Faux Outrage: A Brief Observation

crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

I'll be brief:

Here's another thing that drives me up the wall:

When one side rears its ugly head and demands that the other side, for instance, "DENOUNCE that supporter of yours!"

Politically, it's just about as disingenuous as we can get, whoever does it. Because let's face it: we get a helluva lot more political mileage out of someone NOT denouncing his outrageous supporter (say, McCain and Hagee/Parsley?) than out of his capitulation to the "pressure."

The "faux" line is crossed when we demand the denunciation; if we were being truly honest we'd admit (at the very least among ourselves) that we'd be a lot happier, and the better it is for us -- politically, the longer someone like McCain refuses to acknowledge the big fat oozing pustule of scandalous embarrassment.

That's faux outrage -- the crossing of the line between saying, "Hey, look at this guy's crazy supporters, can you believe the kind of people he WANTS in his camp?" and vociferously denouncing him for his lack of denunciation. Hell, the air goes out of the balloon if he denounces -- we WANT him to stick by his racist, sexist, homophobic, batshit crazy team. And anyone who says differently is kidding herself or lying.

Tags: faux outrage, Framing, Politics (all tags)



Anyway, that's what I think.

by Maryscott OConnor 2008-05-25 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Anyway, that's what I think.

I agree... I was actually disappointed that McCain dropped Hagee and Parsley... not because I support either pastor, but because I thought they were both useful albatrosses to hang around McCain's neck...

by JenKinFLA 2008-05-25 09:21AM | 0 recs
Sometimes though there is a real

reason to be outraged.

by heresjohnny 2008-05-25 10:28AM | 0 recs
Yes, but...

that's beside the point.

: )

by Maryscott OConnor 2008-05-25 10:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Sometimes though there is a real

Yes, like when a candidate scratches his face HOW DARE HE DOESN'T HE KNOW SIOUX CITY IS IN IOWA I AM NOT BITTER ARGH!%&$@%#$%

by Cochrane 2008-05-25 11:59AM | 0 recs
Another problem with demanding denunciations

Sometimes there really isn't a designated responsible person to deliver that denunciation.  For example, does some Arab American living in the Detroit metro area have an obligation to condemn attacks by Arab fanatics half the world away?

by lombard 2008-05-25 12:41PM | 0 recs


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