Playing the victim used to be anathema to conservatives. Now it’s part of their playbook. You can thank Sarah Palin for that.
Here’s Palin in June, claiming celebs want to kill her children:
“What would make a celebrity, like you saw on screen, so hate someone that they’d seek their destruction, their death, the death of their children? What would make someone be so full of hate and, I guess, a sense of being threatened that they would want to see that person destroyed?”
Following Palin’s lead, we heard Herman Cain blame those 4:30 a.m. calls to his mistress on the liberal media. Supporters of Michele Bachmann said Fox’s Chris Wallace was sexist because he asked the congresswoman if she was flaky. Tea Party balladeer Hank Williams, meanwhile, demonstrated the same ignorance of the First Amendment shown by many conservatives (see Laura, Dr.) after he was fired from “Monday Night Football” for comparing Obama to Hitler. Wasn’t Bocephus’ fault!
That chorus of victimhood is encouraged by talk radio, which reminds its listeners daily that no one one is more oppressed than rich conservative Christians.
“The Conservative Victim” joins:
- The AT&T Flash Mob Guy
- Fox News dolt Eric Bolling
- The Occupy Dude Who Silenced John Lewis
- Maroon 5’s Adam Levine
- CNN’s Piers Morgan (the source of a horrible, horrible nightmare last night)
- Russells Brand and Simmons
- Rick Perry
- The pundit class
- Lady Gaga
More on them here. Looking back I don’t know how I left out Donald Trump (blame “Moves Like Jagger”), though he’s likely to be every bit as annoying in 2012.