Bill Maher laid waste to the right for getting every prediction they made about Obama’s first term completely wrong.
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Maher used Focus on the Family’s 2008 Obama predictions to make his point that when it comes to Obama, the right has always been wrong.
The Real Time host said,
I don’t expect the far right Christian group Focus on the Family to agree with me on everything or even anything, but they do have to answer one question. If you are doing God’s work, and God is perfect, how come you’re always wrong? Is the problem that you can’t follow instructions, or is Jesus just d*cking you around? Now, I bring this up because in 2008 Focus on the Family tried to frighten their vast mailing list of snake handlers and early onset dementia patients by sending out a letter with a set of predictions about what our great nation would like if we elected that evil Count Chocula as our president. And of the thirty four predictions they made, they got right exactly none. 0 for 34. So I’m just saying they claim to work for God, but they’re always wrong, and it’s always a disaster. It’s like of every time you tried to put together some bunk beds from IKEA, you died and woke up in hell blowing a guy named Sven.
So if I may, let me relay some of the predictions Focus on the Family made about what would happen if Obama became president. The Pledge of Allegiance gone. The Boy Scouts of America gone. Private guns seized, and worst of all pornography is available at gas stations…They almost got one right when they predicted the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but then they went on to say it would turn the Navy into a Fire Island booze cruise sponsored by lube. Oh, and I almost forgot. America has single payer healthcare. That’s the funniest one of all.
Look now that Obama’s first term is almost over and America has not turned into one big gay circle jerk, you would think they would apologize. Sorry Obama, we confused you with RuPaul. But no, no there are no apologies on the far right. Like last year, Trump claimed his private eyes in Hawaii were finding amazing things about Obama’s birth certificate, even though the only amazing thing they found was how easy it is to con Donald Trump into paying for your vacation. But he was never forced to take a public walk of shame, he just to pass the baton on to the next liar. Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney said in 2007 that it wasn’t worth going into Pakistan to get Bin Laden, and in 2008 he predicted that if Detroit got their bailout, “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.” Is there no penalty anymore for just being wrong? Wrong. Forget ideology. You thought something in the future would go a certain way, great stakes were riding on whether you got it right, and you didn’t.
All the Republicans in ’93 said Clinton’s raising taxes would destroy the economy, and it did the opposite. In 2003, George Bush was certain Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. In 1964, Ronald Reagan said Medicare would destroy our freedom. As Joe Biden said, “Folks, use your common sense.”
Even though the right was totally wrong about their Obama predictions four years ago, they are doubling down on them in 2012. Anti-choice groups are claiming that if Obama wins a second term, abortion will be free and paid for on the government dime. The NRA is claiming that going to take away guns in his second term, and the biggest lie of all is that “religious freedom” will be under assault if President Obama is reelected.
A good look back at the history of presidential campaigning over the last 20 years reveals that it doesn’t matter who the Democrat is, the right claims doom is just an Election Day away, and they are always completely, totally, and absolutely wrong.
The sad part is that the people behind these groups know they are wrong, but that doesn’t stop them from whipping the rubes into a frenzy.
The dirty little secret behind these is that it doesn’t matter if they are right or wrong.
The predictions of doom are the backbone of the Republican get out the vote effort. Nearly 40 years ago, Republicans learned that fear motivates their base. so in order to make sure that the conservatives show up on Election Day, they have to get them good and scared.
The carrots that every Republican candidate dangles in front of their base include issues like abortion and religion, but even if the Republican wins the election, they never seem to manage to take the action that they promise the base they will on these social issues.
Because if they gave the base what they wanted, especially the far right religious conservatives, they wouldn’t show up to vote anymore. If they don’t show up to vote, Republicans don’t win elections. Even the truest of the true believers in the Republican Party understand this basic political equation.
So what we are left with is a perpetual cycle where Republican candidates end up being totally wrong on almost everything, because if the base isn’t terrified, they may not vote.
Ever since the passage of Social Security, Republicans have been consistently wrong about America’s tastes in social programs. Their ideology is rooted in bygone centuries. Republicans were wrong about Social Security in 1935. They were wrong about Medicare in 1964, and they are wrong about Obamacare in 2012.
Maher is right. There should be a penalty for being wrong, but since the media has decided that being neutral is more important that being accurate, there is no penalty for being wrong.
Republicans are penalized by their base for being right, and if the media won’t hold them accountable, being wrong is their clear path to victory on Election Day.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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