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Thursday, November 12, 2015

 
They're gearing up

by digby


So Trump is making fun of Hillary's hair and the entire right wing is loving it...That's right. This guy:



They're saying it's in retaliation for this allegedly nasty joke she made about his hair:



I'm sure you can see the problem. She was actually making fun of herself as much as him. And she didn't say anything rude about his hair at all.

Not that it matters. I have a feeling that the wingnut misogyny is about to kick into gear.

Here's a blast from the past from the Weekly Standard in 2008:

As one who was never terribly enamored of Hillary Clinton's personality to start with, I grudgingly admit to enjoying her recent near-tears transformation. Plenty of critics concede her rarely seen emotion was heartfelt, but also that it was due to the 20-hour-day rigors of the campaign trail, making her perhaps the only candidate ever to win the New Hampshire primary because she needed a nap. Still, it was refreshing to watch her punch through the icy crust of her own phoniness, so that the molten core of artificiality could gush forth.

Many of my conservative acquaintances weren't quite as forgiving, however. Clinton, these days, is a stuck record, speaking so often of "change" that she sounds like the medicine-show huckster in Tom Waits's "Step Right Up" (change your shorts / change your life / change into a nine-year-old Hindu boy / get rid of your wife). But I didn't notice any change at all in my email inbox in the aftermath of her surprise victory. In fact, it more than ever resembled a nostalgia trip back to 1998, the high-water mark of Clinton hatred.

Messages poured in expressing revulsion and woe, and described resulting adverse physical symptoms, including but not limited to: nausea, dizziness, insomnia, twitching, numbness, abdominal pain, myalgia, cutaneous lesions, and retching. One friend invited me to visit him in Bermuda, where he'll be relocating. The only silver lining that came my way was an email from the professional dirty trickster and high priest of political hijinks, Roger Stone. It was titled "the good news" and said, simply, "Out of NH C.U.N.T. lives . Gearing up!"

He wasn't referring to Hillary's chances in South Carolina. Rather, by using the most offensive word in the English language, the word people employ when the f-bomb has lost all potency (and the word I will henceforth replace with "special flower" so as not to give greater offense), he was referring to the acronym of his spanking-new anti-Hillary 527 group, Citizens United Not Timid (www.citizensunitednottimid.org).
[...]
Stone wants everyone to understand the mission of the organization, simply and elegantly captured in its artwork, which Stone shows us. It features a red inverted triangle at the bottom of which, is a blue triangle with a white star in the middle. At first glance, it kind of looks like the Puerto Rican flag, or Captain America's martini glass. Stone designed it himself, and on second glance, it's meant to whisper, not scream, "special flower."

It was nothing more than a t-shirt scam, of course. And it inevitably failed to catch on when Clinton came in second and much more lucrative racist appeals against Obama came into vogue.

But you can tell from the Weekly Standard's amused attitude that had it gone the other way we would have been treated to some truly memorable misogyny. If Clinton pulls it off this time I think we should be prepared. Judging from what we're seeing already on the right, they haven't become any more enlightened.

Roget Stone is flogging a new Hillary Clinton hate book. Until recently he was formally advising Donald Trump. And guys like Bill Maher have him on their shows and treat him as a loveable scamp. So that little t-shirt scam certainly didn't make him a pariah. I'll guess he's got a lot more where that came from.


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