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Over at The Daily Beast, David Frum makes what seems to be the mainstream case for giving Mitt Romney the moderate vote:

The congressional Republicans have shown themselves a destructive and irrational force in American politics. But we won't reform the congressional GOP by re-electing President Obama. If anything, an Obama re-election will not only aggravate the extremism of the congressional GOP, but also empower them: an Obama re-election raises the odds in favor of big sixth-year sweep for the congressional GOP - and very possibly a seventh-year impeachment. A Romney election will at least discourage the congressional GOP from deliberately pushing the US into recession in 2013. Added bonus: a Romney presidency likely means that the congressional GOP will lose seats in 2014, as they deserve.
The above is problematic. Republicans seem emboldened by their extremist agenda, and with good reason; they've gotten around 50% of the country's voters to buy into them. Being voted in allows them to continue their agenda. Voting for their presidential candidate in the hopes that they'll be voted out later and then temper their judgment is misguided; even after 8 years of Bush, the country's short memory allowed Republicans to take back control of the House in 2010, with an even more extreme agenda.

The proper option here isn't to allow the GOP to hold government hostage by simply not doing anything except crying about plans for tax-raising, defense-cutting, health reform, and gay marriage when we have a Democratic president. The only moral option is to fight the GOP. There might be local Republican candidates worth voting for, but anybody who gives the Congressional leadership back to "the young guns" doesn't deserve a seat in Congress. Other major parties have collapsed in American history: Whigs, Federalists. The only way for government to function is to change the zeitgeist, so the Republicans are seen as the obstructionists they are.

In my next post, I'll explain an essential ingredient missing in our strategy which would allow America's Left to take the country back from the nutters.

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Comment Preferences

  •  What an idiotic reason (3+ / 0-)

    Oh well just let the GOP have it or they will just keep on screwing us. Wow just wow.

  •  The GOP as Al Capone (4+ / 0-)

    Talk about gangster government.  "Nice country you have would be a shame if something happened to it."

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:12:36 AM PST

  •  Or to put it another way... (3+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, SoCaliana, highacidity

    "The current GOP congress is a large group of children - most of them bratty and obstinate, the rest unruly and destructive - and bringing in a new, more agreeable and permissive "Dad" will somehow magically steer these kids from their current self-centered, foot-stomping path onto the grown-up road of doing what's best for the entire country above anything else."

    Dear Mr. Frum -

    Best grab your go-bag and skedaddle, as the DEA will no doubt be heading straight to your house the moment they read your article.

    “Voting is the best revenge.” Fuckin' A, Mr. President. Fuckin' A.

    by here4tehbeer on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 01:33:49 AM PST

  •  David Frum's strategy sounds like appeasement! (1+ / 0-)
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    Mark Pelta

    Yes, the same appeasement strategy that brought Great Britain into World War II (i.e. Neville Chamberlain and "peace in our time"). So, yes, much of the GOP strategy does bear similarity to the Nazis before World War II (social intolerance, big business at the expense of other entities). So to David Frum I say- Nice try!

    Instead, a "Sister Souljah moment" is needed from Mitt Romney, where he needed to invoke his father's relatively moderate legacy and tell off the GOP extremists. After all, I keep hearing how Mitt Romney admired his father's legacy (which included progressive civil right stances and cooperation with business and labor).  However, no such instance has occurred...speaking volumes to the insidious nature of Romney's campaign.

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