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  •  Michael Tomasky: (7+ / 0-)

    I don't like to write. Fortunately, I sometimes find a writer who expresses my feelings exactly.

    The economy needs help. The Democrats’ proposals are popular. And yet they’re dying in Congress. Why? Because the GOP hates Obama more than it loves America.

    The Republican Party’s posture to the American people is this. Your opinion on issues like teachers and taxes doesn’t matter a whit to us. True, if you happened to agree with us, we’d use that to our advantage, but since you don’t, we really don’t care. What does matter though, as far as you people are concerned, is what you do next Election Day. If you put a Republican in the White House, we’ll grow up a little. If you give us the Senate, too, we’ll actually get to work (although God forbid on what). But if you keep that man in the White House, we will block everything he and you want. Everything. And nothing will happen in this town for those next four years. The Republicans can’t say any of this, of course, but they don’t have to. People get it. It just sort of seeps out of them, like oil from a polluted stream.

    •  What is Tomasky basing this part on? (3+ / 0-)
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      If you put a Republican in the White House, we’ll grow up a little.

      In what way have they indicated they'll grow up? In what way have they indicated they'll do anything other than continue to make war on workers?

      The most moderate guy they've got is committed to repealing healthcare and financial reforms. They all think the minimum wage should be done away with and it's not even a living wage.

      It is galling to me that they can behave the way they do and even have the slightest prayer of a chance of getting elected/re-elected.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 08:21:07 AM PDT

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      •  True (3+ / 0-)
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        I guess he meant they won't put the country into credit default, or something like that.

      •  Americans vote (1+ / 0-)
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        on slogans and republicans can create a doozie of a slogan. When most of us start to THINK perhaps the out come of elections would benefit the whole country.

        "Our separation from each other is an optical illusion of consciousness." Albert Einstein.

        by kararay on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 09:15:58 AM PDT

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        •  They won't - not the ones who vote GOP (1+ / 0-)
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          Because anyone attracted to today's GOP has to be for psychological, not rational, reasons i.e., masochism and other "diseases."

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