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Liz Cheney + Rachel Maddow: Unholy Totalitarian Matrimony
By - December 12, 2023

Originally published via Armageddon Prose:

I say this tonight, not for the gee whiz factor of me having Liz Cheney here tonight, me having somebody here tonight who you would never expect. I say this not for just the man-bites-dog weirdness of this. I say it because I think, in civic terms, in sort of American citizenship terms, I think it’s really important how much we disagree…
It’s important because that tells you how serious and big something has to be to put us, to put me and Liz Cheney, together on the same side of something in American life.”
-Rachel ‘Madcow’ Maddow, Top Cable News Lesbian

 

Via Forbes:

It was one of the most unusual interviews in Rachel Maddow’s long tenure at MSNBC: former Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, who joined Maddow on set Monday night.’”

Transcript via Mediaite:

“RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC HOST: So the book is called ‘Oath and Honor: A Memoir and A Warning’. Its author is former Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.

Liz Cheney, wow, thanks for being here.

LIZ CHENEY, AUTHOR, “OATH AND HONOR: A MEMOIR AND A WARNING”: Thank you.

MADDOW: It’s nice to meet you.

CHENEY: Really nice to meet you.

MADDOW: Is this as weird for you as it is for me?

CHENEY: It’s pretty weird, yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

CHENEY: It certainly is. Your intro brought back a lot of memories. And but — but I think that it just is a real symbol of how grave this danger is.

But I also — I was thinking as I was watching it, the power of the fact that somebody who is where you are in the political spectrum and somebody who is where I am on the political spectrum are able to say, this is a five-alarm fire and we have put that aside and be able to say, what are we going to do to come together to save the republic?

MADDOW: Yeah, the fights that we, I think, righteously and in good faith and vehemently could have together —

CHENEY: Yeah.

MADDOW: — can wait.

CHENEY: Right.

MADDOW: If — it’s — because part of what we’re defending is our —

(CROSSTALK)

CHENEY: But I would like a rain check to come back and have those fights.

MADDOW: Oh, yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

(CROSSTALK)

MADDOW: We could do like a day on abortion —

CHENEY: Okay.

MADDOW: — a day on mining, a day on fishing.

CHENEY: National security. Right, right.

MADDOW: National — several days on national security.

CHENEY: Right.”

MSNBC flirting with hardcore porn featuring middle-aged lesbians is really unbecoming stuff.

They might as well just scissor each other right there on national television on a specially designed bedroom set for the performance: Cheney biting the pillow and running her hair through Maddow’s alpha-male crew cut, stiff with top-shelf hair gel, before Rachel pulls out “Big Blackie” — the affectionate term for her truncheon-sized strap-on reserved for only the most special of occasions — for Liz’s prison-style initiation ritual into The Alternative Lifestyle Club.

“Once you go black, you never go back,” Maddow’ll grin subversively from ear to ear. Then she’ll slip it in, as it were, to much fanfare from a cooing Liz, Rachel’s brand-new life partner/bottom bitch.

Politics, strange bedfellows, etc.

 

What degenerate exhibition we have here is the perfect microcosm of the shifting political fault lines as the old “left”/”right” paradigm becomes increasingly obsolete.

Of course, I still use the terms “left” and “right” as convenient shorthand for “globalist, corporate would-be totalitarians and their NPC minions” and “normal people,” respectively.

On the “left,” we have the likes of D.C. suburbanite/Manhattanite Swamp elites Cheney and Maddow — at superficial first glance, ideological opponents but, in reality, kissing cousins on the political spectrum — who populate the permanent administrative state (sometimes called the “Deep State”).

It’s the “Big Club” George Carlin described — “and you ain’t in it.”

 

On the “right,” we have me, and you, and probably everyone you know or ever will know.

They’re still useful as shorthand. But, with time, “left” and “right” are more and more untethered from their original intended meanings.

Here is their etymological origin, via Britannica:

“The origin of the left/right political axis is generally dated to 1789, when the French National Assembly met in Versailles. During the several days of this meeting, the legislators who upheld revolutionary values tended to group themselves on the left of the assembly, while those who supported the monarchy were grouped on the right. This helped establish a persistent association between the left and revolutionary values, which tended toward egalitarianism, and between the right and traditionalist or hierarchical values.”

So why, one might ask, do we persist in using terms invented in the 18th century to describe a very particular political dichotomy present in revolutionary France and assume it holds water in the 21st-century West at large?

Elon Musk, in a recent X/Twitter Spaces conversation regarding Alex Jones’ reinstatement to the platform, offered an alternative dichotomy:

“This right-left is the wrong way to think about it. It’s the sort of, extinctionists vs. the pro-humans. And once you see that it’s extinctionists vs. the pro-humans, then it becomes very clear.”

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