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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 11/11/11

Rick Perry's Latest Brain Fart; Republicans Often Elect Idiots; The Michigan Bullying Law; The History of Republican Bullying; Limbaugh Attacks 13-Year-Old Boy; Joe Walsh Loses His Shpadoinkle; The Penn State Fiasco; and much more! Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

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    I’m not the only one who’s been saying that Rick Perry had no choice but to run in 2012, because his image—carefully crafted over the past ten or twelve years—is as the fresh face of the Republican Party, and he’s becoming, as Buffy called Darla, “a little worn around the eyes.” In four years, he’d just be just another grey-haired, wrinkly white guy with a gun fetish running for president. Ready or not, here he goes, ’cause 2016 would be too damn’ late. Who knew his run would be so funny?

    “Republicans love that kind of thing, they love the Merry Moron, and that’s what Rick Perry is.” Well said. On the other hand, Rick Perry went from 8% to 4% on Intrade after his debate implosion. That says something, though I’m not sure what.

    “The absolute idiocy of the party, I think, is a relatively new thing.” Depends on when you start the clock. Education—hell, native intelligence—has been denigrated by the Rs, and conservatives generally, since at least the 1960s, helped along by the insufferable William F. Buckley Jr. and his crack, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” George Wallace made merry sport of “pointy-headed intellectuals.” Spiro Agnew enthusiastically mouthed anti-intellectual speeches written for him by William Safire (yet another self-loathing educated man) and Pat Buchanan (educated but brain-dead), blasting the educated as “an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.”

    “Conservatives love to bully.” Yes, absolutely. “You begin to wonder if this is the best they can do.” Well, yes, it is. When you have no ideas and no depth of thought, bullying is all there is left.

    “They’re children. They throw temper tantrums and get angry when things don’t go their way, and they stomp their feet and they lash out.” Well said.

    “At some point, they’ve got to understand who they’re defending.” The real revelation waiting for the Penn State students who are so up in arms about Joe Paterno isn’t who they’re defending, it’s what they’re (indirectly, inadvertently) defending.

    Breaking into the top 100 of the News & Politics podcasts at iTunes is pretty darned impressive. Congrats. Here’s to a top 100 overall in the future.


  • IMO, Paterno and the rest of them should be in a jail cell. According to grand jury testimony, they knew and did nothing. It seems to me that this is called collusion.
    I am sick of the sports nuts elevating people to the point where they are above the law. This has got to stop.

    Adding…… more on the Michigan anti-bullying law.