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Janeane Garofalo Says Minorities in GOP Suffer Stockholm Syndrome — Overboard?

Comedian Janeane Garofalo came on Countdown With Keith Olbermann last night to play psychologist. Her subject was Rush Limbaugh and Republicans in general. Her prognosis for Rush? He's a narcissist who also struggles with self-loathing. Keith and Janeane also tried to figure out why Rush only has a 37 percent approval rating among women. She concluded that the type of woman that falls for Rush is exactly like Adolph Hitler's girlfriend. Ouch.

But perhaps, more irreverently, Janeane called out RNC chair Michael Steele as suffering from Stockholm syndrome. She said:

Michael Steele. Who's that black guy in the Republican party who suffers from Stockholm syndrome. Which means you try to curry favor with the oppressor. . . . Any female or person of color in the Republican party is struggling with Stockholm syndrome.

Do you think her sweeping comments went too far?

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Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
I love when blogs use cogent arguments rather then hysterical rants.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
kh6, That was the best reply ever! :encore: Hypno, you're always so open minded and objective. You're also a very intelligent man. I think you'd give Rush a good run. Personally I think he says things I wish he wouldn't have said. Definately Ann Coulter does. She was brought up. Anyway, I just had to point out how perfect that last comment was.
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I really resent the implication that just because I'm a female I should be a ragging feminist. I believe that the amount of success you achieve is directly related to how good you are at what you do and how hard you work. It has nothing to do with gender. She has a serious victim complex and I can't believe this interview actually took place with him agreeing with everything she said!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I think Janeane's description of Rush as (the oppressor) is a little ridiculous. First of all why on earth give him that much power when the fact of the matter is Rush's opinions are no different than most other solid conservatives. I think the problem at least for liberals and radical minded fringe groups is that Rush is extremely intelligent and intellectual armed with with arsenal of words and a sword for a tongue and he knows how to use it. You don't debate Rush unless you're on your game and if you're not he will get you and make a fool out of you. This is the problem my liberal minded brothers & sisters have with Rush, he makes us look foolish and does it so well but he is no oppressor give me a break.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
i think its so funny when people assume that because your a "minoirity" than you have to be a democrat, isnt that same kind of ignorance and oppressive thinking that dems knock republicans for?
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
That "religious right" thing is driving me crazy. I'm worried that someone took it wrong. I wasn't meaning it that it was bad or wrong. But I read the thing again and it does sound like I'm saying there is something bad about the religous right. I shouldn't have even used that term. Curse me and my stupid lack of tact brain.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
:rotfl: :rollers: :)
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Oh yeah, blame it on a guy, hartsfull :rotfl:
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
It's so hard to be clear on these things sometimes. Hubby keeps comin here where's this, that? Yatta yatta.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
The key word Ladychaos used IS assumed. Garofalo assumed the worst AND of all (R)'s. But Lady, now we're going to shoot in several directions with this because what you're talking about is the religious right being against gay marriage and other taboo things (which are?). Not all republicans are of the religious right. I'm not myself, however the religious right is concerned with morals and frankly what's wrong with keeping morals? I'm just saying as a non-religious republican I understand their point of view. It may not be my point of view. But those who have a different one aren't "against" me and vice versa. Blah! I started to say a bunch more stuff but I just went off topic.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
No it's not Grandpa and I hate to see all Republicans dragged into this, but in Rush's case you can't expect to say the thing he does and not get called out for it. The only bad thing is that she makes other people who hate Rush look bad too. I really don't want people to get the idea she's representing my views.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Bad behavior is not excused by someone else’s bad behavior.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Thank goodness for Janeane Garofalo. She sees ignorance and hatred on the right and decides it's her calling to match it with ignorance and hatred from the left.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
But think about it: how open minded are you if you are against people living lifestyles different than yours. The assumed stance of a Conservative is that they are against homosexuality as well as other things that are taboo in their own belief systems. Who's to say their opinions on how people live are right? With that being said, I'm assuming this is what she was referring to with her statement about the neuroscience.
stephley stephley 8 years
:) gaucho
gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
Michael Steele be the man
stephley stephley 8 years
"I guess freedom of speech truly applies to only liberals, since people like Don Imus they force to resign, but hey." Imus isn't a conservative host, he hates Limbaugh and mocks conservative hosts regularly. Limbaugh hasn't been taken off the air, Coulter's still working - so who's being persecuted?
babaloo babaloo 8 years
She's entitled to her opinions. But her statement: "You cannot be well adjusted, open-minded, pluralistic, enlightened and be a Republican. It's counterintuitive", is stereotypical. Offensive even. Much like when I refer to her as an idiot and a moron.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
With the crap Rush says I don't feel bad about anything anyone says about him.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Just referencing recent history.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
But people like Don Imus are forced to step down. It's not just for the sake of arguing, it's a valid point.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Acutally I think the person who made the comment about freedom of speech made it very clear that it was for everyone even people we disagree with..... lets not argue for the sake of arguing. "regarding the poll, I'd say that she can say whatever she wants and of course many can agree or disagree with her pov. "
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
When I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.'
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"I don’t know if you heard me talking to Jenny a while ago, but I was saying that first you have to be an asshole and then comes the conservatism. You gotta be a dick to cleave onto their ideology."
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I guess freedom of speech truly applies to only liberals, since people like Don Imus they force to resign, but hey.
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