My socialistic atheist friend posted this article from Rolling Stone on her facebook and I gotta thank her for it. I remember when RS was on top of the political game. The dispatches that Hunter S. Thompson sent in from the campaign bus during the 1972 campaign over the mojo wire were pure gold so I eagerly clicked on the link. After reading it I realized the main point of the article was to prove that Michele Bachmann is easily as qualified to be President as BHO is. Apparently, knowing their audience, RS edited out anything of substance from this piece. (Wow, man, wouldn’t it be far out if Cheech and Chong put out another album like “Big Bambu”.)
It is interesting to read some of the feedback this article has generated:
The profile is the kind of battle-axing of Bachmann that is going to do great pageviews for the magazine but ultimately play right into her hand. It gives Bachmann legitimate evidence that the fabled leftist mainstream media is attacking her. Consequently, it will make her more popular with a base that looks for which conservative leader is being most reviled in the media, and then assumes that person is their best bet. (It’s not a coincidence that Tim Pawlenty has completely avoided harsh criticism from the MSM while at the same time being unable to gain traction with Tea Party-influenced primary voters.)
Not only is the profile unnecessarily mean, it’s sloppy.
And I think that perhaps what has happened to Taibbi is that he’s being encouraged to be the new gonzo that [Jann Wenner, the publisher] romanticizes and those days are over. I don’t think either one of the them realizes it. The differences between Taibbi and Dr. Thompson is that Thompson went to get a story–he went places–he didn’t write it from f-ing Jann Wenner’s f-ing couch. You couldn’t find Thompson for months, because he was working on a story. Clearly, this Bachmann piece shows the difference quite clearly, between Taibbi and Hunter S. Thompson–which is vast. The longer Taibbi chases it with rhetoric and no reporting, he’s going to lose.
After watching the rabid viciousness with which the Left has gone after Sarah Palin and come up empty my regard for her has risen. Now that the focus has turned to Bachmann I am thinking there must be something there. Perhap she is the one?
For more commentary regarding the RS piece see http://www.litkicks.com/TaibbiOnBachmann
I gotta go…