We've reached the inevitable portion of the creepy 'ban gas stoves' trial balloon firestorm in which lefties -- including much of the media -- insist that this is all a weird fever dream of right-wingers. It's the familiar two-step: The thing conservatives noticed is actually not happening. But if and when it is happening, it's actually good. This happens to be gaslighting involving literal gas.
Incredible stuff, all from the same newspaper, published over the span of a few short days this week:
4 stories from Washington Post in a 2 day period:— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) January 13, 2023
1. No one is coming after gas stoves
2. Republicans are just making gas stoves an issue to wage culture war
3. Why regulators are banning gas stoves
4. Why banning gas stoves is good actually pic.twitter.com/ED8NY8uHzV
It's not happening, and these weird Republicans are 'thrusting' a made-up culture war, and here's why regulators suggested doing the made-up thing, and it actually may be important for public health to do the made-up, thrusted culture war thing. Got it? Nate Hochman's thread demonstrates how progressives are trying to pretend conservatives are crazy paranoiacs for noticing and objecting to something quite a few progressives have proposed and endorsed. Out loud:
Then, of course, conservatives made the mistake of reading those headlines, and it began to look like a potential bad-PR situation for the Biden administration. The pivot was seamless. Snopes fact-checked the claim as "false," echoing the claims of the CPSC chair himself. pic.twitter.com/r6KDebKyhx— Nate Hochman (@njhochman) January 12, 2023
Then, the final version of this argument: The question of whether or not the gas-stove ban is happening is actually irrelevant; the real problem is that conservatives are making a big deal out of it. Really, this was all just another part of the right-wing "culture war." pic.twitter.com/KPBvLSl2Ys— Nate Hochman (@njhochman) January 12, 2023
The 'culture war' memo clearly went out -- based on this wild framing that conservatives are somehow the aggressors here. And yet, here's a new piece in the New York Times just today:
Good morning. pic.twitter.com/k3TlcuH2JT— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) January 13, 2023
The 'non-existent, but also vital' pattern seems familiar, doesn't it?
CRT isn’t being taught in schools, but when it is, that’s progress.— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) January 12, 2023
Gender/sexual isn’t being taught to first-graders, but ensuring that it’s not being taught is dangerous.
No one is talking about banning gas stoves, except those public officials who are, and good for them.
I'll leave you with an MSNBC host musing that right-wing practitioners of this 'culture war' don't really mean it. It's a bit he says. But oh by the way, gas stoves "gotta go:"
Not sure I disagree with this assessment:
See, I think it’s worse than that. I think he can’t imagine anyone disagreeing, and so assumes that the disagreement must be schtick. I think he earnestly believes that the only reasonable response is to say, “oh, okay then.” They can’t see how ridiculous they are.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 13, 2023
Please go with this sort of sneering, lefties:
The gas stove people act so deranged on here because there is a whole identity and status built around it being elite and foodie and chefy. But it turns out it's not just bad for climate and not just bad for your own health but also objectively worse at cooking than induction.— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) January 12, 2023