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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:03 PM

Michael Tomasky: Deluded Republican Reformers


As Iíve written many times, the conventional view of whatís wrong with the GOP gets at only a portion of the truth. When The New York Times or Politico does such a story, the story inevitably focuses on policy positions. Immigration. Same-sex marriage. Climate change. Tinker with these positions, several sages are quoted as saying, and the GOP will be back in the game.

God knows, policy positions are a problem. But they are not the problem. The problem is that the party is fanaticalóa machine of rage, hate, and resentment. People are free to scoff and pretend it isnít so, but I donít think honest people can deny that weíve never seen anything like this in the modern history of our country. Thereís a symbiosis of malevolence between the extreme parts of the GOP base and Washington lawmakers, and it is destroying the Republican Party. Thatís fine with me, although I am constantly mystified as to why itís all right with the people Iím talking about. But itís also destroying the country and our democratic institutions and processes, which is not fine with me.

The party can change all the positions it wants, but until people stand up and yell ďStop!Ē to this fanaticism, it wonít mean anything. In fact, the problems feed into each other, because the idea that todayís Republican Party can change its stripes on same-sex marriage or immigration is absurd, and it is absurd precisely because of the rage and fanaticism Iím talking about, much of which is directed at brown people and gay people. Such a party cannot change its stripes on these issues until the mindset and world view are changed.


We all know the problem. Itís Rush Limbaugh and his imitators and Roger Ailes and his network. They drive this hatred daily, and they intentionally misinform and lie; you think itís an accident that polls always find Fox viewers the least connected to empirical reality? Pushing this fury and constructing this alternate reality is great for business. But itís horrible for America. And the ďseriousĒ conservative pundits by and large try to pretend it doesnít exist, or itís not that bad, or MSNBC does the same thing in reverse. Well, it does exist, it is that bad, and no, MSNBC does not do the same thing in reverse. MSNBC has an agenda, but it doesnít craft its messages in such a way as to make it viewers hate half the country.


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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 03:59 PM

1. interestingly, yesterday on Hardball...

....Tweety was asking his panel if the propagandists really believe what they spew or if they are just lying for profit and power. He hoped that they really believe it, he said. He doesn't want to think that it is what it is; what Tomasky calls it.

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