Bob and Chez Show

The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 1/6/12

We Launch on Washington, DC Radio (see above); Rick Santorum's Racist Remarks; The Cult of Ron Paul; Newt Gingrich is a Whiny Diaper Baby; The Southern Strategy is Back; Who's Really on Welfare; CNN's Ridiculous Coverage; Mitt Romney Off Prompter; and much more! Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

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  • muselet

    First time in the bigs and you guys did well. Congrats.

    It is fun to poke Ron Paul’s followers with sticks, but ultimately it’s pointlessly cruel, like pulling the wings off flies. Again I quote from A Hard Day’s Night: “Now, Paulie, don’t mock the afflicted.”

    Logically, Andrew Sullivan’s construction—”Ron Paul’s not a bigot, he’s just a libertarian”—would appear to imply that libertarians are, by definition, blind to the odious nature of racially-insensitive language. Presumably that’s not what Sullivan meant, but it seems from personal observation to be pretty much correct. Make of that what you will.

    “[Rick Santorum] won the Iowa caucus and then immediately just stepped in a big heap of poop.” That’s not just poop, Bob.

    Santorum’s explanation/excuse/non-apology apology wasn’t just a wink and a nod to the Republican base; it was also intended as a thumb in the eye of anyone who was offended by his original comment. Personally, I find the original comment—racist and despicable though it certainly is—less offensive. Even Newt Gingrich doesn’t usually bother with a follow-up jab like that after his more-than-occasional abhorrent public utterances.

    “They’re appealing to a smaller and smaller base.” Yes, and as I’ve said many times before, that base votes in every freaking election (hi, emoprogs, you self-absorbed twits).

    Kevin Drum on Newt Gingrich and negative campaigning:

    I realize that keen self-awareness is probably a handicap for a big-time politician, but seriously? Newt Gingrich is complaining about how vicious politics has gotten? Newt Effing Gingrich? Jesus.

    Mitt Romney will never—can never—give up the pretense that he’s in tune with the lunatic fringe/base of the Republican Party. He’d be lynched if he tried. Alas, that means the lunatic fringe/Republican base will have an actual reason to insist that the reason Mitt Romney lost is because he wasn’t a True Conservative™, and push the party ever farther to the Right.

    Hey, let us know what your ratings look like.

    –alopecia

  • villemar

    I liked your observations on how to tell the diehard Paul cultists call him “Doctor Paul” as if he’s more than a crackpot with a PhD in Austrian bullshit economics that he got from the back of a comic book.

    One thing else I’ve noticed (someone did it here too) is that they don’t like to use pronouns when referring to Saint Ron. So you’ll have a two or three senetnce paragraph with his name spelled out five or six times, ie. “Ron Paul believes in X because Ron Paul believes that Y and Ron Paul has shown that Ron Paul’s opponents…” It’s like how Bob Dole used to talk about himself in the 3rd person all the time. Very bizarre. I swear these people are all somewhere on the autistic spectrum.

    • Well, to be fair, Ron Paul IS (or at least was) an OB/GYN, so “Doctor” isn’t inappropriate, other than it has absolutely nothing to do with him as a Presidential candidate. And yeah, I try not to think of him peering up between the legs of legions of women, but it’s tough.

  • Minor (and very trivial) request Bob: can you do something with your iTunes feed so that an icon or logo will upload with the podcast? The BCS_Widget_Logo_300 one (on the right up there) would probably do. I’ve cut and pasted it into my iTunes before, but it disappears with each iTunes update for some reason. I primarily listen by downloading and shoving into my pants. The artwork makes it easier to identify and select this podcast on my iPod.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Morning, all.

    May be totally off-topic, but please check out this comment thread over at HuffPo on Bob’s article from yesterday.

    Paulite libertarians cannot reconcile their belief that the right to sue and the threat of lawsuits are enough to create “market incentives” to ensure that businesses et al. will do the right thing and therefore obviate the need for legislation designed to prevent wrongdoing, with the standard Republican/GOP platform of curtailing, limiting or eliminating tort lawsuits. They can’t explain it. They can’t answer the question of whether they disagree with Republicans on this issue.

    It’s fascinating stuff.

    • i_a_c

      Looks like you’ve run into one of the litany of libertarian contradictions. It’s impressive that you have enough patience to deal with that crowd.