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October 3, 2009

CONSERVATIVES' OLYMPIC GLEE CONTINUES.... It seems likely that conservative delight over the International Olympic Committee awarding the 2016 games to Rio will fade rather quickly. There's just not much to keep their joy going -- the United States sought the Olympics, made it to the final round, but came up short. American satisfaction over an American setback has a short shelf life, even on the right.

That said, it's still going strong. Dave Weigel reports from the Americans for Prosperity "Defending the American Dream Conference," where, apparently, part of the American dream is reveling in American disappointment.

"R-I-O!" said conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham, speaking the a ballroom of almost 2000 conservative activists. "May this be the first of many defeats for Chicago-style politics!"

Ingraham fantasized about being on the plane home from Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee handed down the decision, and watching Oprah Winfrey cry and Michelle Obama throw things with her "big arms." The crowd cheered, and cheered again, curiously, when Ingraham seemed to contradict herself.

"How did we go, in nine months, from the world's number one superpower to getting knocked out in, like, the first round?" asked Ingraham. "Even Tom DeLay got to round three of 'Dancing with the Stars.'" Both varieties of Olympics jokes reflected the uneasy and surprising manner with which conservatives have embraced the loss of an event that up to 84 percent of Americans said they wanted in Chicago.

Following shortly after Ingraham, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) got in more political barbs about the loss of the games. "After those first-round results," said Pence, "it looks like the president has had about as much luck pitching Chicago to the Olympics as he had pitching health care reform to the American people."

As a substantive matter, the U.S. wasn't knocked out in the "first round"; we were knocked out in the final round. For that matter, the president's pitch on health care seems to be going a whole lot better than Mike Pence's pitch on the same issue. (Americans trust the president on health care more than congressional Republicans by a huge margin.)

As a tactful matter, Laura Ingraham wants to make fun of the First Lady's arms? Seriously?

And as a political matter, in light of yesterday's right-wing ecstasy over Chicago not getting the Olympics, Paul Krugman concluded, "Middle-aged adolescents -- dumb middle-aged adolescents -- rule one of our nation's two great political parties."

Sad, but true.

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So to the right the three biggest US Olympic stories are:
1. Evil/inept Carter destroys hopes and dreams of American athletes by boycotting the Moscow Olympics in the wake of their invasion of Afghanistan
2. MIRACLE ON ICE!!! US superior to USSR!!!! Capitalism kicks communisms ass!!!!!!
3. Hah, hah, a major American city didn't get the Olympics. Freakin’ losers!
I defy ANYONE to find anything vaguely resembling a consistent argument tying those three together.

Posted by: Bob on October 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps someone should remind the conservatives how we became tainted as far as the Olympics go - when all of the corruption of the Salt Lake City Olympics came out. That, and the fact that South America had never held the games was probably the reason it went to Rio. I thought we were finalists though, not as the repubs say that we were out in the first round.

Posted by: JS on October 3, 2009 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

Bob is right, much is forgotten about the Salt Lake Games. Here's one more: Salt Lake organized for more than 4 years to get selected. So does every other city. Do these neo-anarchists really believe Obamas visit had anything do with the results in Copenhagen? The decison was in the making for months. These people are stupid, but now they are getting dangerously stupid.

Posted by: Himself on October 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Why would anyone care what Laura "greasy lips" Ingraham says? The whole discussion belongs in the "Who the heck cares?" bin.

Posted by: ML on October 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

From doing some reading it appears that in a question and answer session after the olympics panel, the policies that Bush put in place after 9/11 had much to do with it, it is apparently a harrowing experience for any foreigner to enter the US now, which would make it very difficult to attract visitors.

Posted by: JS on October 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

If the Reich-wing's glee over America losing the Olympic bid doesn't blow up in their faces then there really isn't much hope left for the future of this country.


Posted by: SteveT on October 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

so the Repugnants are ruled by dumb middle-aged adolescents, huh?

And so the Obama admin's 'bipartisan' schtick is what, exactly?

And the Blue Dog/Dim Congress/Clown Car Senate Dim majority wimpiness is what, exactly -- in the face of a dumb middle-aged adolescents?

I think the whole god damn country is a dumb middle-aged adolescent... the Repugnants are leadin' the parade off the cliff... for the corporations (which themselves are institutions formed by dumb middle-aged adolescents)

Posted by: neill on October 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Michelle Obama's shapely arms are to Laura Ingraham as my mother's beautiful blond curls were to her childhood friend Phoebe who said she did my mother a favor when she lopped them off when they were 6-year-olds. As an adult, Phoebe owned up doing it because she was jealous.

Posted by: Norwood Woman on October 3, 2009 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

following on from JS @ 2:29: bush immigration policies were most definitly a factor in the ioc's decision

Posted by: dj spellchecka on October 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

As a tactful matter, Laura Ingraham wants to make fun of the First Lady's arms?

Well, conservatives have a differently regulated humor gene. Behavioral science first found evidence for this in a field trial when the attempt of a conservative Daily Show at Fox bombed. Subsequent cloning experiments showed that humans of conservative disposition are overwhelmingly of the (-)-smile type, due to a constitutively up-regulated suppressor for the re-Lax gene.

There's nothing that can be done about it at the moment, but the pharmaceutical industry is already working on a gene therapy solution based on the siRNA concept. Initial animal proof-of-concept experiments in primates look promising and industry experts say that a clinical treatment for humans may be available by 2016.

As the effect of siRNAs wears off over time, the therapy is expected to require a lifelong treatment regiment with a depot injection every six months or so. Analysts are therefore forecasting that the therapy has great potential to achieve blockbuster status.

Posted by: SRW1 on October 3, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

You go into some of these Republican conferences, and like a lot of political parties in decline, there have been no new ideas now for 25 years; nothing's changed. And they've declined through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and with each successive administration they're leaders have said that somehow these ideas are gonna make the country better off and they have not. And so it's not surprising then they get BITTER, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-Obama sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

hehe. Obama's up to it again. Goddamn elitist!


Posted by: John Henry on October 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Thr wrong wing is clinically unhinged, nothing new here!

Posted by: TGTrollop on October 3, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

According to an item on NPR this morning, a decisive factor in the choice of Rio was their proposed budget. Chicago had a budget of $4 million, entirely from private donors, and it was a matter of great pride to Chicago that they would spend no tax money on the event. Rio, on the other hand, proposed a budget of $15 million, entirely guaranteed by the government of Brazil. So it would appear that in addition to cheering for an American defeat, these guys applaud a socialist, big-government financed project over one that exemplifies private enterprise. What a hoot!

Posted by: T-Rex on October 3, 2009 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

"May this be the first of many defeats for Chicago-style politics!"


I wouldn't reply to this directly, but isn't it high time we celebrated Carl Sandburg or the Chicago School of Architecture.

Heck, why not celebrate Al Capone or the Chicago fire?

Posted by: Duncan Kinder on October 3, 2009 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

May this be the first of many defeats for Chicago-style politics!

Yeah! And their Chicago school of economics fuckin' sucks, too!

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on October 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Who cares? If the Olympics had gone to Chicago, these same clowns would already be digging deep into their 1936 Berlin footage, or revelling in the endless tales of corruption within the IOC.

Their "heads I win, tails you lose" techniques are as predictable as they are effective.

Posted by: Squeaky McCrinkle on October 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Gee, I don't suppose the right-wingers have given any thought to the idea that the IOC may have decided against the US because in 1996 when the Olympics were held in Atlanta, a far-right radical planted a bomb that killed and wounded more than 100 people. That, in combination with the fact that the news has been filled with images of right-wing crazies carrying guns to health care town halls and presidential events and right-wing pundits have been rallying the troops to prepare for all manner of mayhem for months now had nothing to do with the IOC's decision, I'm sure.

Posted by: Freddie on October 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

T-Rex, you almost certainly mean billion instead of million. The 2014 winter games in Sochi are expected to require an investment of more than $20 billion.

Posted by: SRW1 on October 3, 2009 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

The wingnut noise machine isn't actually happy about the IOC defeat. They probably don't really care one way or another. Like the race nonsense last week its just another way to take the public's eyes off of Health Care.

The ONLY reason it has been latched onto and ballyhooed by these clowns is it gives them something to counter the news cycle that was starting to shift against them on Health Care. After Alan Grayson called them out and then handed them their ass again in his "apology" the public was reminded again that the Grand Oligarchy Party could give two shits about the figurative and literal health of this country or its people. In other words "they got nothin" and after all of their manufactured bitching it was beginning to show again and the media having no other tard riots to report on had to go back to reminding us that, well the GOP doesn't really have a plan, because well they don't really care to.

So like last week was "Look over there! Racism", this week its "look over there! Olympics!"

Learn to recognize when you are being played.

Posted by: Condor on October 3, 2009 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

This may be the turning point. Its ugly and mean-spirited in such a petty and vindictive way that most people will be completely turned off. The Olympics might not be a major issue, but its a completely accessible issue.

There is always alot of local and national pride in getting the Olympics...and alot of local jobs. Its not a vital issue, but it does shine a very harsh light on the conservative movement. You would think they'd realize that and back off. That they didn
t tells you a few things: they've lost they're grasp on reality and they're desperate and going for broke. It's like the German's last desperate push in WWI.

Posted by: Saint Zak on October 3, 2009 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Rightwinger Headline if Obama Hadn't Gone to Copenhagen:

"Olympic Defeat for (Elitist) Obama, Too Busy with Washington Politics to Go the Last Mile for his own Home Town"

Yeah, I know, just stating the obvious.

Posted by: leo on October 3, 2009 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Learn to recognize when you are being played.

These dopes couldn't play Monopoly if you spun the dice and moved the pieces for them. Republicans have no strategy and if we're being "played," I fail to see how it works to their advantage to constantly look like anti-American idiots. Their only strategy is to attack the shiny thing in front of them and that's it. I've had kittens that could formulate better strategies than these dopes.

If us "being played" involves them staying at the same dismal 30% approval they've had since 2006 while Obama continues to stay over 50%, then I fully support us being played. We've won big victories in the last two elections and their only "strategy" to change that is to continue down the same road that caused those last two defeats. I fail to see the problem. The media might fall for this bull, but it's obvious that a majority of America hasn't.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on October 3, 2009 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK


when you can't win american elections..

this is what conservatives have been reduced to..

gop 2009: dragging america down to our level!

Posted by: mr. irony on October 3, 2009 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

I love how the Republicans use patriotism as a cudgel when it suits them, beating us over the head with it when we don't support war for the sake of war. But then they turn around and show their true colors. Much like how they now claim to be the saviors of Medicare, but would push your granny down the stairs if they thought it would cause bad press for Obama.

Posted by: Limbaugh's Diabetes on October 3, 2009 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

One week from now, the right-wingers will have forgotten about this and moved on to something else. Meanwhile, Obama will still be the president and get re-elected in 2012.

The important thing, next time they get indignant about something, is to remind them how little it mattered every single time they threw a tantrum.

Posted by: Tyro on October 3, 2009 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

"Ingraham fantasized about being on the plane home from Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee handed down the decision, and watching Oprah Winfrey cry and Michelle Obama throw things with her 'big arms.' The crowd cheered,...."

Make fun of Oprah because her hometown was chosen for the Olympics, then make fun of the classiest, most genuine person in Washington, for being in shape.

What did Laura do for an encore, make fun of a six-year-old orphan on stage?

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with these people?

Posted by: 2Manchu on October 3, 2009 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

The IOC and me would rather watch beach volley ball in Rio than on the shores of Lake Michigan.

That's it. Obama only recently got into the pitch for Chicago, he was reluctant at first, but pressured to make the effort.

It's over. The mockery is beyond pathetic, it's crass, rude, and immature.

Obamolympics. JFC folks.

The trip to Copenhagan was worth it especially when you consider that Afghanistan was factored in!

I say enough of the trash talk. Time for the whitehouse to name a czar for backlash/backstabbing/ridicule damage control. Oops, nevermind.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on October 3, 2009 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

The good news: Brazil's timezone is close to the US. Rio is one hour ahead of New York, same as eastern Canada. That means that we can watch the games in real time in the US.

Posted by: tomj on October 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

Would it be a bad time to bring up how delighted I would get when the war in Iraq was going badly. That is, until my horse became responsible for fixing it.

Posted by: yeah no on October 3, 2009 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Chicago had a budget of $4 million, entirely from private donors, and it was a matter of great pride to Chicago that they would spend no tax money on the event.

LMAO.

The naivete of some of you lefties is just soooo fricking cute.

I give up with you fools; you're completely hopeless.

Posted by: Disputo on October 3, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

the white house misjudged the situation and handled the news cycle expectations poorly. all the news before friday was about how Chicago was favored. that clearly was wrong. unless the wh was sure that chicago would be selected, they should have reduced the expecations with respect to obama's participation. this smacks of the perception problems surrounding the health care effort. obama's pr staff is not helping him. the repub's are getting easy shots at him. this is not at all like the campaign.

Posted by: steve on October 3, 2009 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

Dumb bastards don't realize that screwing with the Olympics was the final nail for Jimmy Carter. Every town in America has a past or present Olympian with a wide circle of friends and lots of news coverage. They really ARE dumb!

Posted by: buddy66 on October 3, 2009 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

You know that if President Obama had decided not to go to Copenhagen, after Friday's decision the story by the MSM/RWM (aren't they about the same) would be "Japan sent their Prime Minister, Brazil sent their President, Spain sent their Prime Minister AND their King, where the hell was Obama?"

The only way the MSM/RWM would have been silenced was a Chicago win -- and that wasn't likely to happen for the reasons mentioned above AND the fact that an opinion poll by the IOC found that only 70% of Chicagoans wanted the Olympics.

Posted by: GEM_in_Orange on October 3, 2009 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

As if on cue, Reverend Jesse Jackson blames Chicago's failed bid to host the Olympics on...George Bush.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2009-10-02-3993461789_x.htm

Posted by: Pully Bullpit on October 3, 2009 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

I posit the following:

In the very unlikely case that the United States were attacked tomorrow by - you pick one - the Rethugs and their amen chorus would blame the Democratic Party and President Obama and, not so secretly, cheer on the aggressor in the hope that further attacks would weaken the Democratic Party and President Obama.

Yes, they are that bad.

Posted by: robert on October 3, 2009 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

@St Zak "This may be a turning point..."

From your lips to God's ear(s).

On the other hand, I keep expecting the rightwing message to finally hit bottom/go over the top to where everyone acknowledges that they're out of control - but it never happens. As low as the rhetoric gets, it keeps getting lower. Coarser. More selfish, greedy, duplicitous, ... well, just put in all the 7 deadly sins. Which, apparently, now constitute the American code of ethics.

Posted by: Zandru on October 3, 2009 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

I wondered why the right was making so much noise, and now I see it is to cover up their immigration policies that turn off so many visitors to the US. Yeah, I can now see why non-Americans would rather not have the hassle. Wow, another gift from Bush and co.

Posted by: Bob M on October 3, 2009 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

The Right is limited in it's ability to process information it doesn't already have a visual on. The goal is to drag down Obama and whatever happens in the world will be crammed into that box regardless of how inexplicable, desperate and childish it is.

If they had the ability to watch Obama 24/7, they would make a story out of every dropped pen, stubbed toe, bumped head and whatever other misstep they could see with their tunnel vision. They hate so much that they are willing to risk this labeling as anti American fools in order to give themselves their reassuring fix of hate. They're just bucking each other up.

"Do you hate?"

"Oh, yeah, I hate. Didn't you hear me irrationally trash Obama over this trivial and fleeting issue? Hell yeah I hate."

"Sure, I heard you. But I want to hear you hate tomorrow and the day after that and every day until this guy is gone. No opportunity is too small. No incident is too lame or insignificant. Repetitious stupidity can be wielded with great effect if we don't let up."

"Right?"

"Right!"

"Hate on?"

"Absolutely! Hate on!"

___________________________________

"May this be the first of many defeats for Chicago-style politics!"

Yeah! And their Chicago school of economics fuckin' sucks, too!

Posted by: FlipYrWhig at 3:07 PM

You betcha.

Posted by: burro on October 3, 2009 at 6:02 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, Laura Ingraham at least Michelle's got a husband, in spite of those "big arms", I guess.

Laura Ingraham calls Meghan McCain fat and ridicules Michelle Obama. Seems like it's Laura that never has a date, though. Spinster.

Posted by: Pug on October 3, 2009 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

SRW1, yes, of course, that should have been billion, not million.

Disputo, I ask you again why you're cheering for a clear victory for big-government spending (by Brazil), and a defeat for private investors. Oh, and why are you cheering that Americans won't get jobs? Just wondering . . .

Posted by: T-Rex on October 3, 2009 at 7:34 PM | PERMALINK

I'm surprised that the right is so gleeful. After all, President Palin will be presiding over the games after being elected in 2012 (and coasting on her way to a landslide re-election in 2016). She'd show the world all about American Main Street, and the opening ceremonies would be resplendent with parkas, snow machines (even in summer), and all kind of Christianist imagery. It would have been Palin's celebration, and now it won't happen.

Posted by: meander on October 3, 2009 at 7:47 PM | PERMALINK
Squeaky McCrinkle: "Their 'heads I win, tails you lose' techniques are as predictable as they are effective."

As the GOP'S approval rating continues to spiral ever downward, I wish them all the "success" in the world. Clearly, while Republicans are probably shoring up their white-wing base, they are simultaneously alienating most everyone else. The Pew Research Center's recent poll shows 59% disapproval for the GOP's tactics on health care reform, and a recent Wall Street Journal poll notes a surprisingly strong plurality ready to blame the GOP should the legislation fail to pass.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on October 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM | PERMALINK

Why do the right wing pundits always sound like angry three year olds with a bad case of Turrets?

Posted by: J. Frank Parnell on October 3, 2009 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

Can you imagine how these people will act if we get hit by another terrorist attack? They'll be dancing in the streets.

Posted by: Speed on October 3, 2009 at 8:41 PM | PERMALINK

The world must be laughing at us now, we actually shout with glee that we lost. How dumb is that?

Think about it. The party out of power parties over the fact that a major city in their country lost the bid for the premier sporting event on the planet for the simple reason that they can't stand the fact that we have a black colored president, Wow!

Yes, this is about racism. The whole GOP crap is all about racism. The birther movement. The socialism-as-healthcare crap. It's all blatant racism.

Folks, Obama has 50% white genes. Do you hate Derek Jeter too?

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on October 3, 2009 at 8:46 PM | PERMALINK

Apparently, not everyone is blaming Obama. I don't, usually, read the sports section of NYT but the title of the article caught my attention. Lots of reasons and lots of blame to go around...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/sports/04usoc.html?hp

OT. Why am I being moderated all of a sudden, "after all these years"? Got a notice with my last comment, which never got posted; don't know wheter this one will make it...

[Believe me, you aren't a concern to the real live human beings who moderate these threads. :) Comments get held up by the system when they have more than one link or a lot of html code. I just looked over the last six hours of comments and can't find one of yours that didn't publish. -Mod]

Posted by: exlibra on October 3, 2009 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans have so much hate in their hearts. It is funny when they pretend they are christians. Everybody sees right through them. They have become a laughing stock and an embarrassment to themselves. I find myself having to apologize to foreigners all the time about the things republicans say and do and assure them most Americans aren't like that. My Iranian friend says alot of Iranians look at them the same way they do Ahmadinejad. Most of them are really wierd and will no doubt in my mind be going to hell.

Posted by: Patrick on October 3, 2009 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

And to think, all those Republicans still driving around with their Country First bumper stickers. Although, I must say most were pretty quick to dispense with McCain. At least when compared to the very popular and long lasting Bush/Cheney 04 stickers, which were ingrained so deep you'd pull the paint off trying to remove them.

Country first. Just not Chicago, or the east coast, or the west coast, or any urban areas, or Minnesota. Especially not Minnesota. Those assholes were the only ones not to vote for the anointed one in 84. Well them and DC, which is also not on the list considered as country.

Posted by: oh my on October 3, 2009 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

Doubtless Mike Pence has some Indiana constituents who would have had a nice chunk of additional change in their pockets with the Olympic games in the neighboring state, but sometimes the needs of the many are less important than the needs of the Mike.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on October 3, 2009 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't Laura the Biatch the one with the nude pics of her skinny white ass on the innertubes?

What a tool!

Why do they hate America?

What will we tell the children?

Right-wing noise machine enabled by the MSM.

Posted by: Roger on October 3, 2009 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK
.... Comments get held up by the system when they have more than one link or a lot of html code.... - Mod

Is there a page with these restrictions? I've looked around and haven't been able to find one.

As a suggestion, it might be a good idea to add this info to the comments section. Something like "Comments with more than X number of links or X number of html tags will require approval by a moderator and may not show up for X amount of time.

Posted by: Michael W on October 3, 2009 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

My "moderation" must have been the "mother" 'puter's brainfart, then. To me, "links" are sausage units that golf courses are lined with. And, for all I know, "html" is short for "hot mail". I'm totally 'puter-illiterate (and proud of it. Hah!)

Posted by: exlibra on October 4, 2009 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

exlibra wrote: Apparently, not everyone is blaming Obama. I don't, usually, read the sports section of NYT but the title of the article caught my attention. Lots of reasons and lots of blame to go around...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/sports/04usoc.html?hp
~~~
Wow, how DARE those writers muddy the waters, with all of their USOC management was in disarray talk, on why Chicago didn't get the Olympics. Because Dr. Laura, Rush and Glenn say it's all Obama's fault, so that must be the SIMPLE answer. I mean, it's so OBVIOUS it must be true.

/snark

Posted by: Hannah on October 4, 2009 at 2:49 AM | PERMALINK

Disputo, I ask you again why you're cheering for a clear victory for big-government spending (by Brazil), and a defeat for private investors. Oh, and why are you cheering that Americans won't get jobs? Just wondering . . .

If you believe that rosie private funding scenario put out by Delay, then you are dumber than a box of rocks. Sorry, that's just the way it is. I've posted numerous links explaining the issues, but you fools are simply ineducable.

The stupidity of non-Chicago progs regarding the Chicago Olympic bid is only outdone by their arrogance at insisting that they know more about the Chicago bid than those of us who live here.

This has been an eye-opening week.

Posted by: Disputo on October 4, 2009 at 4:51 AM | PERMALINK

"If you believe that rosie private funding scenario put out by Delay, then you are dumber than a box of rocks. Sorry, that's just the way it is. I've posted numerous links explaining the issues, but you fools are simply ineducable.

The stupidity of non-Chicago progs regarding the Chicago Olympic bid is only outdone by their arrogance at insisting that they know more about the Chicago bid than those of us who live here."

And you wonder why everyone thinks you're an asshole.....

Posted by: OhNoNotAgain on October 4, 2009 at 4:59 AM | PERMALINK

I enjoy the occasional chuckle over the sophmores laughing at one another's fart jokes as much as anyone, but I must ask if this blog is going to degenerate into a "Can you believe what they did/said today ?" column.

Posted by: rbe1 on October 4, 2009 at 5:31 AM | PERMALINK

What Disputo said.

These comments are astonishing. The Olympics would have been a disaster for Chicago.

Posted by: rabbit on October 4, 2009 at 9:20 AM | PERMALINK

"...
Well, conservatives have a differently regulated humor gene. Behavioral science first found evidence for this in a field trial when the attempt of a conservative Daily Show at Fox bombed. Subsequent cloning experiments showed that humans of conservative disposition are overwhelmingly of the (-)-smile type, due to a constitutively up-regulated suppressor for the re-Lax gene.
..."

It's cute when someone who clearly majored in womyn's studies or gender studies or someother viktum group studies in "collage" tries to talk all sciency and stuff.

Keep failing.

Posted by: John on October 4, 2009 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

So the conservatives laugh about Obama getting humiliated in losing the Olympic bid? Do they not know what this loss does to our national prestige? Will the Reich Wing stop at nothing to utterly wreck this country? What's next - will they laugh at him bowling a 37, despite the way that will humiliate us before the bowling nations, such as Poland and Germany? Nothing is sacred to these people. Nothing.

Besides, everything that goes wrong until 2011 is completely Bush's fault, and everything that goes wrong thereafter until 2018 is at least partially his fault. Really. There's a law that says that. I think.

Posted by: Joe Blow on October 4, 2009 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

Epic. Fail.

L. Huge L.

Wow, as if to reinforce Krugman's point, a conservative weighs in using a phrase my 10 year old son uses.

If you find yourself at a point where bitterness and resentment are your sole motivators in life, I'd say your worldview is seriously flawed, and maybe you need to re-examine your life.

Posted by: DelCapslock on October 4, 2009 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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