Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:34 AM
DonViejo (17,336 posts)
Denialists, Whiners, and Wackjobs -- There’s more than one way to be a Republican
Denialists, Whiners, and Wackjobs
Nov 18, 2012 10:00 PM EST
There’s more than one way to be a Republican.
by Paul Begala
I used to think Republicans were a monochromatic monolith specializing in Group Think, though without the Think part. The Republicans’ reaction to the reelection of Barack Obama, however, has shown a surprising diversity in GOP thought. At least five distinct -approaches have emerged.
The Vince Lombardi Republicans. Political parties exist to win, this group says. If you don’t win, you can’t enact your agenda, can’t protect your values, can’t advance your cause. The Lombardi Republicans are pragmatic. They saw President Obama win 72 percent of the Latino vote—the fastest-growing segment of the -electorate—and they had a “Ven a Jesús” moment. Right-wing radio and TV personality Sean Hannity, who used to assail even the modest DREAM Act as “amnesty,” now supports a more comprehensive—and dare I say, -liberal—immigration policy. Since the election, Speaker John Boehner has looked with favor on passing immigration reform, and GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is reportedly working with N.Y. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer to fashion an immigration compromise.
The Sour Grapes Republicans. For a movement that aspires to macho stoicism, there sure are a lot of whiny wusses in the GOP these days. I hate whiners. I coach my kids in baseball and basketball, and I have two inviolable rules when they lose: don’t blame the other team and don’t complain about the officials. Sour Grapes Republicans do both. Donald Trump, the village idiot of a city of 8 million, took to Twitter to call President Obama’s reelection “a total sham and a travesty,” to propose a “revolution in this country,” and to allege (falsely) that Obama had lost the popular vote. Clearly, Trump is living proof that hair spray causes brain damage.
The Flat-Earthers. When you listen to Flat Earth Republicans, you’d think they actually won. Karl Rove, the legendary Republican bogeyman, led groups that spent $300 million in opposition to the president and congressional Democrats. Ninety-four percent of that money was spent supporting candidates who lost. Rove’s analysis after the election: “We did good things this year.” Really? It’s not like they spent the money trying to do something truly good, like artificially inseminating zoo pandas or inventing untraceable email so Army generals can make love as well as war. No, Rove spent hundreds of millions and lost bad. That’s an abysmal year. But you wouldn’t know it listening to Flat Earth Karl.
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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:52 AM
Berlum (7,044 posts)
1. Whiney Republican losers are indeed a massive bore
The Chickenhawk Republicans luv to pretend they are tuff.
But then they dodge the draft and avoid service to their country, they weasel their way to the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to dodge the taxes they are obliged to pay to these United States of America, and then they whine like petty 3-year old toddlers when the American electorate confirms that the anti-American ideas, and hypocritical, degenerate toe-tapping, diaper-wearing, greed-grabbing 'values' espoused by Republicans are indeed despicable, and unworthy of a vote from decent, law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of These United States.