Obama Doesn't "Have a Strategy" on ISIS? Rightbloggers Do: Scare the Voters

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Hey, who's up for another foreign war? Hard to believe that just last year, on the 10th anniversary of America's less-than-excellent adventure in Iraq, rightbloggers seemed too demoralized for such activities. And when Obama poked the nation's nose into Libya in 2011, and threatened to do so in Syria last year, rightbloggers condemned his aggressiveness.

But times change -- we're on the cusp of a new set of midterm elections, and it usually helps Republicans if they can make a Democratic President look like a foreign-policy wimp. Now the brethren are yelling that Obama refuses to attack the supervillains of the moment, ISIS, and that as a result we're all going to be blown up.


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Rightbloggers' Long Obsession with Obama and Golf -- And Why It's Finally Paying Off

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Maureen Dowd, recently adopted as a "narrative journalist" by the New York Times Magazine, did a Sunday column about how Obama likes to golf even when bad things are happening (that is, anytime). "FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago," the column began, and did not improve thereafter.

But as with her famous pot-candy bummer, Dowd is way behind the curve. Her Obama golf column was preceded by years of rightblogger rages against the President's pastime, which flared again this week as he vacationed in Martha's Vineyard.


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Rightbloggers Try Anti-Cop Angle on Ferguson, But Revert to Old Ooga-Booga

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

By now you've heard what's been going on in Ferguson, Missouri: How an unarmed black man -- the latest in a long series, historically speaking -- was gunned down by a cop; how suspicion of a cop cover-up was followed by protests and rioting; and how people are appalled by the weird storm-trooper approach of the Ferguson PD.

Rightbloggers heard about it, and many took their traditional approach to such situations -- i.e. the old ooga booga attack on black people. Others, perhaps influenced by that "libertarian moment" thing all the kids are talking about, attempted to adopt a more civil-libertarian position -- but clumsily, like dogs trying to boil water, and with equally painful results.


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Rightbloggers Revel in "Libertarian Moment," Which Suspiciously Resembles Conservative Whenever [Updated]

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Last week the New York Times Magazine ran a story asking "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" The editors of libertarian flagship Reason magazine and many fellow travelers hailed the story, which featured several prominent movement figures such as Nick Gillespie and former MTV veejay Kennedy.

Rightbloggers were by and large positive about it -- which makes sense as, in our experience, libertarianism is basically conservatism for people with social anxieties.


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Rightbloggers to Obama: Why're You Impeaching Yourself?

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Readers of this column will have seen that each time a White House scandal gets ginned up, a concomitant cry goes out from rightbloggers for President Obama's impeachment. Google "Benghazi" and "impeachment," for example, and see what you get.

But lately Democrats have been fighting back, using conservative impeachment talk as a way to get their members scared enough to donate and maybe even show up at the voting booth in November.

This has led to one of the more Orwellian rightblogger themes of recent times: That it's Obama, not his mortal enemies, who is behind all the impeachment talk, and that conservatives have no intention of impeaching him unless he makes them mad -- which they already are.


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With 1,000 Dead in Gaza, Rightbloggers Claim Obama's Peace Process Threatens Israel

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Another week of horrible violence in Israel and Gaza has passed, and the world waits for a solution. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are working on it -- which rightbloggers consider an outrage. For one thing, diplomacy just isn't butch enough for them; isn't the solution in every case just to obliterate one's enemy and then enjoy the resulting millennia of peace?

For another, while diplomacy by Presidents with names like "Bush" and "Reagan" may be excused as minor infractions, diplomacy by Presidents named "Obama" is always part of a wider effort to destroy America, and that's what rightbloggers affect to believe the current Administration's turn at the well-worn Israel-Palestine peace table is all about.


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Rightbloggers Take Back the Culture with Anti-Feminist Tumblr, Religious Film Reviews, Etc.

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Let's be honest -- we really don't want to talk about last week's big, horrible news stories. The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 story is too disturbing and, aside from the usual it's-all-Obama's-fault knee-jerks, not much differentiates right from left on the subject. Similarly, reactions to the Israel-Palestine fight have little to do with anything in American politics except the strength of the Israel lobby and the absence of a Palestinian one.

So we will instead go with an evergreen -- or, as we like to think of it, a topic that never gets enough updates: Culture War, which is what rightbloggers have instead of culture.


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Borderline Personalities: Rightbloggers Vs. Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

A whole lot of kids from Central America have been dashing over the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, and rightbloggers blame them on Obama. (They also want them sent back to the hellholes they fled, but mainly they want to blame Obama, because that's pretty much what their lives are about anymore.)


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Rightbloggers Celebrate Hobby Lobby as Defeat for Liberals, Victory for Something-or-Other

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Last week's Hobby Lobby decision at the Supreme Court was contentious, as you probably noticed. For liberals, it was an egregious misreading of the competing interests at stake, and suggested for-profit companies can use possibly specious religious arguments to deny women their rights under Obamacare.

For rightbloggers it was mainly a fun victory. Oh, they were, as you might imagine, glad that ladies lost to religion and corporations -- in their world, that's a twofer! -- but most of them didn't press that point; it was as if, given the imminence of election season, they didn't want to sack-dance on female voters too much. So they instead devoted their writings to the distress of liberals, and how it proved they were stupid, a compelling message they can bring to voters of either gender.


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Mississippi God-dumb! Rightbloggers Rage as Blacks Help Cochran Beat the Tea Party

tomt200.jpgLast week's Mississippi GOP Senatorial primary was a doozy: the incumbent, challenged by a Tea Party nut for not being right-wing enough, invited black Democrats to protect themselves from said nut by crossing party lines and voting against him the Republican incumbent, which they did, securing the incumbent's victory.

As we have learned from previous Tea Party candidacies, rightbloggers believe all Republican office-holders must be replaced by frothing maniacs, and nothing infuriates them more than when one of their champions falls to the Establishment. But in this case they were even more enraged than usual -- partly because of the involvement of Democrats and black people.

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