Laura Ingraham’s Total Lack of Substance

I listened to this five minute clip from Laura Ingraham’s show as she ranted against Hillary Clinton’s push for early voting and other measures that would make it easier for people to vote and was struck by how utterly vacuous it was. There isn’t a single substantive claim made anywhere in it.

I love her argument that you shouldn’t make it easier for people to vote because that just shows they’re lazy and we shouldn’t want them to vote if they won’t go to all the trouble to do it. Okay Laura, then how about we set up a Super Mario course between your house and the polling place? After all, if you aren’t willing to go through a difficult obstacle course to get to vote, why should we want you to vote? Oh wait, I bet that argument only applies to people who aren’t rich and white like you. My mistake.

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  • alanb

    Aaack! I actually listened to parts of that and it was even more racist than I was expecting.

  • lorn

    I’ve found it interesting, and something of a useful context, to figure out a commentator’s net worth. Hint: A lot of people who imply a middle class background and aesthetic are shockingly rich. Laura Ingram is reported to be worth an estimated 45 million dollars.

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/laura-ingraham-net-worth/

    Based upon her rhetoric, and worth, I assume she would have no problem with a obstacle course placed between her home and the voting booth. As long as she was allowed to have her butler, or select champion, run the course for her.

  • daved

    Her sidekick, whoever he is, mentions Jeb Bush’s purging of the voter rolls in Florida as though this was a good thing. In fact, it got rid of almost no ineligible voters, but did purge lots of eligible voters, and may have been what put Dubya over the top in 2000.

  • scienceavenger

    Ah yes “they” want to vote, but “they” are lazy even though “they” will stand in line for an Ipod or a movie or whatever. Where, anywhere, does she show that all the “they”s are the same people? If you are going to make a “same people” argument, you don’t get to assume the point in question, you have to demonstrate it.

    And her idiot sidekick – what is it with the “where does it end?” arguments for everything? Why 20 days to vote and not 50 or 100? Why a minimum wage of $15/hr and not $100? Why gay marriage and not polygymous cousin weddin? Do they really think these are persuasive? They just make them sound like morons with no understanding of the subject.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    But you see, Ed, rich white people already went through the obstacle course and came out of it rich and white. So it’s perfectly fair that everyone else should have to jump through some hoop to get to vote.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Us Republicans do all this for you to help you not vote and yet you still won’t vote for us!

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    I love her argument that you shouldn’t make it easier for people to vote because that just shows they’re lazy and we shouldn’t want them to vote if they won’t go to all the trouble to do it.

    But the people who can’t be bothered to actually look into the issues or candidates and only vote according to what people like Ingrahams tell them, they’re okay.

  • maddog1129

    Voting day should be a national holiday, too.

  • Hoosier X

    There isn’t a single substantive claim made anywhere in it.

    So I assumed when I saw the name “Laura Ingraham.”

  • llewelly

    What is interesting – and disappointing – is that as it becomes harder and harder to deny the fact that one party benefits substantially from minimizing the number of people who vote, and the other party slowly faces the fact that it needs to maximize the number of people who vote, the people who have been crying “both parties are the same so voting is a scam distracting you from revolution” get louder and more desperate.

    They are very eager to make use of the fact that Hillary, who really is very conservative on economic and foriegn policy issues (but, importnantly, not conservative at all on other issues) is now pushing for much more voting access.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Ah yes “they” want to vote, but “they” are lazy even though “they” will stand in line for an Ipod or a movie or whatever. Where, anywhere, does she show that all the “they”s are the same people?

    Pah! Everyone knows these are the same people who use food stamps to buy prime rib, lobster, champagne and skittles. Then they smoke crack. Hannity told me.

  • marcus

    Fuck Super Mario.

    I could design a much more interesting course for Laura to run.

    It would make your average “Tough Mudder” look like a Sunday afternoon stroll.

    (Does anyone know where I might rent a few crocodiles?)

  • Synfandel

    “I could design a much more interesting course for Laura to run.”

    Like the one in Cube.

  • StevoR

    My “highlights” (if that’s the word) of this :

    “Jeb Bush purged the voting rolls in Florida and threw off all those who didn’t qualify ..

    Plus a whole lot who did qualify as well! Funny how you left that bit out.

    “You can’t have anyone who happens to be wandering through to cast a vote”

    Coz yeah, I’m sure that’s the actual and only alternative!

    Let’s have an unending election campaign ..

    Which would be different from now how exactly? Yegods its only mid 2015 and already it seems like the campaign has been going for months.

    Oh &, y’know maybe it might be a good idea if US politicians like the ones in Australia and elsewhere could call elections when needed to, oh, say, break a political deadlock which has shut the government and much of the country down?

    “The Republicans have lost the last five six, popular votes for Democrats (sic) are going to win the numbers game..

    Nice to see you know it and it fills you with despair – ever thought the way to fix it might not be cheating by rigging the system and instead listening to what the majority of Americans want rather than your shrinking deluded ideologically rabid base?

    Plus bonus points for projection of it being all about race too.