03
Feb
09

Dick Armey – Suck It

I’m sure most of you heard the asinine comments of Dick Armey toward Joan Walsh on Chris Matthew’s Hardballs last week:

But then Think Progress posted a little back-and-forth between Chris Wallace and Mike Gallagher discussing how funny they thought Dick’s comments were.

So, allow me to offer a few points in response to the comments of these debased characters:

  • I will discontinue viewership of Hardballs if Chris Matthews continues to allow blowhard douchebags like Armey to abuse his other guests. He railed against a guest describing rumors cirulating on the blogs about Kennedy having an affair, but offers no recourse against Armey for his misogynistic attack against Joan Walsh. Matthews, grow a pair!
  • During this pathetic excuse for relevant political commentary, Dick Armey repeated the phrase “redistributionist tax policy” and “income redistributionists” and then later tells Joan Walsh she sounds like a political hack. Either Dick Armey has the intellect of a termite or the ego of the God of Abraham because he failed, amidst all his glorious narcissism, to notice that using flunky right-wing verbiage like “redistributionist” is the epitome of political hackery.
  • Dick Armey, Chris Wallace and Mike Gallagher are old, wrinkly, entirely unattractive boneheads who likely can’t even get it up without a pill or five. If any of them think that a competent female would desire interaction with their teensy, nasty weeners, they are sorely mistaken. I’d much rather do Joan Walsh. And, no, I’m not a labesian.
  • Dick Armey and those of his ilk are – as I like to copy from Obama – on the wrong side of history. Their policies were tried and failed and America saw and felt the damage wrought by these antiquated policies of ideology. Their time has passed and the rest of us are moving on without them. We’re using data and evidence to make decisions, not unprovable, unrealistic theories. No amount of insults or mindless rhetoric will keep Armey and his types relevant. They are starving ghosts of the past. And I say good riddance.
  • Last, but not least, Armey’s attempt to win an argument with condescending insults is a common tactic among fools who do not have a competent defense for their viewpoints. Personal attacks and comments such as, “You need to go back to school”, are routinely used by these olympic imbeciles – Armey just being the most recent example of one. As a relatively young (31??) female, I’ve been on the receiving end of many such comments and have found the best way to deal with them is to exclaim my refusal to waste any more time discussing policy with someone so clearly out of their depth, they must resort to “yo mamma” jokes to make a point. These people have the morality of an enema and are a waste of good oxygen.
  • Joan – I disagree with you betimes, but kudos for maintaining your composure in light of your interaction with this antediluvian gasbag.

If you’d like to contact Hardballs and express your opinion of the interview, click this link to do so. You know I did.

And Bob Herbert is my new fave for calling Armey out on his comments:

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8 Responses to “Dick Armey – Suck It”


  1. February 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Great post Meredith. Several things I find pathetic about Dick’s statement, he’s clearly out of arguements, doesn’t know where to go next and so feels it’s okay to resort to personal attacks AND I’m sure he considers himself a “christian”. Since when is this kind of behavior EVER acceptable? And no, Chris Wallace you don’t have to be a feminist to be offended, you have to be human. This is more than just a sexist statement, it’s also good tv right? And that’s what viewers will tune in for…don’t worry about decency just go for ratings, chris matthews! Very disappointing.

  2. February 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Jodi – I absolutely agree with you How interesting that the conservative leaders and those supported by evangelicals are some of the most indecent, immoral, nasty, mean and vengeful. Bleeding-heart, kind, compassionate hippies are far more christ-like than these self-righteous Right-winger any how. Evangelicals and christians in general need a better character barometer because they people they support minions of satan, yo.

    **25 days!!! Can’t wait!!!

    Meredith

  3. 3 Kevin
    February 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    So I figured the reason we don’t hear from you anymore was because you’re so busy with this blog. But in the last week, during which it’s become obvious what a pork-laden joke this stimulus bill is, when Obama once again broke — sorry, “sought a waiver” for — his no-lobbyist rule, when 42 Americans died waiting for FEMA to help during an ice storm, when Ahmenijhad’s spokesman confirmed that Obama’s overtures to Iran did nothing but make him look weak, when he made a big show of promising to close Guantanamo while maintaining the policy of rendition (maybe because it brought Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon together) and when it pretty much looks like evey high-ranking Democrat should be considered a tax-cheat unless proven otherwise, the only thing you think is worth mentioning is an ex-politician no one cares about being rude to a writer on a web site no one reads on a show no one watches?

  4. February 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    that’s not true, kev – if you see the videos i posted below today, one was about aggie football and one was a funny or die video. i commented on other things (like jessica simpson’s weight, ahem). AND, i wrote in the comments section of another blog how shitty i thought it was that the dems somehow think daschle was the only possible hhs sec. and didn’t boot him as soon as these tax issues surfaced (and why didn’t they surface earlier? he didn’t tell BO administration…). the Ahmadenijad story gets a yawn from me.

    the stimulus package is a big cluster-fuck, but there are no good, clean solutions to this economic quagmire and tax cuts are not what will kick start things. infrastructure spending is far more effective. but, yes, there’s a lot of bullshit attached. everyone on capitol hill is a whore.

    and it’s ridiculous that that obama can’t find some peeps who don’t have tax issues. in the words of Job on Arrested Development, Come ON!!! I was going to write a blog about it, but I decided to head to the doggie park for a while and lose some of my jail pale.

    but i’m glad you took some time out of your day to offer some bright, cheerful sunshine on my blog. and you haven’t called me lately, either – and who is this “we” who hasn’t heard from me? Are you using the royal “we”? Call me!

  5. 5 Paige
    February 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Wow, Kev. Sounds like you are suffering some serious withdrawal from the “meredith luv.” Don’t like the cold gray weather? Feeling crabby? Not to denigrate those of your concerns that I also partially agree with, but maybe you need to move somewhere else and get a change of attitude.

    The Iran thing is a total yawn because it’s election-season posturing on the part of Ahmadinejad – especially if Khatemi decides to run. Talk about deja-vu! So to use that as a criticism of Obama is really grasping at straws. I wouldn’t have weakened my anti-O tirade by including it.

    (Wait, who were you criticizing in this comment? Meredith or Obama?)

    And what do you have against calling Armey, Matthews, Wallace, and co. on the carpet for their various failings? I understand that the meltdown of the global economy is far more important than this one particular exchange. It’s just that this one exchange and the fall-out following it is an illustration of the way we got ourselves into this mess.

    Armey used semantics to hide the fact that he didn’t have much to go on for his argument and that he is a has-been. Then he personally denigrated the person who disagreed with him and was going to call him on the carpet for it. The host basically rolled over and acquiesced to this bad behavior, doing nothing to defend his other guest.

    It’s just like deregulation and the renaming of investment products to disguise the fact that there is really NO MONEY THERE, and encouraging the use of those products to enable the guys in the business to get rich quick without thinking about the what-ifs or the long-term health of the economy, much less about the fiduciary health of the poor stupid people who were encouraged to spend far beyond their means (and I do use those terms thoughtfully). Then you attack the folks who overextended themselves, by saying that they were stupid and poor and deserve to fail, without wanting to take a close look and accept any blame for the predatory lending practices and business climate that encouraged it. Add into the mix the rollovers of BOTH parties, but the Republicans maybe more-we’ll see following more potential tax revelations ;-P, who allowed this to happen to their constituents rather than looking out for their constituents’ best interests. And you get a very long and tenuous, but serious analogy.

    Talk about the inhumanity to your fellow human beings. And that’s without the gender aspect of Armey’s original comments.

    Anyway, Texas is still a Republican bastion with many Libertarian leanings (-though Harris county did go for O). And the southern part of the state was sunny with temps in the low 70s!

  6. 6 Marc
    February 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Ha, I hadn’t actually seen this, and as I’m sure you’re more than aware my ever alert eyes usually see all. For that said, it seems to me that what we’ve reached is some kind of Freudian psychological collapse on the part of those who have self-deceived themselves into a religious fervor over free-market economics.

    This would be a classic example of denial and projection I believe.

  7. February 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Paige, that’s right! Maybe we can’t change Kev by pointing out the sexist and policy ills wrought the Right-wing leadership lately, but certainly a move to a more pleasurable climate would sweeten his mood.

    Kev – is Austin calling you? maybe…a little??

  8. February 4, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Marc – score one for me! You know, I actually try and comment on things less commented on, but fail miserably most of the time.
    The self-deceived you refer to only have ideology left and are refusing to acknowledge that more and more voters see straight their puritanical bullshite.


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