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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-03-11 03:36 PM
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11. "Egypt Leaves the Right Crazed and Confused"
http://www.thenation.com/blog/158237/egypt-leaves-right...

The uprising against Hosni Mubarak in Egypt has left the US right wing confused and grasping for talking points: Unlike most political events, the crisis in Egypt cant be neatly hung on one of their us-versus-them frames. Not knowing what side to take, unable to easily tell the good guys from the bad, theyve been suddenly thrown from the comfort of certitude into a slush of self-doubt.

During Irans Green Revolution, less than two years ago, Republicans were livid that Obama wouldnt intervene on the demonstrators behalf to overthrow the Iranian government (even to the point of demanding military action, though anybody with any sense realized that an incursion would have united all Iranians against the United States). Their line back then was 110 percent pro-democracy: "In the cause of freedom America cannot be neutral," Rep. Mike Pence essayed. Obama was a "cream puff," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; hes timid, added old Bomb-bomb-bomb, bomb-bomb Iran John McCain. Charles Krauthammer was boiling over: The president is taking a hands-off attitude instead of standing, as Reagan did in the Polish uprising of 1980, and say we stand with the people in the street who believe in democracy.... it is a disgrace that the United States is not stating it as simply and honestly as that.

Today? The GOP is all over the map: Krauthammer is griping that Obama has stated his support for the people too honestly. It looks as if it was our decision, our pressure, and Im not sure that we want a direct connection between our President and Egypt. Not a word on Egypt from Pence or Rohrabacher; McCain, along with speaker John Boehner and minority leader Mitch McConnell, has decided to go along with Obamas cautious approach.

The most intriguing confusion, though, must be that addling the Tea Party crowd, for whom Muslims are generally a very dangerous them. And yet some TPers cant help but identify with these Muslim protesters, filling Tahrir Square like so many anti-tax rebels tail-gating for Glenn Beck on the Mall. On Fox News a few days ago, a middle-aged man at a tea party gathering in Chicago cheerfully asserted, We need to do what theyre doing in Egypt!
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