Parallel Republican Universes

Bill Maher talks a lot about the Republican Bubble, which was aptly explained by Marshall Fine in the Huffington Post last September

“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” as one Romney pollster put it, while even Fox News called bullshit on much of vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention. Because, hey, what does it matter if they’re lying? Half the country already assumes they are; the other half wants to swallow the lie whole, like a large pill washed down with cod-liver oil.

More like castor oil. With the same results.

It’s not like this is anything new. Go back to 2004, when an unnamed George W. Bush aide (later identified as Karl Rove) scoffed at a newspaper reporter as being part of the “reality-based community.” Rove went on to say, “When we act, we create our own reality.”

Or as Humpty Dumpty told Alice in Through the Looking Glass, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” To which Alice replied, “The question is, whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

To which, like Humpty, the Republicans reply, “The question is, which is to be master — that’s all.”

To note some recent Parallel Universes posited by the Wall Street Journal editorial team:

  • civil liberties are to blame for recent mass shootings because the rights of the mentally disturbed are protected (12/25/12)
  • a $5 million dollar exemption on estate taxes is a “mere pittance” to people who have worked all their lives and should be allowed to keep their money (1-1-13)
  • the AIG lawsuit against the government bailout of AIG is entirely warranted (1-9-13)
  • defense cuts will be used to fund ObamaCare (1/11/13)
  • drilling & fracking will solve the carbon emissions crisis and turn the economy around (1/2/13)
  • privatizing highways is in the public interest (1/15)/13)
  • mandating ethanol production is “the sort of thing that created the Protestant Reformation”

Stay tuned for more GOP Loony Tunes.

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