nutpicking (verb)

The practice of sifting through the comments of blogs, email threads, discussion groups and other user generated content in an attempt find choice quotes proving that the advocates for or against a particular political opinion are unreasonable, uninformed extremists.

Think Progress:

GOP Legislator: Homosexuality Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorist Attacks Because We Have To Deal With It Every Day

Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern (R) first became infamous on the national stage when she said that blacks “don’t work as hard” as white people. The Oklahoma House finally reprimanded her for those statements, but Kern has yet to answer for a number of derogatory remarks she’s made about gay men and women.

Now, ahead of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Kern is doubling down on her claim that homosexuality poses a greater threat to America than terrorist attacks. In 2008, Kern said homosexuality is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” and called it a cancer that is “spreading” across America and “will destroy our young people.”

Now Right Wing Watch reports that a few days ago, she spoke with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality to promote her new book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. She repeated her claim that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks because unlike terrorism, we have to deal with it every day.

I’m not going to defend Ms. Kern. There is no defense for that kind of bigotry.

But across the fifty-seven states there are over a thousand state legislators. Some are Democrats, some are Republicans. There are also thousands of party officials from both parties. Out of those numbers it is inevitable that some will be bigots, kooks, hypocrites, perverts, morons and/or crooks.

Occasionally some Democrat gets caught with his hand in the nookie jar. What does that prove about Democrats?

Nothing, except that they are human.

What Ms. Kern said tells us a lot about Ms. Kern, but it doesn’t tell us anything about Republicans.

Except that they are human.

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7 Responses to Nutpicking

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I wish the media would nutpick Obama more. This was a stump speech in Richmond Virginia, 90 miles from the WH …. and he took AF1.

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you. This kinda stuff is why I finally just quit reading Think Progress or HuffPo at all.

  3. yttik says:

    Yes, I’ve gotten really tired of the gotcha politics that are fueled by hyperbole and hysteria. Republicans want to burn books! They hate women! Every little statement is taken out of context and converted into a talking point. Many Republicans may very well be A-holes, but this gossipy, deceptive way it’s presented makes me not even want to listen anymore.

    You reach a point where you start to question whether or not Republicans are really going out at night and robbing graves or driving stakes through people’s hearts. The caricature of Republicans is no longer believable.

    • 1539days says:

      This will be a good time to work on my post about the GOP.

    • Valhalla says:

      The really bad thing about this all is that Republicans’ policies ARE actually mostly crap. That’s a much bigger threat to all of us than any effect the nutpicked quotes will have. So it’s a boy-who-cried-wolf effect, where yeah, this time the wolf’s really at the door but no one will believe it.

      But actually analyzing policy is way harder than sitting at your keyboard snarking and fauxraging, and much less fun. So all the fauxgressives do is drive more people in the very direction they (say they) don’t want people to go.

  4. But when a union man uses a war metaphor for GOTV — that’s serious!

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