Double standards are a constant incivility of the right; in fact, I would say it's the engine that drives their movement. The Tea Party's motto should be "Rights and privileges for me, but not for thee." Their rationale is always that they clearly deserve all the advantages, but other people, who are clearly inferior (no proof needed; bigotry will do), deserve nothing.
Take, for instance, the tendency of Republicans to make fun of Obama for using a teleprompter by reading those jokes off teleprompters. Rick Scott took this double standard to a whole new level recently by acknowledging that's exactly what he was doing:
That was exactly what Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) did to kick off the Florida straw poll on Saturday. TPM reports that Scott read his remarks from a set of teleprompters at the podium, including this jab (which was underlined in his script to emphasize the joke): “I have to admit, I was a little nervous When I looked out here. I saw all the TV cameras and a teleprompter. I figured President Obama must be here – giving another speech about raising taxes!”
The message of jokes about Obama using a teleprompter is, "Obama is stupid." Being able to speak without one is used as a measure of intelligence, and it's sold to an audience that doesn't engage in public speaking very much, which allows the audience to laugh and feel superior, without ever actually having to prove their own self-assurance that they could make flowing, articulate speeches with nary a note to guide them. But how does that explain all the Republicans who straight up read a teleprompter, even while making fun of Obama for doing so?
Well, having spent plenty of time around wingnuts and reading their self-rationalizations, I would say that their reasoning is, "That's different. They don't need the teleprompter; it's just a tool for them. But he's dependent on it." The evidence for this is crickets, of course, since both Obama and the people making jokes about him use the teleprompter at equal rates.
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