Wingnuts: No Need for Them

War Room:

Thank God for conservative bloggers. Without them, who would stand up when women are under attack?

The latest feminist crusade from the right side of the blogosphere was provoked by this section of a transcript NBC released of President Obama’s pre-Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer:

LAUER: Yeah, well — let — let me show you. This is the — the current issue of — of Us Weekly.

OBAMA: Right.

LAUER: And here’s a great picture —

OBAMA: Oh, it’s beautiful.

LAUER: — of — of you and — and Michelle and — and your daughters. Now, the — the reason I bring this up I think is funny. It’s a great picture.

OBAMA: Yeah.

LAUER: But I wanna show you the cover. Look what they did. They — they took you off the cover.

OBAMA: Yeah.

LAUER: They took you out of it.

OBAMA: It — it’s — it’s a little hurtful.

LAUER: You got replaced by Jessica Simpson.

OBAMA: Yeah, who’s losing a weight battle apparently. (LAUGHTER) Yeah. Oh, well.

This provoked outrage from, among others, Michelle MalkinGateway Pundit,Dan RiehlSister Toldjah and Warner Todd Huston of Newsbusters, whowrote, “Lastly, let us imagine the hue and cry that would have been raised if George W. Bush had on national TV slammed a singer for being fat? Would the moonbats of the left have ignored that? Wouldn’t the rest of the media have gone nuts reporting the story if it should have been Bush instead of Obama that called someone like Jessica Simpson fat?”

Then the truth came out: The transcript was wrong. Obama hadn’t said Simpson was losing a weight battle; he’d said she was in one. And it just so happens that the current cover of US Weekly, the one Lauer showed the president, has a headline that says, “Inside Jess’ weight battle.”

Yes, folks, Obama was simply reading the headline aloud. Some bloggers, like Huston and Sister Toldjah (who, ironically, had already suggested that MSNBC would alter the transcript in Obama’s favor), did note the transcription error. But even they didn’t let that stop them from declaring Obama guilty anyway. “I apologize for not catching MSNBC’s mistake. It does not alter my point, however, that Obama was commenting on Simpson’s weight. Saying someone is ‘in a weight battle’ is not very much different than saying they are fat,” Huston wrote.

And it gets better.

They’re completely, consistently irrelevant with nothing to offer and they’re cranked up the craziness.

War Room again:

Republican voters who responded to a recent Rasmussen poll have a solution for the GOP’s woes: Become more conservative, and more like Sarah Palin. 43 percent of Republicans say the party has been too moderate over the past eight years. 55 percent say they think Palin should become the model for the national GOP.

This is the kind of thing that can lead to a cycle of defeat. The Republican Party has, for some time now, been getting older, whiter and more conservative, in direct contrast to trends in the country as a whole. The GOP’s remaining partisans, then, naturally want their party to look more like them. That, however, only means a further contraction of its appeal. Lather, rinse, repeat.

For evidence, look no further than that same Rasmussen poll: Overall, 42 percent of respondents believe the Republican Party has been too conservative. 56 percent of self-described moderates gave that answer, as did 64 percent of the Democratic respondents. And 42 percent of moderates, — a plurality — said that John McCain, not Palin, should provide the model for the GOP’s future.

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