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October 16, 2005

When Wingnuts Crave Attention ...

By Pepper of the Daily Pepper

It isn't pretty. Neil Boortz, a conservative talk-show host, doesn't get the kind of spotlight that Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter do. He doesn't even rank up there with Michael Savage. About all he's got going for him is a last name that translates rather well into a verb. "Boortz you!" could be a hefty insult if delivered with the right amount of gusto.

So what is a poor wingnut to do when he's not feeling the love? Blogenfreude at Agitprop writes: "Right wing radio host Neal Boortz recently suggested that, in the event of another Katrina or terrorist attack, we 'save the rich people first.' Boortz thinks this is a good idea because the rich are so obviously 'responsible for this prosperity.' "

Well, if Boortz wanted to win the Wingnut Sweepstakes, he's doing a mighty fine job. He goes into territory that some wingnuts might not tread. Because most wingnuts wouldn't be invited on that mysterious Rich People Spaceship that Boortz clearly believes is being built somewhere in the Utah desert.

Media Matters has the full transcript here, but the following lines from Boortz sum up his views:

Well, hell, yes, we should save the rich people first. You know, they're the ones that are responsible for this prosperity. I mean, you go out there and you look at this vast sea of evacuees, OK? You want to get an economy going in some city? Well, who you gonna take back? The people who own businesses? Or the people that sit around waiting to get their minimum wage job, work 'til Friday, get a paycheck and then not show up again until the following Wednesday? Come on. Just put a little logical thought into this, folks.

Well, Boortz him! "Logical" my foot! The whole spiel is worth reading, and the audio clip that Media Matters provides is even better. In it, you can hear Boortz get unusually excited about strangling a goose, and you can groove to the strange pseudo-disco that he uses for his transitions.

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Boortz makes Bennett look like a cheap imitation, IMHO.

Posted by: Blogenfreude | Oct 16, 2005 5:13:58 PM

You gotta wonder how Boortz thinks the rich got rich in the first place. The wealthy built their wealth on the backs of labor. As Abraham Lincoln said:

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

Labor (the poor) can and did exist without capital (the wealthy). Capital, on the other hand, cannot exist without labor. Hence, labor is quite clearly, as Lincoln said, more important than capital.

Posted by: exgop | Oct 16, 2005 7:03:37 PM

Piling on, it's worth noting that while Boortz spews the usual twaddle about how the rich create prosperity through hard work and creativity, his own career seems to be limited to lawyering and the talk show gig. I mean, talk about your parasitic castes....

Posted by: sglover | Oct 16, 2005 7:26:46 PM

Granted, there's a good reason why Boortz isn't on the Wurlitzer A-list. You don't proclaim "save the rich first" to a crowd whose best chance at one of those lifeboat seats is through the state lottery.

Posted by: Dustbin Of History | Oct 16, 2005 7:38:09 PM

Ezra keeps linking to his girlfriend.

Posted by: Adaste | Oct 16, 2005 9:58:48 PM

" "Boortz you!" could be a hefty insult if delivered with the right amount of gusto."

As an advocate and utilizer of invective I think not. It lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi". On the other hand "Get Boortzed" could be delivered with an extra boost of brio to add to your gusto.

Posted by: Bruce Webb | Oct 16, 2005 10:46:23 PM

He's been on the conservative AM station here since I can remember. They like him so much, they put him on live in the morning. I find him much harder to listen to than Limbaugh, even. It just goes to show you, hardcore Libertarians (what he claims to be) are even crazier than hardcore Republicans.

Posted by: Ali | Oct 17, 2005 12:55:37 AM

Yeah, Neil is Atlanta's gift to the world of wingnut radio. He was there first at the big 50Kw station, WSB. Later they added Sean Hannity and last summer picked up Michael Savage. If they didn't have Clark Howard and UGA football, I'd never listen to them at all. And Clark's been drifting rightward these days.

About a year ago I turned on Boortz for lack of anything else to hear. Within ten minutes I heard him say he regards liberals as a bigger threat to his material well-being than terrorists. If I wasn't before...

Posted by: jackd | Oct 17, 2005 4:15:20 PM

The guy just collaborated on a book that was #1 on the NYT best-seller list in August and you're claiming that he's having to scrape for attention? Do you people ever do even a modicum of research before reacting via emotion?

Posted by: RW | Oct 18, 2005 8:46:42 AM

RW did it have an asterix? Yes or no. If if you don't know the meaning of an asterix on the NYT best-seller list than shame on you.

It means bulk sales in the selected stores that make up the sample. The Right does this each and every time. They invest a couple of grand and give the books away to Young Republicans at whatever booze-fest they cook up. How is it selling now? Compared to the actual rate that Bill's or Hillary's sold?

FairTax is sitting at 163 at Buy.com and available at $14.37, over ten dollars off list. Not exactly Harry Potter territory, but knock yourself out Fair Tax: Co-Authored by Right Wing Loon John Linder

Posted by: Bruce Webb | Oct 18, 2005 10:42:21 AM

I'm not aware that it had any asterisks (it's currently #21 on the NYT best-seller list and shows none that I can see) but Talking point response number one is duly noted.

While we're asking questions, do you know what "anecdotal" means, Bruce, and the place it has in an actual discussion? Did you know that the Republican party (in general) is running away from the fair tax almost as quickly as the Democrats?

And if you don't think that Bill & Hillary's books had asterisks......

Posted by: RW | Oct 18, 2005 12:39:17 PM

Suppose you *did* only have the opportunity to save a few people in a given situation? Who would it then make sense to save?

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