I think a slow news day must have provoked Rush Limbaugh’s attempt to align the new Batman’s villain, named Bane, with the controversy surrounding Romney’s stewardship of Bain during his last years there. Liberal Hollywood launches a stealth political attack on the Republican candidate, according to the conservative television provocateur.
Rachel Maddow, as quoted in the Huffington Post, mocks Limbaugh soundly, and then poses a theory of her own: “The modern American right is hermetically sealed in a media universe that lets in no natural light and no air. They breathe in only their own exhalations. And in that sealed, self-referential, oxygen-deprived environment, the modern American right has become addicted to conspiracy theories, which mostly is hilarious, but occassionally it has real world consequences.”
The greater the attraction to these conspiracy theorists, the greater the consequences, if you ask me. Lies believed by the masses may as well be truths, in some cases. People create their own reality based on the perspective through which they view the world. The view from hermetically sealed American Right described by Maddow is twisted through a keyhole, thus largely hypothetical (to fill in what doesn’t fit through the narrow lens).
The attraction to Romney is real, and thus his ability to spin his own half-truths (or complete fabrications) to the avid believers who want a new hope to cling to. Obama hasn’t fixed our world in four years, any more than anyone else could have, and people are anxious to believe the promises of the new guy. But this new guy wears a mask: who is the real Romney? We can’t tell from his record (read Andy Ostroy‘s or Michael Kranish‘s account), or from his hidden financial past. How can we believe what is in front of us: all slippery hair and rhetoric?
And how do crazy theories spouted by the likes of Rush Limbaugh work in his favor? Or do they?
Maddow also killed Limbaugh’s rebuttal of mischaracterization in a slam-dunk from which silence is the best recovery. “I think we were factually accurate when we made fun of you for trafficking in one of the stupidest right-wing conspiracy theories of all time. You are contesting our characterization of your remarks, but we didn’t mischaracterize what you said. And now I think you’re just lying about what you said in order to avoid the embarrassment of having been so wrong.”
Has Limbaugh gone too far off script and become a handicap for the American Right so courted by Romney? If so, can’t we get this doofus off the air for good? Time will tell …