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Matt Taibbi
  • Quote Unquote: Fierce and Drawn-Out Apathy

    Matt Taibbi on what he calls "the most boring election ever"…


    "The people who work for the wire services and the news networks are physically incapable of writing sentences like, 'This election is even more over than the Knicks-Heat series.' They are required, if not by law then by neurological reflex, to describe every presidential campaign as 'fierce' and 'drawn-out' and 'hotly-contested.'"

    You know, people tell me this all the time. But still, when I close my eyes, I see Emperor Romney, smiling down at his subjects from his throne atop the Washington Monument, dragon fire gleaming off his gold-gilded breastplate.

    Though, I have been reading a lot of Game of Thrones stuff recently. Might be that's not Mitt Romney I'm seeing, but Aegon the Conqueror. They have similar cheekbones.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Matt Taibbi, Mitt Romney, Quote Unquote
  • Sarah Silverman and Matt Taibbi at Citizen Radio Live

    This live episode of Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny's Citizen Radio podcast, featuring Sarah Silverman and Matt Taibbi at New York City's UCB Theater is from March 18th, but the video only just made it up online a few days ago.

    I wasn't familiar with this podcast until I found this, but I'll be subscribing to it from now on. (I love podcasts; one of the greatest inventions of mankind, if you ask me. I listen to them constantly. I wish somebody could figure out a way to make them magically and invisibly through the atmosphere into a sort of iPod type device. I think that could catch on.) The whole thing is worth watching, but Sarah and Matt hit the stage about 25 minutes in…

    Tags: Matt Taibbi, Sarah Silverman
  • From the Pork Barrel: Truth Is Not Hate, But I'm Pretty Sure Hate Is Hate

    * New governor Dan Sullivan bravely vetoes Prop 64, ensuring Alaskans' right discriminate against the gays.

    * Twitter beat:  "I'm thinking of showing up to a gun rally with the proposed health care bill strapped to my waist." – Gonzalo

    * Matt Taibbi quotes Cheese Wagstaff: "This is some shameless shit right here."

    * Exactly what kind of pornography is Fox News's Gretchen Carlson familiar with? And does hers usually have a "public option"?

    * Bob Novak truly has gone off to a better place.

    Tags: Alaska, Health Care, LGBT, Matt Taibbi, Robert Novak, Second Amendment, Twitter
  • The Republican Party's New Use as Self-Propagating Humor Joke

    Matt Taibbi on the GOP's new role as "the unofficial rodeo clowns of the Financial Crisis Era"…

    If there were any doubts about the once-mighty party's hilarious new role in American society, they vanished in recent weeks, as the Republican leadership's attempt to stop the passage of Barack Obama's budget turned into one of the most half-assed public-relations campaigns in congressional history.

    Watching this amazingly amateurish performance by a party that not long ago was led by highly skilled and ruthless political assassins like Tom DeLay and Karl Rove was just the latest bummer in the spiraling American-decline story. Not only don't we make good cars or airplanes anymore — now our Republicans have apparently lost their touch for evil politics.

    Watching the GOP in decline is, for me, kinda like watching one of those monster movies — like King Kong or Frankenstein – in which you actually start feeling sad for the thing that you're supposed to be afraid of.

    Except, without the "feeling sad" part.

    Tags: Karl Rove, Matt Taibbi, Tom DeLay
  • How to Think Like a Glenn Beck Fan

    It must be really, really hard to be a Glenn Beck fan. I know I couldn't do it.

    Matt Taibbi explains

    [A]ctual rich people can't ever be the target. It's a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master's carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you're a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit.

    Whatever the master does, you're on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger.

    And that's what we've got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… can't be mad at AIG, can't be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs. The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses! If ever there was a textbook case of peasant thinking, it's struggling middle-class Americans burned up in defense of taxpayer-funded bonuses to millionaires. It's really weird stuff. And bound to get weirder, I imagine, as this crisis gets worse and more complicated.

    I don't know. These people seem pretty reasonable, well-informed and able to expressive of their thoughtful opinions to me.

    Tags: AIG, Barack Obama, Citigroup, Economy, Glenn Beck, Goldman Sachs, Matt Taibbi