Yesterday, CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck joined in on the right-wing meme that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) may be a Marxist.
As proof, Beck showed his guest, National Review contributing editor Jonah Goldberg, some things he had “found on the Internet.” (editorial note: Hey Glenn, you missed a couple)
These “things” included a poster of Obama that looked like “revolutionary art” and one of his campaign workers allegedly with a Che Guevara flag.
But perhaps the most ridiculous moment came when Beck pulled out a hat one of his listeners had sent him.
The winter hat had earflaps and a red star, similar to Soviet insignia. It also said, “Obama ‘08.”
So let me see if I understand this correctly...
Two individuals who have shown a most dogged and well-paid determination to misunderstand reasonably straightforward concepts such as Marxism, Socialism, Liberalism, and Fascism get together for a little prime-time reactionary hootenanny, consisting of gibbering imprecations and piquant bon mots at each other as they act out their little masquerade of seemingly adult discourse...But then Glennie blows the con by playing preschool dress-up on the air, as JoJo pouts because the set haberdasher neglected to provide a nifty topper for him as well.
I think a page out of the Lee Atwater Big Book O' Talking Point Turkey Shooting fell out of the folder before it got placed into the sticky, cheese-dust stained fingers of Frick and Frack here, to wit:
If you're going to catapult a ridiculously huge lie, be sure not to look hugely ridiculous while doing so.