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Tue Feb 28, 2012, 10:52 AM

Brooks: "Republican politicians aren't RINOs but Opossums." Let the finger pointing begin.

Like Claude Raines in Casablanca the Republican chattering class is "shocked, just shocked" that the radical Tea Party movement is now devouring the most conservative politicians in the Republican Party.

The Tea Party was like crack cocaine for the Republican Party getting all of its endorphins out at one moment and now comes the problem with addiction and lower and lower returns on their hit.

Now as the Republican establishment wakes up from its year long party of heated hate filled rhetoric they now find that they are on the menu and with Romney's inability to bring home a confirming victory tonight we officially enter the period of 'finger pointing'.

Start us off David:




http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/opinion/brooks-the-possum-republicans.html?_r=1

The wingers call their Republican opponents RINOs, or Republican In Name Only. But that’s an insult to the rhino, which is a tough, noble beast. If RINOs were like rhinos, they’d stand up to those who seek to destroy them. Actually, what the country needs is some real Rhino Republicans. But the professional Republicans never do that. They’re not rhinos. They’re Opossum Republicans. They tremble for a few seconds then slip into an involuntary coma every time they’re challenged aggressively from the right.

Without real opposition, the wingers go from strength to strength. Under their influence, we’ve had a primary campaign that isn’t really an argument about issues. It’s a series of heresy trials in which each of the candidates accuse the others of tribal impurity. Two kinds of candidates emerge from this process: first, those who are forceful but outside the mainstream; second, those who started out mainstream but look weak and unprincipled because they have spent so much time genuflecting before those who despise them.

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Leaders of a party are supposed to educate the party, to police against its worst indulgences, to guard against insular information loops. They’re supposed to define a creed and establish boundaries. Republican leaders haven’t done that. Now the old pious cliché applies:


First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.

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The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2012 #1
grantcart Feb 2012 #3
DJ13 Feb 2012 #2
Cosmocat Feb 2012 #4
BigDemVoter Feb 2012 #5
FredStembottom Feb 2012 #6
grantcart Feb 2012 #7

Response to grantcart (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:13 AM

1. I revel in the misery of that tiresome wanker David Brooks.

His bitter tears are as sweet as honey to me.

Suck on it, Davy. You wanker.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:22 AM

3. The only thing David Brooks is good for is the occassional dressing down of Republicans.


Nothing was more damaging than his constant "give Bush 6 more months in Iraq and it will be fine" bullshit that he ran with for 4 years.

Now he is embarassed at being associated with the Neadrathals in the Republican Party.

Your comment is an insult to good wankers all over the globe.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:19 AM

2. They tremble for a few seconds then slip into an involuntary coma .....

....every time they’re challenged aggressively from the right.



Kinda like many Democrats.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 11:23 AM

4. It is all B S ... Total and complete BULLSPIT

and has been all of 20+ adult years.

end of the day, the republicans protect one thing, and one thing only - the ultra rich.

Their way of doing this is to be in power.

Their way of being in power is to scream as loud as they can about about whatever will get people pissed off or scared, and it change from day to day, and they don't care.

In 90s, it was an endless string of BS about Clinton, and putting this sense of vicimization into people. God, gays and guns, that was all that mattered because the economy was strong, the budget was balancing and we were at peace. Clinton was politicising terrorism for his benefit. Bush was elected to not engage in nation building which was the negative frame for an effective military intervention (like Lybia) in serbia. It also was bad to have a surplus, because you just could not trust the government to have money.

Bush gets elected, and was floundering badly when HE LEFT the greatest national security disaster in our history occur. That of course was somehow Clinton's fault, and all after accusing Clinton of politicizing terrorism, they ... Politicized terrorism to no end to control DC for the next 5 years. They also engaged in the biggest foreign policy debacle in our history - nation building Iraq.

The deficit did not matter for 7 years.

It only started to matter a year before a democrat got elected president. And, of course, the COMMANDER IN CHIEF and you can't criticize a president when troops are in the field BS ended in January of 2009.

Obama got elected, and of course the deficit he did not create but was responsible for was going to destroy the country.

Bush landed on a fricken air craft carrier to announce victory in Iraq prior to nearly a decade of our trying to referee a civil war there, Obama elegantly handled the killing of OBL, and he of course was taking a victory lap.

Now that the economy continues a slug like recovery, the Rs are cycling back to culture wars BS because there is nothing else for them to get any meaningful traction on.

I repeat:

end of the day, the republicans protect one thing, and one thing only - the ultra rich.

Their way of doing this is to be in power.

Their way of being in power is to scream as loud as they can about about whatever will get people pissed off or scared, and it change from day to day, and they don't care.

Jerkoffs like Brooks can do their intellectual BS with one another proudly patting each other on the back for being "PROUD CONSERVATIVES" all they want, but end of the day, this is their party. R ruthless political machine, its only concern to get power and protect the ultra rich.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:48 PM

5. +1

Thanks for your post!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 01:36 PM

6. Excellent! Enjoyable! Now having a great day!

...and your own writing ain't too shabby, grantcart!

"The Tea Party was like crack cocaine for the Republican Party getting all of its endorphins out at one moment and now comes the problem with addiction and lower and lower returns on their hit. "

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Response to FredStembottom (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 04:39 PM

7. Thanks Fred

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