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  •  You are... (41+ / 0-)

    ..looking at this the wrong way:

    The assholes didn't show up to the party.  Win/win for everybody.

    They were invited as a ceremonial formality, but everybody was hoping & praying they wouldn't show up.

    When they didn't show up, everybody released a collective sigh of relief & went ahead & enjoyed themselves.

     

    To any Republican reading this, I request you write a diary about why Republicans are such assholes. I promise to tip & recommend such a diary.

    by wyvern on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 08:15:54 AM PDT

    •  Yes Spielberg, Sally, Daniel did not have to put (4+ / 0-)
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      up with Boehner doing a drunk cry or the Turtle sitting there through the movie falling asleep or grunting.

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      by wishingwell on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 02:59:55 PM PDT

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    •  C'mon, let's be fair to the Repubs (4+ / 0-)

      To be fair, I can understand why they declined.   The movie probably just brings back too many painful memories for today's GOP -- you know, that whole ending slavery thing and whipping the South's ass.  

      •  That's good (0+ / 0-)

        But you might at least get your history correct and double check which party was for and which against freeing slaves.

        •  Um, yeah -- try reading (0+ / 0-)

          That's why I said "painful memories for today's GOP."  But your comment was cute, too.

        •  Actually (2+ / 0-)
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          Your blind confusion between the labels and the parties brings up an important point.

          Things change.

          Including, and especially, political parties.

          Just because Lincoln, and, say, Boehner, can both be referred to with the label "Republican" tells you nothing about what they believe and certainly does not indicate that they would agree about anything.

          That may be one reason the Republicans were unwilling to attend a screening of "Lincoln."  They know how much they suffer by comparison.

          Really, though, we should be looking beyond the labels at who these people are.

          My own campaign is that they should be given the label "Southern Republicans," to indicate that they are inheritors of the misogynistic, racist, narrow-minded views of what used to be called "Southern Democrats."

          For a hundred years, calling a while Southerner a Republican was an insult, largely because of the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

          I know, it is difficult to think of them as "Southern" when one of their heroes is from Minnesota.  But I'm trying to get at the attitudes and policies, not the geography.

          Last year, I heard in passing Ann Coulter saying that it was Democrats who were lynching black men in the south in the Jim Crow years.  Yes, that is what they were called then.  Men like Trent Lott, and Jesse Helms, and so many more.  Since, they have been relabeled Republicans.  Confusing those labels is just wrong.

          In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

          by Noziglia on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:26:03 PM PDT

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          •  One facinating and little known story of (1+ / 0-)
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            Southern Republicans is the tale of The Free State of Winston (Alabama). It is also known as the Republic of Winston.

            For a hundred years, calling a while Southerner a Republican was an insult, largely because of the events of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/...

            One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." -- Plato

            by Jane Lew on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:58:48 PM PDT

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            •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

              An interesting sidebar of history.

              And a needed reminder that we should never tar all residents of any area, nor all members of any category, with the same brush or the same labels.

              People are individuals, and that's what makes them interesting.

              In Washington, whenever anyone does something wrong, everyone else gets punished.

              by Noziglia on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:22:02 AM PDT

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    •  The difference is that the Repubs (4+ / 0-)
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      keep making an issue of "he won't play with us", he's uppity, he's aloof.  I personally don't know how he has such patience.  My inclination after all this time of getting rejected by the Repubs, i would be inclined to go before the mics after their next whining session about no outreach and call them out for the classless assholes they really are.  He turns the other cheek and they merely change digits to flip him off.  He is the better man and the better Christian for sure.

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