29 July, 2009

One-Trick Ponies: Michelle Malkin Edition

You know, I know these people are conservative, and I know that conservatives generally don't like to change things up, but this is ridiculous:

Michelle Malkin has a new book out. If it's as well researched as her two most recent outings -- which featured the classic right-wing technique of gathering any smidgen of evidence one can find to support a thesis (no matter how dubious or downright false) while carefully excising any smidgen of contradictory evidence (no matter how mountainous) -- it promises to be a real mess.

Malkin was on Sean Hannity's program last night touting it. I was particularly interested in how she described it -- heavy on innuendo, intimations of shady dealings, and a major emphasis on First Lady Michelle Obama as a kind of Machiavellian manipulator running the show from behind the scenes. She labels her "the First Crony."

This has a familiar ring, doesn't it? The wingnut right attacked Bill Clinton relentlessly as a corrupt Southerner involved in shady dealings (think Whitewater or Mena), while the Evil Hillary ran the show behind the scenes. And the mainstream right made heavy use of these attacks.

It's just deja vu all over again.

For fuck's sake, Malkin - if you're gonna kill trees, at least try not to pump out such formulaic fiction. Get a ghost writer if you have to. For a bunch of people who are such experts at making shit up, you'd think you could come up with something at least a little fresh and new.

Oh, and it might've helped the willing suspension of disbelief if you'd at least waited until Obama had been in office a year. Putting out this little potboiler so early in his presidency - it doesn't make those claims of "the most corrupt Administration in American history!11!!one!" even remotely plausible.

If you're not careful, even your most avid fans might wake up to the fact you're a no-talent hack, and then where will you be?

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