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  •  Brooks and Will and all the other 'moderates' look (4+ / 0-)

    at the GOP and see mass confusion....and a leadership vacuum being filled once again by Hannity, Limbaugh, NRA, etc...you know....the REAL mericians.

    •  we should feel sympathy for all these polite (3+ / 0-)
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      civil moderates who find themselves superannuated by the Yahoos in their party.  Or as Don Meredith would serenade all of them "The Party's over.............."

      •  you know, (8+ / 0-)

        there really are polite civil moderates out there (a rare breed, no doubt), but Brooks is not one of them.
        Notice how it's always "compromise" when Democrats agree with Republican views, but "partisan" when Democrats use their majority to steer the agenda?
        What Brooks wrote yesterday just highlighted this bizarre idea that if Obama would just agree to everything the Republicans want, we could all get along!
        Chait does a better job saying that, as always:

        So Brooks’s proposed alternative agenda consists of either empty list-filler or actual policies that Obama has proposed and Republicans have killed. But instead of this happy term of modest accomplishment, Obama is pursuing a nasty, partisan agenda. Step one of this devious ploy is to, as Brooks puts it, “invite a series of confrontations with Republicans over things like the debt ceiling — make them look like wackos willing to endanger the entire global economy.”
        Right – Obama is the one inviting confrontations over the debt ceiling. Never mind that, before 2011, the debt ceiling was just an occasion for routine posturing, and Republicans insisted on turning it into a showdown with real, dangerous stakes. Also never mind that Obama offered to sign the plan — proposed by Mitch McConnell! — to permanently defuse the debt ceiling and let Republicans use it to posture against him rather than actually threatening a global meltdown. And never mind as well that, by refusing to cave in to extortion, Obama seems to actually be defusing the real danger to the world economy.
        This is all Obama’s fault because it makes Republicans “look like whackos willing to endanger the entire global economy.” Brooks displays an almost surreal lack of interest in the underlying reality that Republicans actually are whackos willing to endanger the entire global economy. It is his responsibility to conceal this reality from America.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:59:38 AM PST

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      •  They're down 150 to 84 in the House. (1+ / 0-)
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        The Fat Lady sang in 2010.

        "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012 "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army/McCarthy 1954

        by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:54:59 AM PST

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