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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Republican leaders from around the country are expressing anxiety about their electoral future in the wake of an announcement by straw men and racists that they will form a third party.
The new movement draws its membership both from angry right-wing extremists who were in recent days bravely and astutely exposed by MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann to be racists as well as the straw men who have waged an almost daily battle with the White House over President Obama’s progressive agenda.
After an unsuccessful meeting here to attempt to dissuade these key voting blocs from defecting the GOP, a visibly upset House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) remarked,
Look, we thought we were going to be able to channel all the irrational anger and racial hatred of the extreme right-wing with the perplexing arguments of the imaginary right-wing to achieve a Republican takeover of Congress this November. That’s looking like aÂ long-shotÂ now that two of the pillars of our party have seen fit to abandon us. Frankly, we are just going to have to rally the base we still have– whether it’s the Nazis, the torture-lovers or the abortion doctor assassins– we need their support now more than ever.
Libertarians are about 14 percent of the electorate. Libertarian voters swung away from Bush and the GOP in 2004 and 2006, but in 2008 they swung back, voting for McCain by 71 to 27 percent.
Younger libertarians voted 59 percent for Obama versus 36 percent for McCain. But their enthusiasm for his policies may be short-lived. Younger Americans are an optimistic generation, but easily shaken when things go badly. If unemployment continues to remain weak, an economic issue that disproportionately affects young people, this generation of voters could quickly become disillusioned with Obamaâ€™s policies.
Paul Krugman writes in his column (titled ironically, as Hot Air pointed out, “Paranoia Runs Deep”) for the New York Times:
The state of mind visible at recent right-wing demonstrations is nothing new. Back in 1964 the historian Richard Hofstadter published an essay titled, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” which reads as if it were based on today’s headlines: Americans on the far right, he wrote, feel that “America has been largely taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion.” Sound familiar?
But while the paranoid style isn’t new, its role within the G.O.P. is.
When Hofstadter wrote, the right wing felt dispossessed because it was rejected by both major parties. That changed with the rise of Ronald Reagan: Republican politicians began to win elections in part by catering to the passions of the angry right.
Ronald Reagan has been called all manner of things– an “amiable dunce” dispensing dumb slogans, a shallow-thinking supply-sider indifferent to the poor, etc.– but this one I have not heard.
Paul Krugman thinks Ronald Reagan represents the ascendance of an angry right? What planet has Paul Krugman been living on for the last 30+ years, and why doesn’t he write for their paper instead?
UPDATE: Watch these videos and judge for yourself whether they represent the “angry right.”
UPDATE: (SINCERITY ALERT!): I can barely watch the second video without getting goosebumps and/or choking up.
It's no wonder the values of middle Americans are so troubling and confusing to Democratic Congressmen…
The proportion of Democrats with a net worth less than $0 or greater than $50 million is almost 5 to 1 vs. Republicans.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics,
- 13 Democratic Congressmen have Â a net worth of less than $0 (vs. 2 Republicans)
- 6 Democratic Congressmen have a net worth of more than $50 million (vs. 2 Republicans)
- 6 of the 7 wealthiest Congressmen are Democrats. (The only Republican in the group is Rep. Darrell Issa of California, a self-made businessman and founder of Directed Electronics.)
Look up Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL). His net worth is in the red–Â $(4,732,002), up slightly from 2004. I know the guy’s a crook (only the sixth federal judge to be impeached and removed from office in U.S. history), but what the hell? Maybe he needs to spend a few years in the private sector– I’d recommend a career inÂ concrete toilets or fish sperm freezers; the brilliant industrialists in Congress have been paying some hefty premiums for those.
From the AP, via Breitbart:
After months spent criticizing Democrats’ health overhaul plans, House Republicans have produced a draft proposal of their own. It’s much shorter and focuses on bringing down costs rather than extending coverage to nearly all Americans.
A 230-page draft was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. A spokeswoman for Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said changes were still being made before the bill would be finalized in time to offer as an alternative when Democrats begin floor debate on their bill, possibly at the end of this week.
I still don’t think there’s anything wrong with “Party of No.” But for now I’ll take 88% smaller.
Sounds about right. Via Brainshavings.