from a ciber café in Nigeria. This is a well-known scam. ignore it and let National Memo know it is operating on their site.