Why the Republicans Need to Lose

The video below of Fox News contributor Liz Trotta gleefully laughing over the idea of someone assassinating either Obama or Osama seconds after she conflates the two says it all.



The fact that the only response the Republicans have to a possible bad election cycle is to indulge in sick assassination fantasies shows the depravity to which the Republican party has sunk. Murder is, apparently, preferable to loosing. Now you might argue that Trotta is a journalist and I will happily, for the moment, set aside the fact the Fox News is nothing but the propaganda arm of the Republican party. Time was, when comments like that would have gotten one yanked from the air. Instead we get a glib “tell us what you really think”. When vile, despicable remarks like that pass for rational discourse one has to seriously wonder. When did it become acceptable to giggle over the death of a fellow human being. It’s like the Republican party has watched a snuff film to many. Time was when simple human decency meant something and what really mattered was not whether one won or lost, but how one played the game. Currently, the Republicans are playing the game like demented psychopaths and winning won’t change them into voices of sweet reason. I hope, sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, that there are some upright, decent, and honest Republicans out there somewhere. I hope that they will be able to take control of the Republican party and restore some measure of sanity, but until that happens, the Republicans deserve to lose.
(Hat Tip to Josh Marshall)
Update 1: She has since apologized

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21 Responses

  1. Instead we get a glib ‘tell us what you really think.’
    ??
    Seems that reply, and its purpose, was deliberately truncated, by whoever prepared the clip. Perhaps sharing the response to that ‘what do you really think’ thought might have clarified what she really meant. Might have given her the time to clear her confused mind.
    Seems to me that it was Ms. Clinton that introduced the ‘assassination’ meme into recent political discourse.

  2. My deepest regrets at mentioning the possibility in another post here. But I’m worried that there are too many people with too much to lose if Obama becomes president.

  3. Seems to me that it was Ms. Clinton that introduced the ‘assassination’ meme into recent political discourse.

    Not so much. It was clear from the context that Clinton was referring to the timing rather than the event. There’s no doubt it would have been better had she said ‘the Democratic primaries of 1968′ instead of mentioning the RFK assassination, but it seems rather perverse to say she introduced an ‘assassination meme’.

  4. Sensitive? What Liz Trotta does speaks only of Liz Trotta. Yes, the conflation of Obama and Osama is childish. The fact she thought it was funny says a lot about her. It says nothing about anybody else. The making fun of assassination also says a lot about her. Again, it says nothing about anybody else.
    Or can scientists now draw general conclusions from specific events?

  5. Sensitive? What Liz Trotta does speaks only of Liz Trotta. Yes, the conflation of Obama and Osama is childish. The fact she thought it was funny says a lot about her. It says nothing about anybody else. The making fun of assassination also says a lot about her. Again, it says nothing about anybody else.
    Or can scientists now draw general conclusions from specific events?

  6. Not ture Alan. As noted in the post, Fox is the PR arm of the republican party. They have producers, directors and writers. Statements like that dont just appear on the air. You can say its just her comment, but what do you think would happen to her if she expressed support of Obama on the air? unemployment would happen, thats what.

  7. It is an objective fact that the Republican Party is now controlled by a twisted coalition between sick-fuck neo-Confederate racist, misogynist, jingoistic delusional demented fucking wackaloons and greed-besotted neo-feudal corporate fascist oligarchs. It is time for this unholy alliance of the worst aspects of human nature to be relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

  8. It is an objective fact that the Republican Party is now controlled by a twisted coalition between sick-fuck neo-Confederate racist, misogynist, jingoistic delusional demented fucking wackaloons and greed-besotted neo-feudal corporate fascist oligarchs. It is time for this unholy alliance of the worst aspects of human nature to be relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

  9. Sensitive? What Liz Trotta does speaks only of Liz Trotta. Yes, the conflation of Obama and Osama is childish. The fact she thought it was funny says a lot about her. It says nothing about anybody else. The making fun of assassination also says a lot about her. Again, it says nothing about anybody else.
    If she doesn’t get fired, it will say something about her employers. Broadcasters have been fired for much much less.

  10. LOL! Why don’t you say what you really feel, PhysiProf?
    Christ, you sound like me……with a larger vocabulary.

  11. PhysioProf needs to be a lot more civil in his/her comments on my blog. I have a low tolerance for that kind of nonsense.

  12. Seems to me that “Faux” News is getting more and more like Pravda and Izvestia of old. And fewer and fewer people are paying any attention to them, for that reason. Liz Trotta? Well, if she keeps on like this, nobody will pay any attention to her, either.
    Anne G

  13. I dunno – I heard a number of people who wanted to watch Death of a Predsident just to see George Bush Jr. get offed. Granted, a couple of those people were pretty conservative, but I’m sure there were more than two “liberals” who were happy with that scene in the movie.

  14. I dunno – I heard a number of people who wanted to watch Death of a Predsident just to see George Bush Jr. get offed. Granted, a couple of those people were pretty conservative, but I’m sure there were more than two “liberals” who were happy with that scene in the movie.

  15. None of whom contribute to the news…

  16. Good point. I can’t remember seeing a single “liberal pundit” talk dreamily about the idea of shooting George Bush Jr. If there had been, I’ll wager Fox News would have had a month-long special on it.

  17. Good point. I can’t remember seeing a single “liberal pundit” talk dreamily about the idea of shooting George Bush Jr. If there had been, I’ll wager Fox News would have had a month-long special on it.

  18. A lot of people have shown a crappy side over this. Guess what, people have been showing their crappy side since whenever. Lincoln was called a monkey, and Washington accused of wanting to be king. Compared to the 19th century what we’re getting is positively tame.
    And iRobot, wanting a party to be an arm of another party does not make it an arm of that other party.
    Science may not be the only way of knowing, but it is the only way of knowing that can be verified and corrected.

  19. I have been known to suggest, during discussion of women’s rights issues, that Barbara Bush (wife of GHWB and mother to GWB) should have had an abortion. 1) I don’t think that sinks to quite the same level and 2) I am not paid to comment on Fox News or any other network.

  20. Sorry, man. Your blog; you choice. Assuming that “more civil” means “don’t use a venerable English word with a literal meaning relating to sexual intercourse”:
    It is an objective fact that the Republican Party is now controlled by a twisted coalition between neo-Confederate racist, misogynist, jingoistic delusional demented wackaloons and greed-besotted neo-feudal corporate fascist oligarchs. It is time for this unholy alliance of the worst aspects of human nature to be relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

  21. Sensitive? What Liz Trotta does speaks only of Liz Trotta. Yes, the conflation of Obama and Osama is childish. The fact she thought it was funny says a lot about her. It says nothing about anybody else. The making fun of assassination also says a lot about her. Again, it says nothing about anybody else.
    Actually this argument might have been valid if it weren’t for the fact that Fox News has constantly and consistently doing this for the last 15-18 months. That alone squashes the naive notion that this is a single childish statement made by a lone woman. Fox “correspondents” have been doing this for months, O’Reilly has done it on numerous occasions, Ashcroft did it, Romney did it, Limbaugh has done it. It is a general pattern for the GOP and their talking heads, including Faux News.

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