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  •  These kind of doomsday analyses (9+ / 0-)

    are all the rage now in GOP circles.

    The major right wing rags, the conservative columnists, and even the Economist (which claims to be not Republican) have done it.  Rather than taking them too seriously, I think we should realize that these pieces serve two purposes for the righties (neither of which are owning up to their failings, stupidity, or dishonesty).  

    1. It drives down expectations for 2008.  I actually think this is the main point.  This way if they suffer a big loss in '08 they have already braced their base and donors for it.  And if '08 turns out to be a wash then they think it is a victory and morale is way up.
    1. It tries to place the blame on the party rather than the ideology.  The Bush years have been possibly the best test of conservative ideology in the history of the world.  What would happen if a militarily dominant, generally prosperous, fiscally sound, technologically and scientifically advanced society were taken over and run by conservative principles?  Well, we have our answer, and that answer is that it has totally ruined everything.  Rather than acknowledging this, these articles attempt the meme that the blame lies with the Republican party, who somehow 'screwed it up'.  BS, but that's their strategy, so that their ideology may live for another day.

    In short, never trust a contemporary conservative, even when they seem to write about their failings.

    It turns out that Bush IS a uniter... he united the intelligent half of the country virulently against him.

    by fizziks on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 12:14:40 PM PST

    •  Considering the Economist is a British (1+ / 0-)
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      publication, they are fairly unlikely to be Republican.

      Of course they are conservative, but more in a Thatcherist way I believe (I am not a regular reader).

      •  I actually get the Economist (0+ / 0-)

        in the mail, thanks to a friend with a warped sense of humour.  (At least I like to think he was just being perverse.)  Thatcherist or not, 90%+ of the articles I've dipped into are slanted hard to conservative ideology and slap down liberal thought, while claiming to be neutral.  Perhaps once upon a time they used to be neutral, but you wouldn't know from reading it now.

        Got a problem with my posts? Email me, and let's resolve it.

        by drbloodaxe on Fri Nov 30, 2007 at 01:15:57 PM PST

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        •  The Economist do not claim Neutrality..... (0+ / 0-)

          They claim to be free-market Radicals.

          They do not like authoritarians, though.  They complain about Bush and his policies time to time but recognize the "economic impact" that would occur in the ME if Bush pull out of Iraq.

          They are more along a (free market) libertarian thread.  They recognize Thatchers economic policy but point out her social and foreign policy flaws.

          They would fit in the American Libertarian party--I doubt they would be comfortable in the Republican party.

        •  Sounds like the New Republic n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  The Economist believe supply side is baloney. (1+ / 0-)
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        Sure they think tax levels should not be punitive but they decontstructed supply side years ago. All Republican presidential candidates are wedded to an economic fallacy.

      •  Economist = Thatcher/Blair/Clinton/Bush (0+ / 0-)

        It's a tough translation from British Liberalism to American conservatism.

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