FROM THEIR SIDE NOW: Palmetto Republicans wanted Tim Scott!

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

Our blue tribe still needs Lester Maddox: Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay!

Last evening, the joy was general among the stooges who attend to our tribe's psychic needs on Our Own Cable News Channel. 

As we watched them service our needs, we saw Stephanie welcome a "dear, dear friend" into the scripted discussion. (Increasingly, being mere "friends" is no longer enough.)

Others introduced favored panelists as "the great [INSERT NAME HERE]." We're prepared to assume that many such people don't like being introed that way.

Reassuringly, some panelists had been selected from among "our favorite reporters and friends!" We were dumbly told that we'd "get smarter" with the evening's first collection of stars.

So it went as our tribal stooges pandered to our own needs. On one lone program, former senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) briefly voiced a lonely word of warning about the evening's glorious news—but all in all, the pleasure was general across The One True Channel.

Why were the stooges so happy last night? Of course! The New York Times was reporitng that Donald J. Trump was on his way to jail! 

Did the feds once manage to get Al Capone on an income tax charge? In this case, Trump was going to be hauled away on a charge which was roughly equivalent to the mistreatment of postage stamps in a public forum. 

In the front-page New York Times report, you can read about the jumping-through-hoops which will be required to indict the former chief executive on the projected charge. But within our own tents, we need him indicted and shipped off to jail. The dirty little secret is this:

The corporate children who service our needs don't know how to win at the politics. The political problems we can't seem to solve must be handled through criminal means.

Has Donald J. Trump committed actual crimes? Except in the matter of the purloined and withheld classified documents, we can't say that the answer is clear. 

That said, all across our tribal networks, we have tended to speak about little else:

We need the man to be a criminal. We can't quite seem to beat the guy on the basis of his apparent insanity and his routinely inane "ideas."

American politics is now being played on the field of abnormal psychology. Our journalists refuse to accept this fact, and our own tribe refuses to see that we ourselves, with our own rather vast psychic needs, are a part of this rather obvious problem.

In fairness, top experts say that it's bred in the bone. At times of high stress, we humans divide ourselves into tribes and insist that the Others are evil.

In this morning's New York Times, Jennifer Finney Boylan describes the way this phenomenon played out way back when she was in college. 

Jimmy Carter, who Boylan deeply admires, had said that our nation needed something like a moral revival. In Carter's words, “piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

That's what President Carter had said. According to Boylan, this is the way it played:

BOYLAN (3/10/23): As Mr. Carter scrambled, new voters like me began to think about alternatives. We wanted an American hero, not an all-too-thoughtful negotiator. California’s progressive candidate, Jerry Brown, had plenty of supporters on campus. So did Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. He came to campus to see his son Ted Jr. in the fall of 1979. The visit was a zoo. It was as if we had been visited by all four Beatles at once.

Mr. Kennedy’s campaign sputtered out as quickly as it was briefly lit, but the damage to Mr. Carter was done. Mr. Reagan stopped seeming—to some—like such an impossible joke.

That was when it occurred to me that the mirror Mr. Carter held up to our flaws was not the thing we wanted. We didn’t want a guide to bettering our souls. We didn’t want to sacrifice for the common good. We wanted to be defined by what we owned, and what we wanted to own was as much junk as possible. We wanted to be told that we were great.

In Boylan's assessment, we liberals—or was it we Americans in general?—weren't the moral paragons we wanted to think we were. 

Or was it just the Reagan voters? Boylan's essay is unclear.

At any rate, whoever it was, we didn't want to sacrifice or fill our lives with purpose. We did want to own lots of junk.

We didn't want to listen to Carter discuss our possible flaws. At a time of substantial dislocation, "we wanted to be told that we were great," and so it plays today, again and again and again and again, even within our own blue tribe, with our utterly childish, multimillionaire tribunes never quite seeming to notice.

In fairness, experts say that these instincts are bred in the bone. Two Sundays ago, the psychic needs of our floundering tribe played out in Maureen Dowd's column.

In fairness to Dowd, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is about as hard to take as it gets (so far). In fairness to Greene, it seems that it runs in the family:

Her father believed in the "Taylor Effect." Once Greene herself became interested in public events, she signed on to "Frazzledrip," and things went downhill from there.

In the case of Rep. Greene, it's pretty much Very Few Dumb Ideas Left Behind. Especially from a blue tribe perspective, her statements will, almost surely, almost always be over the top. 

Still and all, the tweet in question was about as tame as a Greene tweet will ever get. When Greene rather dumbly said that we need "a national divorce"—a whole lot of Democrats agree—Dowd hauled out a pair of S-bombs, eventually landing on this:

DOWD (2/26/23): “Marjorie Taylor Greene is following in the footsteps of racist old bigots like Lester Maddox and George Wallace,” [Gerald] Rafshoon said.

In her tweet, Greene had complained about "sick and disgusting woke social issues." In the most primitive parts of our tribe's lizard brain, that meant she was a segregationist and a "racist old bigot," just like Lester Maddox and George Wallace of old!

Briefly, now, we'll tell you a secret about some modern GOP voters. We'll look at the state of South Carolina, one state to the north of Greene.

Way back in 1977, a 5-year-old girl named Nikki Haley wanted to enter the Little Miss Bamberg beauty contest. 

More specifically, she apparently wanted to enter one of the Little Miss Bamberg contests. At that time, the town of Bamberg had two. We're relying on NPR for the latest telling of this fascinating story:

MCCAMMON (2/19/23): At age 5, Haley was asked, mid-competition, to bow out of the Little Miss Bamberg beauty pageant—which had separate awards for Black children and white children—because they had no category for her, she told the New York Times Magazine in a 2011 interview. After that, the town integrated its pageants and many other social activities.

For the record, the 5-year-old girl had been born right there in Bamberg. She was a Carolina kid from the start. 

That said, her parents were Indian immigrants, and pageanteers couldn't decide which contest she belonged in.

Later, Bamberg integrated its pageant; the 5-year-old girl moved on. Thirty-three years later, in 2010, she was, at the age of 38, elected governor of the state, mainly by Republican voters.

We wouldn't vote for Haley ourselves. But in fairness, there's a term for that—major political talent. 

Had there also been a change in the weather in South Carolina? This fascinating story moves on:

In 2012, Senator Jim Dewine, an extreme conservative, announced that he was leaving his seat in the United States Senate. As governor, Haley would name his replacement.

Governor Haley named Rep. Tim Scott to the seat—and good God! Given the way we score these things, Rep. Scott was a black guy! 

(According to the leading authority on the matter, Governor Haley said this at the time: "It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat, he earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown.")

For the record, Senator Scott has gone on to win two statewide Senate elections. We wouldn't vote for Scott ourselves, but he has won those elections by wide margins, and he has mainly been elected by the state's Republican voters.

By our reckoning, the fuller story is even better than that. We take you back to the way Scott initially won his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives:

He won that seat in 2010, the same year Haley won her race for governor. He won his party's nomination in a run-off against fellow Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond—and Thurmond, who is no slouch, was and is the son of the legendary Strom Thurmond!

In this profile, we get a glimpse of the "racist old bigots" who now exist one state to the north of the almost always ridiculous Greene. They're such a bunch of racist old bigots that they somehow preferred Tim Scott over Strom Thurmond's son!

To us, that's an excellent story. But deep within the tortured minds of our clownishly atavistic blue tribe elites, facts like these don't yet exist—and when someone like Greene says something we don't like, we bring out our pleasing S-bombs and insist that she's Lester Maddox. 

Also, she has to be George Wallace—the truth can be nothing else! According to bedrock tribal rules, it's obvious that she has to be, not simply inane, but also a racist old bigot.

It gets worse in the column by Dowd, but we prefer to excuse the next person she quoted. Concerning the story we've told today, our assessment would be this:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but our own blue tribe is part of the syndrome which has plunged our national discourse into the realm of abnormal psychology over the past how many years.

When our disordered tribunes take the stage, it's still 1955, or it's often some earlier year. In a new piece for The Atlantic, George Packer limns it as shown:

PACKER (3/8/23): In a country world-famous for constant transformation, historical fatalism believes that nothing ever really changes. Mass incarceration is “the new Jim Crow”; modern police departments are the heirs of slave patrols. Historical fatalism combines inevitability and essentialism: The present is forever trapped in the past and defined by the worst of it. The arrival of the first slave ship on these shores in 1619 marked, according to The New York Times Magazine, “the country’s true birth date” and “the foundation on which this country is built.” Cruelty, inequity, and oppression endure in the American character not only as elements of a complex whole but as its very essence. 

Also, the Others have to be Lester Maddox! No other ideas need apply.

Greene is pretty much always over the top. In fairness, it seems to run in the family—and also, she didn't write seven columns about Candidate Gore's profoundly revealing bald spot, the way a certain Pulitzer winner did.

Next week, we'll turn to the complaint the ridiculous Greene lodged in her infernal tweet. Also, though, the state of South Carolina may soon have two candidates in the race for the GOP presidential nomination:

One is the state's "minority female" former governor. The other would be the black guy the state keeps electing to the Senate. 

We wouldn't vote for either one, but we're also prepared to suggest that they, and possibly even Rep. Greene, may not be Lester Maddox. But within the tortured psychic framework of our own atavistic blue tribe, that seems to be the only thing they can possibly be.

For today, we'll close with a plea:

Blue tribe with whom we always vote, please consider healing thyself! We might start by getting those multimillionaire corporate stooges off our own corporate air.


  1. If 501c Parent's Right's group members don't have to be parents, why would all politician's who support white supremacy have to be white?


  2. tl;dr.'s way too long, dear Bob.

    "The corporate children who service our needs don't know how to win at the politics."

    Meh. Your BlueAnon Shamans, Deep State media henchmen, they know it perfectly well, dear Bob.

    Lies, race-baiting, and general hate-mongering are your tribe's only tools in politics.

    ...we know it, and you, dear Bob, know it...

    1. Sure thing, Mark.
      I'm totally buying that you hate "the deep state" and not Biden's attempts to tax your Establishment friend's.

  3. “We might start by getting those multimillionaire corporate stooges off our own corporate air.”

    Somerby, massively virtue signaling again.

    It isn’t “our” air. MSNBC has a right to exist and broadcast, as does Fox.

    How does Somerby suggest we get those “stooges” off the air? I’m sure “we’d” love to get Fox stooges off the air. But we can’t do that either.

    And anyone who cares about our discourse would demand all corporate “stooges” be taken off the air, not just the purported liberal ones.

    1. The average journalist or cable news host, who is not a major star, earns about $140,000 per year. Not multimillions. Tucker earns more than most of the people Somerby criticizes here.

  4. The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

  5. "Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay yay!" Bob said, falling out of the clown car.

  6. IMO Bob is too kind to liberals regarding racial hypocrisy. Literal policies hurt African Americans. Given the education gap that Bob often mentions, improved education is the number one need. Yet, liberals oppose school choice, which means leaving black children in failing schools. Democrats support teachers unions, to the detriment of black Americans.

    Jobs are the number two need. A self-supporting person is psychologically and morally different from someone on welfare. Yet, Democrats support illegal immigrants, who take entry level jobs that blacks could otherwise get. Liberals support various restrictions that are designed to help labor unions but which discourage entry level workers.

    1. The obvious progress black people have made in the US in the last 50 years, in large part due to their inclusion in one of the major political parties in a capacity
      that supports them obviously offends David. Republicans have been peddling
      this bullshit since the 1970s. The
      only black in power that would be
      acceptable to David is a all in Uncle
      Tom like Clarence Thomas.

    2. Democrats detain and deport illegal immigrants.

    3. It is useless to try to engage David in a debate. He is programmed to give the same responses every time. This is an ideological article of faith with him, he'll be damned if he admits he's been wrong his entire wretched racist existence.

    4. At 1:00, yep. When when and if we get out of this, there will be a ripe areas for
      Historians to explore. The supposedly
      reasonable conservatives (David in Ca)
      who revealed themselves by signing
      off on Trump. As well as the pathological
      both siderists (Bob), whose massive
      egos would not allow themselves to
      admit they had been wrong about
      The Right.

    5. @12:51 Thomas Sowell responded to your assertion some time back. He observed that African Americans were making good progress through their own efforts in the years before the Democrats adopted civil rights as their issue. Since that date, African American progress has been slower.

    6. Thomas Sowell and Tim Scott are not going to change the racial status quo. That’s why Republicans vote for them. They don’t negate Greene’s racism.

    7. The sanctimonious bullshit that emerges from 70+ year old regular Fox viewers is ludicrous. Recent fact finding pertaining to the ongoing litigation suggests that contrary to popular belief, the misinformation that Fox viewers spew is not originated by cretins like Tucker Carlson, but rather is a manifestation of what the Fox "thought leaders" think their audience wants reinforced by them. Thus "liberals support illegal immigrants" and "teacher unions are detrimental to black students" are among a variety of sewage stated with the kind of self assurance that comes from many hours of being fed their own bullshit by disingenuous millionaires like Carlson. What??? He detested Trump? Why you've been lied to! Try and sort out how often that happens. Thus buoyed by the misinformation the rich minions at Fox reinforce for them, rubes like DIC revel in self confident condescension. Try to explain this, DIC, without self- labeling as a racist: the party affiliation of 90% of blacks is democrat. Because if you think that you understand their interests in terms of job opportunity or educational issues better than they do, I would suggest that you explain yourself. Incidentally, the gap in GDP growth under democratic vs republican presidents over many decades is an inconvenient truth that even your twice impeached high priest remarked about accurately at one time, and the displacement of black workers at a time of roughly 3.5% unemployment somehow makes perfect sense to you. You own the libs in the comfort of your living room.

    8. 11:22,

      I always enjoy your contributions.

    9. At least David in Cal pointed out the police are running protection rackets on the citizens.

  7. Terrible but now predictable crappola from
    Bob today. Yes, once gets annoyed by
    the cutesy poo banter on MSNBC, and
    I can’t really say if this is as bad on Fox.
    Certainly, it’s no worse than the creepy
    and patronizing invective Bob then
    continues with about our tribe, yada
    An interesting report on MSNBC claimed
    that Trump had (“once again?”) denied
    having sex with Stormy and says it was
    just a matter of putting out a little
    political fire. First, I don’t ever recall
    Trump being asked weather Stormy
    was telling the truth, not ever (doesn’t
    mean it didn’t happen). But Trump
    has never presented himself as
    the sort of person who would lay
    our big money to extortionists with
    false, unprovable claims.
    Bob presents this as a minor infraction,
    as if Trump ran a red light, and I
    guess that would be a matter of his
    not very wise opinion, but somebody
    spent a year in jail for carrying the
    (illegal) bribe. So only a moral
    idiot (Bob) could view it that way.
    Does Bob really view the Georgia
    phone call as above board and not
    worth mentioning? See “moral
    Idiot.” It would certainly take a
    white racist (Bob) to look away from
    the grotesque singling out of
    black election workers for harassment
    by Trump. What kind of person
    would hope they could NOT sue the
    shit out of him for this?
    Then we move on for Bob’s outrage
    that Dowd suggested people who declared
    they want to break off from the US
    are something like the confederacy.
    This is too tedious and ridiculous
    to bother answering.

  8. anon 1:18, I'm pretty sure Trump has denied Stormy's allegations numerous times, though the record will speak for itself. (I don't believe him for the reasons you state). I believe Michael Cohen pled guilty to some campaign finance violation in connection with the payoff to Ms. Daniels. I don't believe the payment in and of itself was a crime. If trump gets indicted, i believe it might be for some tax violation. Feel free anyone to correct me if I'm wrong. if you care to bother to do that.

    1. If there was a firm and juicy clip of Trump denying having sex with Stormy (the MSNBC report says he has “always”
      done it, wouldn’t we have been shown it
      A million times by now? Also, he might have listened to his lawyers for once and not opened himself up for another decimation suit in this case. Again, if She was just making it up, can you see him paying her? It may come down to how the expense was reported, but I am
      less confident than you it was legal.
      Why would his bag man be sent to
      jail for it?

    2. anon 2:03, you should note that I agree with you - I believe Trump did have that roll in the hay with the porn star - but I am pretty sure he has denied that it happened, not much doubt of that. I looked it up - Michael Cohen pled guilty to tax fraud, false statements on a financial instrument, excessive campaign contributions, and unlawful corporate contributions. As I've mentioned before, I'm an attorney (although one brainiac here claims I'm lying about that) and I don't believe that in and off itself making a payment to Ms. Daniels in exchange for her agreement to keep the incident confidential constitutes a "crime." I believe, like with Cohen, the charge, if it happens, will be on some other basis.

    3. "In the federal case against Mr. Cohen, prosecutors said that Mr. Trump’s company “falsely accounted” for the monthly payments as legal expenses and that company records cited a retainer agreement with Mr. Cohen. Although Mr. Cohen was a lawyer, and became Mr. Trump’s personal attorney after he took office, there was no such retainer agreement and the reimbursement was unrelated to any legal services Mr. Cohen performed.

      In New York, falsifying business records can amount to a crime, albeit a misdemeanor. To elevate the crime to a felony charge, Mr. Bragg’s prosecutors must show that Mr. Trump’s “intent to defraud” included an intent to commit or conceal a second crime.

      In this case, that second crime could be a violation of New York State election law. While hush money is not inherently illegal, the prosecutors could argue that the $130,000 payout effectively became an improper donation to Mr. Trump’s campaign, under the theory that because the money silenced Ms. Daniels, it benefited his candidacy.

      Combining the criminal charge with a violation of state election law would be a novel legal theory for any criminal case, let alone one against the former president, raising the possibility that a judge or appellate court could throw it out or reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor."

  9. Somerby keeps saying ideas are bred in the bone and inherited. That’s not true. Ideas are not passed along genetically.

    1. In the good old days, ideas were passed in blogs like this. Now they’re passed along in social media.

    2. He said that instincts are bred in the bone -not ideas.

    3. "We didn't want to listen to Carter discuss our possible flaws. At a time of substantial dislocation, "we wanted to be told that we were great," and so it plays today, again and again and again and again, even within our own blue tribe, with our utterly childish, multimillionaire tribunes never quite seeming to notice.

      In fairness, experts say that these instincts are bred in the bone. "

      That's deliberate behavior, not "instinct".

      Instinct definition: "an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli."

      Such as a man turning and watching when a young girl walks by. Wanting to be told we're great is not instinct. It is a motivation emerging from ego needs and our sense of self, not some external stimulus.

      Somerby throws these words around but he doesn't think about what they mean. The desire to think well of oneself is not genetic.

      The problem is not with the use of the word "instinct" but with applying it to voluntary behavior that is not related to instinct.

    4. Just pointing out the original commenter misquoted the article. ;)

    5. Looking at girls is learned behavior.

    6. For you, maybe.

    7. On the other hand, looking at blogs is instinctive.

    8. Why would anyone conclude that wanting to be liked is not instinctive?

    9. Wanting to be liked is a rare stroke of genius.

  10. Why does Somerby keep calling Tucker Carlson a boy? He is 53 years old.

    1. Bob is almost twenty years older than Tucker.

    2. Bob is originally from New England and he has a curmudgeonly yankee aspect to his personality.

      That is far and away different from my indolent culture. How can you not appreciate the markedly incisive and no-frills analytical gifts that his genetics and environment have afforded him.

      Get what you can from Bob. It’s a lot.

    3. Can you be a bigger moron Cecelia?

    4. Give Cecelia a break. She's tormented by nightmares she has about Elementary school children being taught CRT.
      She needs to stop eating heavy meals before bedtime.

    5. Ah. The CRT stuff that gets hauled in and out of the Ivory Tower depending upon the angle that’s being argued.

    6. Cecelia,
      You got taken by a liar. It happens. Acknowledge your error, move on, and try to be smarter about things next time.