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Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are The Problem.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 29, 2012

For a while now, Norm Ornstein’s been edging away from the GOP and its increasing levels of insanity, intolerance and greed. Now, he’s gone and nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg Schloßkirche:

Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.

And that’s just the headline. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.

“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach.

Welcome to the Hermetic Order of the Shrill, Norm. Paul Krugman’s here to teach you the secret handshake.

5 Responses to “Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are The Problem.”

  1. Charles II said

    I look forward to the Washington Post letting me read the third and fourth pages of the article someday. They probably don’t understand that the news here is that they allowed this heresy to be spoken in the Holy of Holies, and that whatever Mann and Ornstein say has been obvious to the rest of the country ever since 1994.

    Maybe the elite establishment will listen. I certainly hope so. The GOP has been insane for at least 17 years, when Gingrich took over. Now they can’t even keep the lunatics from forcing the country into default or otherwise slaughtering the golden goose that has made them all so rich.

  2. jo6pac said

    It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise

    I’m sure some of those wonderful laws that have been passed lately could be used to rounded up and held for ever in some fema camp?

    Charles I think your’re about the timing even my late father a life time real R hated the knuet

  3. MarkH said

    “the Hermetic Order of the Shrill”

    Ha! Good one.

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