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Cry Babies and Sore Losers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 08:28

footballA friend pointed me to a post-election essay and I'd like to share an excerpt...

To Tea Party Patriots and hardcore Religious Engineers:

Republicans lost because their party leadership and most candidates feared you, listened to you, and looked the other way on important issues as you picked the dumbest, craziest nominees in key primaries (Murdock and Akin), or converted otherwise sensible, experienced candidates to Crazy Town (Romney).

There’s nothing wrong with wanting limited government. I do. There’s nothing wrong with believing in God, the Golden Rule, or wanting to reduce abortions. I do, too. But you’ve taken it too damn far and scare the shit out of people you could otherwise persuade.

Yes, the message and messenger matter (you’re failing at both, BTW), but no Madison Avenue P.R. firm, K Street lobbying firm, Fox News “analyst”, or local chapter of “Freedom Works” can sell the flaming dung you’re slinging.

Smart people can lose. But smart people always learn.

You didn’t lose because you “weren’t conservative enough” or because the country has become full of lazy “takers” who don’t want to earn a living or just want America to “turn in to Europe”.

You didn’t lose because of Hurricane Sandy or because Chris Christie hugged the President on TV – they were both doing their jobs.

You didn’t lose because of a liberal media, liberal college campuses, liberal polls that were “weighted to Democrats” (mostly because they were accurate), or because of “election fraud”… actually, that probably benefited you this time.

No. You lost because your policies, tone, conspiracies, rigid inflexibility and irrational rhetoric helped align enough moderates, swing voters, and minority groups whom otherwise could be persuaded by Republicans, to align with Democrats and a beatable incumbent.

It’s not that you didn’t get your message out, it’s that we all actually heard it and threw up a little in our mouths.

By Rob Ellsworth (from samuel-warde.com

I agree, generally, with Ellsworth's rant. (You should go read the whole thing; there's a lot more, and it's really good.) My main criticism of his rant, though, is that it's missing a big section. It's missing an important section about Republicans who are selling our country to the highest bidder. The words Adelson, Hamm, Norquist, Koch and Rove don't appear anywhere in the essay.  Nothing about pharmaceutical companies, big oil, wall street, insurance companies, agribusiness, private prison companies, ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, Crossroads GPS or the Chamber of Commerce. I don't know how a person can even pretend to write a modern criticism of where the Republican Party has been headed without even vaguely talking about this problem.  Maybe I'm supposed to read between the lines the two times Ellsworth mentions the "tea party," and understand that he "gets" that the Tea Party is a fake front group for all of the above.  But I don't know that.  

Maybe there should have expounded on the whole "Religious Engineers" faction, too.

Really, today's Republicans and other teabaggers need to let go of this psychotic notion that Democrats and Barack Obama are America-hating socialists. What we are is a group of people who, for the most part, disagree with radical, right-wingers regarding what percentage of a person's income should be taxed, in order to pay down the debt. We agree, generally, that there need to be spending cuts. We agree with most Republicans that our military spending is outrageous.  But the bottom line is that Republicans seem to think the correct tax rate for everyone is the 14% Mitt Romney paid in 2010 (or less).  Democrats think more appropriate rates -- at least to dig us out of our national debt problem created over the past 15 years -- should be in the Clinton prosperity era range.  That's really the big difference, though we have other differences (no doubt).

So go flip your flag over, right-wing drama queens. Nobody's coming for your guns. Things aren't that bad. 

Tell the political leaders of your party to rip up their pledges to Grover Norquiest, sit down at the table with the Democrats, and work on fixing this country's problems. The nation needs them to buck up, swallow their pride and sharpen their pencils.  

It's not that hard.

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j5mc said:

Less to fight about than people think
4.6% is less than they're fighting over in the NHL right now. And nobody seems to think that's much worth the fuss.
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What the Heck said:

What the Heck
Can't wait for the next election when they go more conservative. It has been rather entertaining to see the Ann Coulters going whack-a-do over the Romney loss.
November 14, 2012
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