Have you ever gone swimming, and gotten water in your ears? Ever had it just stay there for 30 minutes or so…just long enough to forget about it? Until, that is, the bubble of liquid blockage randomly bursts, and suddenly every sound in the world slams into your brain in one, blinding moment of breathtaking clarity. Birdsong, cricket chirps, leaves rustling and wind in the trees; every sound you forgot you weren’t hearing overwhelms your senses in a single, orgasmic cascade of reality. And, in that one, brief moment of absolute lucidity you realize: You just spent half an hour…as a Republican.
Yes, the world of the Republican is a pretty quiet place, in terms of outside input getting through. Sure, they can hear the loudest screams directed at them, within certain frequencies ranges — which scientists have come to collectively call the Coulter-O’Reilly Spectrum. But, in terms of factual input, the conservative reality bubble is as generally quiet as any sensory deprivation chamber.
All the better to hear the voices in your head…or elevator music, as it were.
In this segment, Bill Maher has brought into his studio a Typical Republican (Bob Sprayman, a systems analyst from Irvine, California), and attempts to communicate to him through the Conservative Reality Bubble of Silence. Keith Olbermann assists, but to no avail. The Republican Reality Bubble is thick enough to withstand assault from even the most irrefutable of facts. Like…
BILL: “Maybe he just never heard that taxes are actually at their lowest level in 50 years. Lower! Under Obama I say, LOWER!”
KEITH: “Not only that, but it’s a fact that most of the current deficit is due to Bush spending and policies, not Obama’s…because Bush started wars and cut taxes at the same time, which is something no one’s ever tried…Bob?”
BILL: “Reagan raised taxes! RAISED TAXES! Eleven times, raised taxes!”
KEITH: “And tripled the debt.”
BILL: “Social security until…” he was likely going to say 2037, though Bob’s elevator music interrupted.
KEITH: Obamacare is in no way ‘government takeover’ of healthcare…in fact, it forces people to become customers of private insurance companies.”
BILL: “The debt ceiling is about money we already spent! ALREADY SPENT!”
Keith brings it in with a last-ditch Hail Mary pass to penetrate the bubble:
Unfortunately, tthough, Bob’s Reality Bubble remained intact, in spite of the assault. Because, like water trapped in the ears, the real Conservative Reality Bubble isn’t something others can see…
It’s all in your head.