Saturday, May 09, 2009

Olbermann: "If a Democrat is also culpable, then they can go to Hell too!"

Dick Cheney thinks it would be a mistake for the Republicans to moderate themselves in the wake of their last two election defeats. Like that other great Republican thinker, Ann Coulter, Cheney thinks the Republicans need to stay right where they are. As Jonathan Alter states, they are currently a "shrinking party" and a "white, old, poorly educated, regional political party".

Cheney, it should be remembered, left office with horrendous approval figures of around 18%, the lowest ever recorded for a Vice President. And this low benchmark was achieved after eight years of Republican rule, employing the very policies which Cheney now thinks the Republicans should not moderate. That's insanity.

And I note that Keith, pondering on whether or not Pelosi knew that the US was torturing people, reminds the GOP that this is not about party, "If a Democrat is also culpable, then they can go to Hell too!"


Regarding the state of the Republican party, someone on the right gets it:

The reason the Republican Party continues to bleed members has much more to do with the general attitude of the party's political and intellectual leaders than anything else. Rather than admit to any mistakes or take even the slightest bit of responsibility for the state of the country, they insist on blaming everyone but themselves.


They watch TV and they see a very intelligent, charismatic President who says a lot of very reasonable sounding things and exudes competence. And then they see a bunch of angry conservatives and Republicans who insist that that same man is some sort of evil communist who's going to destroy the country.
In other words, the problem is not the ideas, but the attitude.

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