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November 30, 2006

Republican Suicide Watch

It's rather remarkable how deep and swift the post-election depression of the losing part is. Over in The New York Times, David Brooks is claiming to be a new "swing voter" and calling the argument over the size of the state a "stale, abstract debate [that] will never lead anywhere and only inhibits creative thinking." Elsewhere, the Hudson Institution, in an event I'm bummed I can't make, is hosting a "How Vast The Left Wing Conspiracy" panel, where Byron York will chat with representatives of the Democracy Alliance and the Open Source Institute to ask if it's "time for conservatives to reexamine their own intellectual infrastructure in light of the progressive network's success?" Yikes. Meanwhile, neither Brooks's column nor the Hudson event mention that magic little word -- Iraq -- without which none of this makes any sense. Trust me on that guys, I've been here before. I'm a Democrat.

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I, also a lifelong Democrat, don't see much evidence or hope of the GOP (and the conservative movement that controls the GOP) changing its colors anytime soon.

The same things that got them in power (cut taxes, hate government, exploitation of Chistianists, belligerent foreign/defense policies/actions, fear mongering, lies and secrecy about actual motives and programs, etc.) may be weakening in effect, but they believe them just as much now and they ever have.

Ideology is addictive, resistent to facts and changed circumstances, and capable in inducing self-delusion on a grand scale.

Not until the GOP loses all of their bastions of power, in particular 'the south', 'the Christianists' and 'corporate cash', will the GOP be ready for some real reorientation.

Their current denial on Iraq is very understandable. They have gotten away with blaming problems on the Dems for so long that they are just bideing time until they can unleash that response - they've already begun, actually - but the full force of their attack on the Dems won't hit until disaster becomes manifest (a helicopter evacuation from the Green Zone due to cut supply lines and masses of people storming the gates, for instance).

But it is fun watching all this rightwing disorganization: the rubbernecking at an accident is a built-in human behavior.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Nov 30, 2006 1:48:15 PM

Trust me on that guys, I've been here before. I'm a Democrat.

I know, dude, isn't it like SO kewl? :)

Seriously, Jim makes the sober points, but all I keep thinking is - jeez, is that what we sounded like? No wonder they call it the wilderness...

Posted by: weboy | Nov 30, 2006 2:49:16 PM

Don't encourage them. Edge them closer to the ledge. Look over there, it's not so far down. You can probably jump and make it from here. Go on, give it a try.

Here, have a martini, Mr Republican. You love those. Mmmmm, yummy. See, it's just a short trip down. Here, I'll give you a push...

Posted by: craigie | Dec 1, 2006 1:14:47 AM

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