A Walking Stereotype Of Self-Indulgence.

by: canadian gal

Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 21:40:20 PM EDT



(cross posted at kickin it with cg)

If you are a Republican its been a busy week. First, David Frum weighed in on everyone's favourite political analyst Rush Limbaugh and basically... tore him a new one...

On the one side, the president of the United States: soft-spoken and conciliatory, never angry, always invoking the recession and its victims. This president invokes the language of "responsibility," and in his own life seems to epitomize that ideal: He is physically honed and disciplined, his worst vice an occasional cigarette. He is at the same time an apparently devoted husband and father. Unsurprisingly, women voters trust and admire him.

And for the leader of the Republicans? A man who is aggressive and bombastic, cutting and sarcastic, who dismisses the concerned citizens in network news focus groups as "losers." With his private plane and his cigars, his history of drug dependency and his personal bulk, not to mention his tangled marital history, Rush is a walking stereotype of self-indulgence - exactly the image that Barack Obama most wants to affix to our philosophy and our party. And we're cooperating! Those images of crowds of CPACers cheering Rush's every rancorous word - we'll be seeing them rebroadcast for a long time.

Oh snap.  

Some conservatives felt Frum's piece didn't go far enough.  

"He plays an important role in our coalition, and of course he and his supporters have to be treated with respect. But he cannot be allowed to be the public face of the enterprise..."

Respect your closet cases, if you want to.  As long as you need the yahoos, you won't be able to hide them.

David, you are capable of better political strategy than this.  How about open disavowal of the yahoos and an attempt to make the GOP into something relevant to America's future, rather than a refuge for plutocrats and snake-handling fundamentalists.

The GOP, like the Liberals, have tarnished their brand for at least a decade.  You need to write off the true believers who think you lost because you were betrayed, or that the last election was a vast con job, and try to reestablish contact with the American people.

Heh.

Then if that weren't enough RNC Chairman Michael Steele declared that abortion is an "individual choice."  

L: How much of your pro-life stance, for you, is informed not just by your catholic faith, but by the fact that you were adopted?

M: Oh, a lot. Absolutely. I see the power of life in that. I mean, and the power of choice! The thing to keep in mind about it, uh, you know, I think as a country we get off on these misguided conversations that throw around terms that really misrepresent truth.

L: Explain that.

M: The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.

L: Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?

M: Yeah. I mean, again, I think that's an individual choice.

L: You do?

M: Yeah. Absolutely.

L: Are you saying you don't want to overturn Roe v. Wade?

M: I think Roe v. Wade--as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.

L: Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have?

M: The states should make that choice: that's what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.

Wow.

If you missed SNL this past weekend - here's a bit of awesomeness that you should be sure to check out (not sure if the clip works - damn Canadian IP)

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tips for GOPtasticness! (2.00 / 6)


"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

Steele stuck his foot in it again. (2.00 / 6)
He'll be raked over the coals by the wingnuts for those statements about abortion.

This is not a recession. It's a robbery.

you're right... (2.00 / 3)
and that's sad and telling to the state of affairs to the conservative movement.

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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Steele also has two big tests coming up: (2.00 / 2)
the NY-20 special election and the reporting of the February fundraising numbers.  If either, or both, go poorly he's sunk.  Is it possible we might get whites-only club members Katon Dawson as a replacement?

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette

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I smell the death of the GOP as we know it, and it smells like Tasy BBQ! (2.00 / 3)
That SNL clip is the bomb!

Meghan McCain just got me so riled up I had to break my diary drought.  I finally understand what the GOP has been doing: it's called "Death throes".

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Arrogance, thy name is GOP.... (2.00 / 4)


Many of my conservative friends (2.00 / 5)
will make the argument that the Left is "just as bad" as the Right. But it's difficult to make that case when we have no Rush Limbaugh. Jon Stewart is the closest analogy, but we don't treat him like a teacher and a Progressive leader.

No, there are some fundamental differences between both sides, and I think foremost among them is conformity. In that, the SNL skit nails it completely.


hey... (2.00 / 1)
maybe i am naive - but i think steele is doing what is best for the GOP's future.  being honest trying to widen their tent.  if rolly polly wins this struggle - that will literally be the end of the republican party.

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

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Yep (2.00 / 3)
in a weird way, I am rooting for Steele. While I doubt I'll ever agree with his positions, anyone who can make the Right less toxic is ok in my book. It's unfortunate that his buffoonery-to-action ratio is so high.

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BTA ratios... (2.00 / 3)
man, that's a keeper...

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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When they tell you why your " just as bad" I'm thinking (2.00 / 2)
they have nothing left to say. The GOP is out idea's.

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Just saw this at DailyKos. (2.00 / 3)
According to Ben Smith over at Politico...

I am pro-life, always have been, always will be.

I tried to present why I am pro life ... The strength of the pro life movement lies in choosing life .. the Republican Party is and will continue to be the party of life. I support our platform and its call for a Human Life Amendment.

Didn't take long to walk back.  Must have gotten a call from Rush.

"When Fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in teh stupid and waving a gun" ~ Esteev on Wonkette


Who? (2.00 / 2)
Me?


Just because they are posting on a progressive site doesn't make them progressives. - John Allen

There were a couple of moments that I had a bit of respect (2.00 / 2)
for Mr Steele. When he stood up to Limpbag for 51 minutes. When he said that he believed in a woman's right to choose for a half a day. And then when he said that gay people had no more choice over their sexuality than black people had over their color. I can't remember how long it took him to take that back.

Too bad.

I am years behind and decades ahead. ~ Somebody else, I am certain


Oh, give the guy a break (2.00 / 3)
he withstood Rush for almost an hour! Moses caved to the Burning Bush almost immediately!

=)


[ Parent ]
Heh (2.00 / 1)
I here Limpbag has a cult. Mine is waaaay better.

I am years behind and decades ahead. ~ Somebody else, I am certain


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