It was an earlier September 11th, back in 1970, when Nixon’s vice-president Spiro Agnew let loose his alliterative “nattering nabobs of negativity.” It helped launch the so-called Moral Majority, which morphed into the belligerent Tea Party, which shouted Donald Trump into our lives.
Thing is, Republicans have long-been their own nattering nabobs of negativity. It’s the only thing they do! They deliberately didn’t cooperate with anything President Obama politely posed. They stopped our government from working at all, then blamed the malaise on Obama. They’re good at unrelenting ridicule.
But not much else.
Now they go after “crooked Hillary Clinton,” obsessing over small matters and forcing the untrustworthy mantra. Detail is lacking. They just use innuendo and accusation so much, some with irate anger eagerly jump onto their hate wagon, egged on by their con-man candidate hinting at gun violence.
Agnew went on from that historic quote to say these nabobs were forming a sort of 4-H club: the ‘hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.’ He must have been a prescient vice president, except it’s nattering Republican nabobs who have come to embody these very traits.