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David G
03-19-2015, 09:50 AM
It's clear that Republicans detest having Obama as president. Partly that's because he's more liberal than they. Partly because they're grippingly aware of the demographics that suggest it'll be difficult for them to win the presidency back any time soon. And sure, for some, there's a racial component.

But is all about Obama? Maybe not --

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/19/republicans_private_terror_why_they_despise_the_mo dern_american_state_and_embrace_fanaticism/

George Jung
03-19-2015, 10:41 AM
Interesting assessment - and I'd say, spot-on. Unbelievable, to me, how pathologic the Republicans have become. I've a BIL, Repub/Texan, who literally gets a glazed look and almost rabid, talking politics - and he's an otherwise decent, honest guy. We're thinking of doing an intervention.

Norman Bernstein
03-19-2015, 10:48 AM
Outstanding article.

While I can see Chris Mathhew's points, it is perhaps a shallow analyisis.... these two paragraphs are more to the point, perhaps:


This is the party of Georgia boy Newt Gingrich, who dismissed Kansas Sen. Robert Dole, an old-school Robert Taft Republican, as “a tax collector for the welfare state (http://www.newrepublic.com/blog/timothy-noah/100111/doles-sweet-revenge).” It’s the party of Tennessee’s Martha Blackburn (http://thinkprogress.org/media/2013/10/01/2706981/gop-congresswoman-and-fox-news-cheer-government-shutdown/), a House member who hailed the 2013 government shutdown because it would show Americans “they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed.” It’s the party of Joe Wilson, the South Carolina congressman who shouted “You lie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgce06Yw2ro)!” at President Obama during a 2009 speech, and of former Texas governor Rick Perry, who peppers his speeches with references to secession (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2GEz6KczVM) and “states’ rights.” This Republican Party shows little interest in the norms that have defined American politics because it has only contempt for the state those norms are designed to sustain.

Full of scorn for their own government, the ideologues who control today’s GOP feel free to disregard any limitation on their pursuit of conservative purity. The letter to Iran, and the invitation to Netanyahu, merely enact this principle in the realm of foreign affairs. The real concern of the Tea Party isn’t the modern American state, which it despises, but its own hermetic vision of the conservative “cause”– a cause that transcends national boundaries. Its adherents find it easier to cooperate with the leader of Israel’s Likud Party than with their Democratic colleagues in the American Congress. Tom Cotton’s dispatch to Tehran — or something like it — was the inevitable outcome of the process set in motion by Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. We should expect more of the same in the future.

Canoeyawl
03-19-2015, 11:18 AM
Interesting assessment - and I'd say, spot-on. Unbelievable, to me, how pathologic the Republicans have become. I've a BIL, Repub/Texan, who literally gets a glazed look and almost rabid, talking politics - and he's an otherwise decent, honest guy. We're thinking of doing an intervention.

Just medicate him...

There's a special drug for Rabid Texan Syndrome - Lysergic acid diethylamide
Should make short work of it.

skuthorp
03-19-2015, 03:44 PM
bump, 'cause it's worth more attention than it's gotten so far.

S.V. Airlie
03-19-2015, 04:25 PM
AQnd yet, the tea partiers drive on nice, paved roads following a plow to get to their protests about big gov. Go figure!

Osborne Russell
03-19-2015, 04:26 PM
. . . the ideologues who control today’s GOP feel free to disregard any limitation on their pursuit of conservative purity . . .

And so must inevitably come into conflict with the fact that the United States is a constitutional republic of limited powers and an assertion of natural rights. When they go tribal they leave America.


The real concern of the Tea Party isn’t the modern American state, which it despises, but its own hermetic vision of the conservative “cause”– a cause that transcends national boundaries.

We have incubated this mutant spawn in our own nursery.