Matt Taibbi on the Meaningless Sideshow

Always a favorite, Matt Taibbi on the irrelevance of the Republican primary races and how grass roots discontentment shows where the real political battle lines exist.   Also, more on Ron Paul and what his popularity reflects.  Plus, the media’s hard sell on fracking, Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Pat Robertson gets a tip from God (just don’t ask him to share it).

Use this post as today’s thread.

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42 Responses to Matt Taibbi on the Meaningless Sideshow

  1. Sunshine Jim says:

    Hooo ah!

    spoink and drurm!

  2. Bachmann’s gone! Woot!
    Her speech said she will fight to end Obamacare, she will fight bla bla bla…

    I hope she fights her way into obscurity!

  3. WELCOME to Matt Taibbi! WE are so lucky at MR!!!

    Did you all see Matt’s piece in Rolling Stone? It is awesome! Glenn Greenwald had the link up on his page, and it was so salient & poignant!

    Thanks, Sam!

    • Super love the songs, just found you, you remind me of a Metro Station vibe. i love Metro Station. have me hooked, keep it up make more songs

  4. brianbeutler Brian Beutler
    McConnell: Unprecedented pro-forma session appointment for Cordray puts him in “uncertain legal territory”.

    emptywheel emptywheel
    More shorter Mitch: How dare this President interfere with the banks inalienable right to fuck over their customers!

  5. Sunshine Jim says:

    Matt always worth a listen

    happy whatever!

  6. HolyCity2012 says:

    Is Sam going to front like he hasn’t completely exploited this “sideshow”? Due to a lack of gumption to dig up real news or just a lack of creativity. What ever the reason, all this focus on the Republican rat race is insulting at best.

  7. Sunshine Jim says:

    get rid of the Aholes and the fed!

    i’d settle for that…

  8. Sunshine Jim says:

    matt has’nt poked his nose into the racism BS?

    sheesh! do some research for our sake!

  9. Sunshine Jim says:

    heh! this is all the same ol BS, it’s all fluff till next october at the earliest…

    • nah, it will get serious in the spring, jim…

      the discussions won’t be about the politicians so much as the protests and the repression, though…

      • Sunshine Jim says:

        tanks! i need a shot of optomism occasionally!

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  10. Sunshine Jim says:

    deff mentalpause…

  11. Sam’s talking my topper at Proligarchy

  12. Sunshine Jim says:

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  13. Sam said the WH wanted this fight….

    AP The Associated Press
    Obama plans to defy GOP opposition in the Senate and name a chief consumer watchdog, AP sources say: -EC

  14. thinkprogress ThinkProgress
    Total recess appointments: Obama (29), George W. Bush (171), Clinton (139), George H.W. Bush (77), Reagan (243).

  15. KatrinaNation Katrina vandenHeuvel
    Barney Frank may have said it best: “We’re not perfect, but they’re just nuts.”

  16. Sunshine Jim says:

    mostly people are discussing the new “Throw you in the clink and throw away the key’ legislation!”

    major betrayal by Ohblabla

  17. chrislhayes Christopher Hayes
    Huge thanks to last night’s guests: @michelleinbklyn @MHarrisPerry @RameshPonnuru and rocking the sweater vest to the fullest, @SamSeder

    • So thats (Michelle Goldberg) who that other excellent guest was last night.

    • al AirAn says:

      I really like Michelle Goldberg’s tweets; they are so wise and knowledgeable. I only wish she would tweet en francais pour tous les habitants dans Quebec 😉

  18. Sunshine Jim says:

    R.I.P. Bill of Rights 1789 – 2011

    One of the most extraordinary documents in human history — the Bill of Rights — has come to an end under President Barack Obama. Derived from sacred principles of natural law, the Bill of Rights has come to a sudden and catastrophic end with the President’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a law that grants the U.S. military the “legal” right to conduct secret kidnappings of U.S. citizens, followed by indefinite detention, interrogation, torture and even murder. This is all conducted completely outside the protection of law, with no jury, no trial, no legal representation and not even any requirement that the government produce evidence against the accused. It is a system of outright government tyranny against the American people, and it effectively nullifies the Bill of Rights.

    In what will be remembered as the most traitorous executive signing ever committed against the American people, President Obama signed the bill on New Year’s Eve, a time when most Americans were engaged in the consumption of alcohol. It seems appropriate, of course, since no intelligent American could accept the tyranny of this bill if they were sober.

  19. Sunshine Jim says:

    getting rid of the fed.

    the big one for me along with putting a dent in fascism.

    • i’m with you on that, sunshine. i got more than one issue, what I am trying to say is that reefer madness is a bigger issue than apparently Matt Taibbi or Sam or many folks for that matter realize.

      i wasn’t trying to be an ahole about it, but sam has a way of being argumentative….in fact, his statement about state rights with regard to reefer was one of the stupidest things I have ever heard, even smart men say stupid things.

  20. al AirAn says:

    it was 5 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday afternoon, it was zero this morning 🙁

  21. DearLeader says:


    You should definitely have Corey Robin on the show sometime soon. This piece he did on Ron Paul covers much of the same ground as today’s show with regards to Paul filling the void created by the absence of any truly anti-imperial voices or institutions on the left, as well as the dark side of Federalism, and the efficiacy of ending federal drug prohibition.

    When Robin’s book “The Reactionary Mind” is panned as hateful garbage by both Andrew Sullivan and The New York Times Book review, you can pretty much be sure he’s hit the nail right on the head.

    • That pretty much sums it up, I would only add that marijuana prohibition specifically is an issue that many let Ron Paul own. We saw in the election of Obama how important the youth vote is. Politicians and pundits, like Sam, who choose to downplay the importance of marijuana prohibition are hurting the 99% movement. Have some courage and stand up for what is right for christ’s sake.

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