Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Republicans Called "Reptilian" Again, Just Like They Were Some… Uh, Years Ago

Will Ferrell’s FunnyOrDie.com site isn’t just a repository of comedy clips
writes Hollywood in Toto (thanks to Ed Driscoll).
It doubles as a political weapon, a cudgel meant to smite Obama’s enemies.
As a recipient of a similar service, About.com's Political Humor emails, I can testify that for months, for years, I believe, after the 2008 election, the service's top meme in their every email was "Sarah Palin Jokes." Don't you think that after the election was over, that would drop down, if not drop out entirely, in favor of, I don't know, say, uh, the Man in the White House Jokes, i.e., Barack Obama Jokes?!

Recently, About.com had a(n only slightly tongue-in-cheek) pictorial of (I kid you not) Photos of Obama Being Awesome (Funny, Playful and Cool Photos of President Barack Obama)!

Christian Toto goes on:
The worst part of the FunnyOrDie.com propaganda? The clips are rarely funny. The same holds true here, particularly when [Jeff Goldblum] describes EPA critics as “some of the worst, most execrable, selfish, reptilian nincompoops with whom I’ve ever had the distinct displeasure of working.”
"Reptilian"?! They've also been called lizards, haven't they? Plus ça change… Regarding "schmucko supremos", and to recap from a No Pasarán post of five years ago, James Taranto then pointed out (thanks to Instapundit) that
former Clinton aide James Carville, raising money for the Democratic National Campaign Committee, put his name to an email titled "reptiles," which insults Republicans in a way some see as invidious:
First there was Sarah Palin. Now we can add another Republican reptile from the past trying to help the GOP win House races this year--former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Not much has changed since a few, uh, years before that, when a Republican politician complained, to the Democrat castigators he was trying to address, that
when you speak of us Republicans, you do so only to denounce us as reptiles, or, at the best, as no better than outlaws. You will grant a hearing to pirates or murderers, but nothing like it to [Republicans]. In all your contentions with one another, each of you deems an unconditional condemnation of [Republicanism] as the first thing to be attended to. Indeed, such condemnation of us seems to be an indispensable prerequisite — license, so to speak — among you to be admitted or permitted to speak at all. Now, can you, or not, be prevailed upon to pause and to consider whether this is quite just to us, or even to yourselves? Bring forward your charges and specifications, and then be patient long enough to hear us deny or justify.
How many years ago was that?

And who was the politician?

Abraham Lincoln

One hundred and fifty-five years ago…