Overall, the media’s been pretty nice about the death of former President George H.W. Bush, although Bush Derangement Syndrome has caused some unforced errors, like the New York Times retelling a debunked anecdote from 1992 to make Bush look stupid and out-of-touch. And then there’s Vox, reminding us that Bush was accused of groping eight women.
Media Matters alumnus Oliver Willis is already getting ready for the next time a prominent Democrat dies, when conservatives will make classless remarks — just like conservatives rioted when Mitt Romney lost in 2012 or the GOP lost the House in 2018.
Conservatives pretending to be angry about how some people are talking about HW are totally going to be respectful when the next major Democratic pol passes, right? Yeah, okay. pic.twitter.com/xbMUbVSfpK
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) December 1, 2018
Remember how thoughtful Willis was when Charles Krauthammer announced he had terminal abdominal cancer and only weeks to live? We do.
death doesnt make a very bad guy a good guy
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 8, 2018
Yeah, we will be totally respectful, just to piss him off by being the better people.
Yes. They will be respectful.
— Angus T. Kirk (@angusparvo) December 1, 2018
— Tom G Stark❌ (@TomStark913) December 1, 2018
Yes, this particular conservative will be respectful, even if it just means remaining silent.
— H.P. Loveshaft (@HLoveshaft) December 1, 2018
Don’t project all y’all’s shittiness onto us
— JonO (@buginmyeye) December 1, 2018
The thing is, conservatives can actually separate, say, a president from the presidency and maintain respect for both, even through disagreements. If we recall, it was a lefty college professor who celebrated Barbara Bush’s death and couldn’t wait for the rest of her family, especially her husband, to die. (We’d love to see her thoughts on President Bush’s death, but she’s since protected her account.)
That says more about you than you might realize.
— Brian Lewis (@bxlewi1) December 1, 2018
Your mistake is assuming everone else's character is as execrable as your own. Hint: you're in the anchor position on that one.
— Jason Hamby (@IPAzRGR8) December 1, 2018
Man with zero principles projects his failings on to others pic.twitter.com/KLTOkdrJYP
— Nate the Boxing Day Farie (@gafolicious) December 1, 2018
So to absolve your own side, you just have to imagine people on the other side doing the same thing. Brilliant!
— Burn It All Down (@TimHaas70) December 1, 2018
You should probably meet more conservatives.
— John Hornbuckle (@JohnRHornbuckle) December 1, 2018
Alright Pauline Kael. Here's the difference between right and left: when Obama was elected I said " Congratulations." When Trump was elected y'all went: pic.twitter.com/1SrpvT4hzV
— Lola (@lovelalola) December 1, 2018
What a magnificent turd you are. Really takes talent.
— Joe Leamon (@Joseph_Leamon) December 1, 2018
I will not celebrate when either Clinton or Obama dies. I might say nothing, but I would never do worse than that. Being human is not really that hard.
— J.G. Alt (@nycconservative) December 1, 2018
When Jimmy Carter dies I definitely don’t expect nearly as many hot takes, no
— RobertTLongway (@RobertTLongway) December 1, 2018
If you mean we will be quietly indifferent, possibly.
— Dwarfclone (@Dwarfclone) December 1, 2018
Wow, now you're playing #Whataboutism with Conservatives that only exist in your imagination
— Scotty Jolly Christmas (@Scottergate) December 1, 2018
Most of them will be.
But you keep kicking that straw man; as they say – punch your own weight, kid.
— Mike the Cool Person (@MikeTatay) December 1, 2018
It's like you don't pay attention to politics. Which is funny because that's your whole schtick.
— Literally An M551 Sheridan (@PhilthyPhil2012) December 1, 2018
So, *nuclear hot takes* are ok because *nuclear hot takes* are in our future?
I don't think I need to dig any deeper into how incredibly dumb that is.
— Joe Themig (@TheMig29) December 1, 2018
When have the vast majority of conservatives not been respectful? The impression I get here on this platform is the common every day Democrat is genuinely happy to the point of glee that Bush is dead. That's a sickness. That mentality is nihilistic.
— blank (@lOlOlOlOIOlO) December 1, 2018
Not everyone is as emotionally stunted as you are.
Good try, though…
— Missile Toes (@Machovell1an) December 1, 2018
Three things conservatives generally don’t do.
Run around in vagina hats.
Get offended by everything.
Mock the dead.
— TaraW (@TaraW500) December 1, 2018
I found the AP headline to be disrespectful and told them so. What happened to when they go low, we go high? His great grandkids are probably hurting, no need to pile on. Once a person is dead, they can’t hear you, but their survivors can. Civility costs us nothing.
— Debra Robbins (@getthept) December 1, 2018
So “when they go low…” that was just an election year thing, right? Thanks for the confirmation.
— Independent Mark (@malavemark) December 1, 2018
In other words, "Can I pre-emptively be a piece of shit now?" You pretended to like McCain, you'll pretend to like HW next week, and you'll forget calling Dubbya a Nazi when he passes. Media is phony AF.
— ?Sportsball Politics⚾️ (@sportsballpol) December 1, 2018
How about just don't be a prick https://t.co/uAtmdH0hoK
— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) December 1, 2018
REPULSIVE: Oliver Willis is ALREADY dancing on Charles Krauthammer's grave (and digging his OWN) https://t.co/pUnqjRxDgY
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 8, 2018