Hacktastic: Martin Bashir and shrink analyze childish, possibly psychotic tea partiers

posted at 6:05 pm on August 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via the Standard, I think Karl’s got this one right. After a week of every shameless liberal “civility” scold in the media universe comparing Republicans to terrorists and other assorted miscreants, Bashir knew he had to do something special to break from the pack. Any time-serving left-wing hack on the New York Times op-ed page can compare tea partiers to terrorists. A clever, hard-working left-wing hack goes the extra mile and brings in a doctor to declare them certifiable. That’s more useful to the left than the “terrorist” label, in fact: Both lines of attack are meant to delegitimize the right, but clinical language adds a veneer of authority and expertise. If you’re disappointed that they didn’t drop the T-bomb, though, don’t fret. By the end of the clip, Peele is reassuring Bashir that austerity addiction might lead to terrorism. Bases covered.

I recommend watching it twice, the first time to take it in and the second time to focus on Peele’s criticism as an almost preternaturally perfect case of projection. We’re $14 trillion in debt, we’re at serious risk of a credit downgrade, we just had an epic congressional battle over a bill that ensures we’ll “only” add another $6 trillion in debt over the next 10 years, and the driver of all of this — entitlements, and specifically Medicare — is the one thing the left will never, ever, evah compromise on. Yet somehow this guy musters the stones to say this:

Well, the way I think about it is they are pursuing goals that can’t be achieved. It’s sort of like a child who has some kind of fantasy, and they keep asking you to give them things to acquire that, but it’s impossible to arrive at the goal that they want. The idyllic paths that they are pursuing probably never existed and certainly not something we can reach right now.

That reads like a paragraph from an interview in Reason magazine. Ah well. Two clips for you, one of Bashir and Peele and the other of media-friendly tea-party freshman Joe Walsh serving up a huge side of red meat in responding to Biden on “terrorism.” To repeat a point I made yesterday: They’re the ones holding the bomb.

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Getting spanked on his own show by Walsh must have really set Bashir off his rocker. He still doesn’t understand anything about the TEA Party. The psychologist is talking about the spending addiction congress has, the WH fascination with pursuing social nirvana, not the determination to end that addiction.

Nice tie-in to Norway. Applicable to Bashir striking out after being frustrated by Walsh.

MarkT on August 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM

The government or authority of a tyrant; a country governed by an absolute ruler; hence, arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government.

old war horse on August 3, 2011 at 11:26 PM

And everything else you said.

If they would just make up my mind! MSM has gone to great lenghts to explain to me I was a racist. Now they’re going to great lengths to explain to me I’m a terrorist (and those earlier labeled terrorists are just misunderstood).
This isn’t Orwell its Heller. A constant droning of explanations why I’m unworthy of life, and how disapointing it is that it wasn’t their (pro) choice, long after my last trimester.
It is the unprecedented (where have I heard that word lately?)logic of mankind that brings real progress you know. You can eliminate a whole cross section of tantrums tantamount to solutions (some final) with just this level of justification.
So please just choose my unforgiveable offense. Preferably just one. The good Rev. Wright has long ago already explained, in just this same great length, how I was the devil.
I apologize for the tantrum.

onomo on August 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM

this is the worst piece of utter BS I ever seen on MSNBC…shame.

NORUK on August 4, 2011 at 10:43 AM

If the TEA party was supporting the Democrats they would be described as a shining model of civic involvement in America’s recent history.

Code Pink is part of the Democrat party. Medea was a bundler for Obama out in California for the 2008 election. Let’s have this expert psychoanalyze Code Pink.

Dr Evil on August 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Dr. Doofenschmirtz has more credibility than this fool.

ZK on August 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Good grief. Where on earth did Bashir dig up that old ghoul. He could barely keep his eyes open, let alone say anything remotely intelligent.

I think I’ll call Martin “Basher” from now on.

RebeccaH on August 4, 2011 at 12:30 PM