Sunday, March 16, 2014


By Charles P. Pierce on March 13, 2014

Oh, Paul Ryan. Your zombie-eyed granny starving won't get you into heaven any more.

The ZEGS from Wisconsin stepped on another rake yesterday while talking on Bill (Sportin' Life) Bennett's electric radio program. This is what he said.

"That's this tailspin or spiral that we're looking at in our communities...Your buddy Charles Murray or Bob Putnam over at Harvard, those guys have written books on this...We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work...There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."

(Let us pause for a moment and admire the shiny brass balls it takes to have a discussion imply that "inner city" men have a problem with their ethic between a guy who went to high school and college on Social Security survivor's benefits -- You're welcome, dickhead -- and a problem gambler who'd bet on which of his toenails would grow the fastest. Big shiny brass balls. See them gleam.)

This is not a dogwhistle. I mean, really, Charles Fking Murray? This is a goddamn air-raid siren. 

If you're talking about a "cultural problem" in the "inner city," and citing Charles Murray while you're doing it, well, you're pretty much broadcasting in the clear to the people you want to reach. That entire phony "listening tour" that you went on? Useless now. Want to run for president? You just wrote a radio and television ad for any Democrat who wants to run for president, including all of the dead ones. Your campaign is in the wind now, dude. Between this and that stupid brown paper bag fable that you cribbed at CPAC, you're no more ready for primetime than you were when Uncle Joe Biden laughed you off the stage back in 2012.


This is the risk of making a career within the conservative bubble. Sooner or later, you blurt something out in the code and the rest of the world hears it. He didn't say "inner city" by accident. He didn't cite a white supremacist like Murray by accident. He didn't go on Bennett's radio show accidentally. He knew what he was saying and to what audience. He was extremely articulate. And he remains the biggest fake in American politics

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