Failing upward

06 Feb 2013 10:36 pm
Posted by: Donna

Not everyone in the GOP is a wealthy white man but the GOP primarily represents the interests of wealthy white men (yes, Democrats do too to a certain extent, but they at least make an effort to look out for other people’s interests as well). Wealthy white men are literally the most privileged people on the face of the earth and one crucial function of such a high level of privilege is being able to screw up royally and be forgiven, bailed out, and (of course) given infinite more chances do exactly what you’ve always done.

It’s especially fun these days watching establishment (whatever that means) Republicans – 1. blaming everyone but themselves for the current nationwide unpopularity of their party, its leaders and its policy positions and, 2. claiming that all Republicans need to do is explain their crap-tacular ideas better. Wednesday’s KJZZ Here and Now featured former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes and GOP consultant Stan Barnes towing that line.

Mayes is a very intelligent woman and someone I would describe as a true moderate Republican. Stan Barnes is a fun, affable guy and I get the sense that he doesn’t personally care about the culture war stuff but appreciates the necessity of it for the purposes of GOP electoral success. But both (of course) invoked clauses 1 and 2 during their talk with KJZZ’s Steve Goldstein about the future of the GOP in Arizona.

Summary: According to Mayes and Barnes, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock are unfortunate aberrations (never mind that they represent the views of a lot of social conservatives and were merely stating those views, calmly and confidently). Just ignore them, for they haven’t figured out a nicer way to tell you ladies that you should be forced to have your rapist’s baby! Also, the radical right wing character of today’s GOP is completely the fault of primary voters and party activists (whom we are to assume are working class, not “business leaders”, oh no, never). Plus, never, ever should you look at people like Kris Mayes and Stan Barnes and ask, “Hey, didn’t you guys, like, benefit from all that crazy stuff during your political careers? And aren’t you, you know, still benefiting from it, inasmuch as you guys still have careers where you get to go on radio shows defending your party as if its anything but a bunch of lunatics?”

Good thing for Kris Mayes and Stan Barnes that they belong to a party that primarily represents the interests of wealthy white men. No one else would be able to spout such drivel and be taken seriously. Fail up, my friends!


  1. Comment by Mark on February 6, 2013 11:20 pm

    Great laugh! There may be problems with the guilt-by-association argument, but somebody’s got to be responsible for the Rs’ lurch to the right. Their financial backers? Fall up, indeed!

  2. Comment by Old Economy Steve on February 7, 2013 11:12 am

    As a white man who just knows that one day he will be wealthy, of course wealthy white men should be given many more chances than anybody else. If we white men wanted to have to live with the mistakes we’ve made, we would have been born poor, non-white, and/or not a man.

  3. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 7, 2013 12:09 pm

    Hmmmmm, sounds familiar. Malignant narcissism. Not your everyday self-centered jerk. I have known more than one all too well.
    Some highlights that might sound familiar.

    •A narcissist’s relationships are wildly asymmetrical and hypocritical — he expects concessions that he wouldn’t dream of granting to others.
    •A narcissist feels entitled to things that defy reason.
    •To a narcissist, nothing is ever good enough, and it’s always someone else’s fault.
    •Narcissists struggle to disassociate themselves from personal accountability, for example by using a plural pronoun where a singular one would make more sense. Saying “we are unhappy” is preferred over “I am unhappy,” because an imaginary plural entity can’t be bargained with.


    •Narcissists, eager to take credit when things go right, refuse to accept responsibility when things go wrong, and cannot engage in constructive self-criticism.
    •Narcissists cannot see how their behavior looks to others, and if confronted by their own behavior in another, refuse to accept it.

    Sound like a political party we loathe?
    Remember this is not just a usual mostly incorrect idea of narcissism. These types mostly cannot be reasoned with or helped, because of course they are not wrong.
    Which means you are.


    Ouch! brutal snarker

  4. Comment by Mike Slater on February 7, 2013 7:59 pm

    Why is it a right wing Republican is bad but a left wing Democrat is somehow good?

  5. Comment by Jessica Merrow on February 8, 2013 8:29 am

    The GOP primarily represents the interests of wealthy white men? Sucks for me as a woman who makes less than $35,000 a year, I suppose. Except when you start to ask what that even means. Are the interests of these wealthy white men to limit the size of government, protect unborn children, and to keep my pay check from being robbed by union dues then sent to political parties I don’t agree with? If those are their interests, then I guess I want to be in the party of wealthy white men.

  6. Comment by Old Economy Steve on February 8, 2013 9:51 am

    Yeah Mike, why would someone who self-identifies as a left-wing Democrat think that other left-wing Democrats are good?

  7. Comment by Old Economy Steve on February 8, 2013 12:10 pm

    You tell ’em, Jessica, the GOP is the party for a smaller government which does not concern itself with such pitiful things as discrimination, making sure unborn children get as much of a right to gestate and grow up in a world turned a beautiful shade of amber-brown from pollution, and stopping so-called unions from standing up for so-called worker’s rights.

  8. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 9, 2013 10:59 am

    and to keep my pay check from being robbed by union dues then sent to political parties

    Right arm Jessica!

    I’m sure you’ve had allllllll kinds of personal interaction with unions and their members so are qualified to speak on their behalf.(knowing smirk)

    Puhlllleeeeeeeze, puuuuuhhleeeeeze, if you are in Phoenix walk into any police or fire station and tell them how much better off dealing with the city they would be without their union.

    Free dumbs!

  9. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 9, 2013 11:04 am

    S’weird. My previous insipid comment wanders in and out more than my sanity.

    Call the hall!

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