Rightbloggers Rage Against the Democratic, Socialist, Anti-Semitic Olympics
Take as an example and cautionary tale the case of the rightbloggers and the London Olympics. To you and us, the Games are a pleasing diversion. But to them, for the silliest of reasons, the Games are socialism, Islamism, and all the other boogeymen they see whenever things aren't going exactly their way.
While normal people were enjoying the story of Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi, a Malaysia markswoman who competed while eight months pregnant, Michael Fell of Right Wing News denounced "Yahoo, that staunch defender of all things 'progressive'" because they "fawned all over the feel good story." Fell, on the other hand, thought it was a feel-bad story, about "the utter stupidity of European countries that are so welcoming of people who want to destroy Europe, European culture and the last vestiges of European Christianity. As in: muslims... This is a taquiyya based PR move on the part of muslims and their 'progressive' western co-conspirators."
Then there was the guy at Patterico's Pontifications who wrote, "I will readily admit that I cannot stand gymnastics, and turn it off. The created melodramatic nonsense and subjective scoring is not my cup of tea. Speaking of cups of tea, compare and contrast Obama's history of gaffes and snubs of England to Romney's."
What made them have such bizarre reactions to the Games? Maybe Mitt Romney.
The Olympics were not kind to the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, whose disparaging comments about London's readiness to stage an Olympics were hung around his neck when he visited last week -- not only by liberals, but primarily by British conservative papers like the Telegraph, and the Conservative leadership of London and the UK.
Even rightbloggers had to step back from this one, mostly assuring each other that it would all blow over eventually. "He recovered gracefully so there will be no lasting damage," said Rick Moran. "It seems unlikely that his rather innocuous comments would alienate many voters back home," agreed Erin McPike at Real Clear Politics. Etc.
Allahpundit at Hot Air suggested a little "counter-spin. After all, who wants a president who'll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they've spent the past seven years preparing." Sure, that makes sense. And maybe James Holmes's lawyer can convince a jury he was just trying to get those moviegoers to turn off their cell phones.
Some tried harder. At National Review, Jim Geraghty said Romney was right, England sucks -- they almost had a strike, and "three people who were due to work as security staff at an Olympic venue have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences." Plus they drive on the wrong side of the road, amIright! At the same venue, John O'Sullivan apologized as a Brit for his people, and claimed that "with heroic restraint Romney responded in the way that in the past an English gentleman was popularly supposed to respond to excitable foreigners jabbering over some grievance." Thank God political necessity did not require O'Sullivan to insult his own mother as well.
One-time Anglosphere enthusiast Dan Riehl told England it was "a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago for anyone to care about," and its citizens "feckless wankers," before declaring, "put a Gold Medal on that and aim it at the Queen's are."
Later Riehl said the Conservative Brits' ill-treatment of Romney "does have an element of Obama and the left's ongoing war against success in it," likened Cameron to Obama as a "ostriched plumed politician," said "Cameron looks like a petulant brat here," etc.
Even as the rightbloggers tiptoed away from the Romneyshambles, you could tell they were still rattled. One clear sign: Some of them went for a particularly egregious bit of email-from-your-grandma bullshit: A rumor that Obama might order the U.S. Olympians to dip the American flag at the reviewing stand, which they haven't done for a hundred years.
This did not, of course, actually happen, but Fox News' Todd Starnes headlined "Will U.S. Dip American Flag at Olympic Ceremony?" over a story that included the U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman saying the U.S. wouldn't dip the flag, "End of story. Period." (Also in the story: "FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.")
Strangely, after Romney blazed through London no one had much interest in this one.
"It's an Obama World," explained Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit. "US May Dip Its Flag to British Leaders at Opening Ceremony... Admit it. It really wouldn't shock you. Its the Obama way."
"Why now?" asked Breitbart's William Bigelow about this fantasy event, and floated two theories: One, that the Obama Administration "wants to shore up its position by acting deferentially toward one of our strongest allies... Now Obama can look as if he likes the British"; and two, "to start the tradition of dipping the flag because of the next Olympic Games in the winter of 2014. Just where are they, anyway?In Sochi, Russia. That's right; if we dip the flag in London, next we'll be dipping the flag to Vladimir Putin," because Obama loves Russia or something.
Something else that made their blood vessels burst like Christmas crackers was the tribute to the National Health Service nurses in the Olympics opening ceremony.