Geraldo Rivera interviewing Moonbat Bachmann on Fux News
Ever since Rep. Joe Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for having to endure a “shakedown” by the White House when they agreed to set up a $20b escrow fund to compensate man and nature for unleashing an oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico, the winger noise machine has taken Obama Derangement Syndrome to new heights.
As I noted here the other day, Barton was merely parroting the main talking point of the Republican Study Committee, who released a written statement titled “Chicago-style Political Shakedown” which is being regurgitated throughout the wingnutosphere.
For instance, Rush Limpbot and others referred to the congressional hearing “a Stalinist show trial.”
Fux News contributor Andrea Tantaros called the escrowed money a “slush fund” and a “stick up.”
Newtie called it extortion, as did Limpbot who railed that the money would go to unions, Democrats facing tough re-election bids, and of course that most feared group of subversives amongst us, “Acorn people.”
Moonbat Bachman continued harping on the extortion theme on Geraldo Rivera‘s show, who bless his little mustached soul, called her out on it. She doubled down on the crazy at a Heritage Foundation luncheon, calling the escrow account ” a wealth distribution fund”:
The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund. And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government. If there is a disaster, why is it that government is the one who always seems to benefit after a disaster, and that’s of course what cap-and-trade would be.
They shouldn’t have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest — they’ve got to be legitimate claims.
The other thing we have to remember is that Obama loves to make evil whatever company it is that he wants to get more power from. He makes them evil, and what we’ve got to ask ourselves is: Do we really want to be paying $9 for a gallon of gas? Because that could be the final result of this.
At first I was a bit surprised that the wingers are pushing this particular incident as part of their overarching “government takeover” narrative since it draws attention to the Dem counter-narrative that the Rethugs are the party of big business. Then I remembered that the whole thrust of the Rethug’s propaganda strategy is emotional, not rational. The right wing noise machine is doing its part to keep low information voters in a constant state of fevered agitation, to distract them from their just say no to their everything (but tax cuts) legislative agenda.
Time to preview, once again, the 2010 Rethug campaign commercial: