Yahoos fighting in Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Just like friends, you can learn a lot about political bloggers by the hyperlinks they keep.
On Barry Pruett’s political blog “Inside Nevada County Politics,” for example, he links to Aaron Park’s “Right on Daily” in neighboring Placer County.
Aaron — whose politics are way out in right field — always has pearls of wisdom for us — and name-calling is his stock-in-trade. You know, like Rush Limbaugh. They call it “free speech.”
Like Rush, Aaron doesn’t tone down his name calling for woman: In his latest missive, he calls Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery a “left-wing nutbag.”
Aaron also calls her an “enemy of freedom.” And though wishful thinking, he writes that she could get “smoked out of office – which the taxpayers of Placer County need, desperately.” Right on Aaron! (who calls himself the 4 term California Republican Assembly Sgt. at Arms).
In fact Jennifer is a moderate Democrat — sort of like Truckee mayor Richard Anderson, who is expected to become supervisor in District 5. She is a collaborator, who is well liked on both sides of the aisle.
And, sure enough, Jennifer — the issue-oriented moderate — is going to get re-elected. Most of us are in the middle, remember? It goes for Placer County too.
Don’t blame Rush for all of this. The name-calling by the hard-right has escalated since our Congressman Tom McClintock set foot in the foothills. To them, even Republicans like Doug Ose and Doug LaMalfa are “liberal conservatives” — whatever that means.
Tom, you will recall, led by example in stating that it was time to get rid of our “left wing” clerk recorder at a tea party rally. No such luck though — fortunately, Nevada County is becoming more of a meritocracy, where people are elected based on merit and experience, not a “good old boy” political network.
You will hear more pearls of wisdom from Aaron Park this election season, no doubt targeting LaMalfa as a “liberal conservative” as he runs against Sam Aanestad. (Sam is a decent man, but he apparently just looks the other way to Aaron’s mudslinging tactics, like so many GOP “leaders.”)
The Holy Grail for the hard-right and their “pundits” is that they will all join hands and build a bridge (you know, like the Coca-Cola commercial) — from Nevada to Placer to Calaveras counties and beyond.
Don’t count on it. My dearly departed mother — a longtime staunch conservative who volunteered for the Republican party throughout her life and even hosted Ronald Reagan at her high school — had a word for these people. She called them “Yahoos.”
In her time, just so you know, Yahoo was a reference to the creatures in Gulliver’s Travels — known for their filthy and unpleasant habits — not the Silicon Valley internet firm.
And unlike the GOP party leaders, who seem be cowed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Aaron Park, she would say it to their face if necessary.
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