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Pat Buchanan has a great column up at The American Conservative that I think is worthy of posting here as in the purview of dkos readers. He says many things that I and some others around here have been thinking with regards to the significance of the Obama presidency for the future of electoral politics in our country, and essentially warns conservatives that the Obama presidency may represent a realignment on par with FDR or Nixon. (I prefer comparing Obama to Reagan and Clinton to Nixon but I digress.)

When it comes to the Hagel nomination, for example, Buchanan ascribes different motives than I would but the practical outcome is the same: Republicans are put in the difficult position of rejecting one of their own, or endorsing Obama's annexation if you will of a model conservative turned social moderate; in any case, it divides the party and perhaps pits it against itself, damaging it politically.

The upshot is that the continued divisiveness within the GOP has precedent when it comes to these historical, realigning presidencies. Buchanan seems to believe there is some deliberate divide and conquer strategy on Obama's part; I tend to think, to quote a fellow dkos'er, that he keeps hitting bullseyes without ever appearing to be aiming. Either way, once again the practical outcome is the same: a divided GOP and an ascendant Democratic party.

The column is well worth a read:

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  •  Read It & Weep Republicans...... (7+ / 0-)

    This is a much bolder Obama in his second term.  He doesn't have to get elected again.  He's free to concentrate on his legacy.....unfortunately for Republicans that includes immigration reform, fully implementing Obamacare to their undying consternation & gun control.

    Yes......gun control, banning assault weapons, insisting upon background checks, & magazine control, etc etc etc.

    Hooray.......this is the Obama I voted for in the first term.

  •  This person pretty well nails the Republicans (5+ / 0-)


    The GOP has become the party of the chickenhawks and the Wall Street firsters.

    There is nothing patriotic about sending one’s fellow citizens out to die, especially in wars of no benefit to the country. There is nothing patriotic about out-sourcing the country’s wealth producing capability and allowing our markets to be flooded by shoddy, toxic foreign baubles. (However can any sane person believe that a country with imperial ambitions can continue to fulfill them when it’s voluntarily become a member of the 3rd world?)

    To win the GOP needs again to appeal to America’s middle class, something they appear determined not to do.

    And as for thinking they can remain safe inside their wealthy bubbles, Nicolaeu Ceaucescu, Nicholas II and Louis XVI might have a few words to say against relying on that. Civilization is a thin veneer.

  •  Pat who™? n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:43:52 PM PST

  •  Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention (3+ / 0-)
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    snapples, slothlax, native

    it was a very interesting article. He likes Hagel it seems...or sees him as a patriot who cares about the average soldier and won't send him off to frivoulous wars.
    Obama is just not that strategic in the kind of combat they have in Congress that Pat Buchanan thinks he's so good at, IMO. I think many of these resulting negative effects on Republicans are mostly side effects of Obama holding steady and doing his job. You don't negotiate with terrorists similarly, you don't negotiate with people who metaphorically want to blow up the world economy...the effects on the GOP are a side effect. Obama wants common sense gun violence prevention measures adopted and is now taking a firm stand on policies also supported by the majority of Americans and even NRA members. The effect o the GOP--damned if they do or don't--is a side effect.

    I like the result side effect or no. Maybe going so far to the right that most of your views are in fact unreasonable is the REAL problem, Pat. Obama doesn't need to do anything but take a firm stand, put the country first and act moderately and with common sense.  Seems like that is serving to UNVEIL the spectacle of what the Current GOP especially in the House is. Mr. Buchannan would have better luck avocating for change within the party because that's the root cause. Obama's actions just reveal Congressional Republicans to the public.

    •  It was funny reading his last line (7+ / 0-)
      With demography moving against the GOP, with more and more Americans becoming dependent upon government, it will take leadership not yet visible to rescue the Republican Party from the fate Barack Hussein Obama has in store for it.
      Maybe if Buchanan and his ilk were not trying to continually push the Republicans to embrace ethnic division, the GOP wouldn't be in such dire straights.  He gives Obama too much credit, Patrick Buchanan himself was the driving force behind losing the demographic battle.  He has spent his adult life defining the political ground we are fighting on today.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:29:44 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  As usual, Pat is wrong (3+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries, Bob Love, native

    Nixon didn't win the states of the Confederacy, the Democratic Party kicked them out. And it was the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that kicked the neo-cons out. Both wings of the Democratic Party fled to the Saint Ronald of Reagan in 1980.

    LBJ knew by pushing for passage of the Civil Rights Act, he would send the Confederacy Electoral Votes to the GOP for,  what he thought would be a generation. However, Jimmy Carter won much of the South in 1976.

    It was the Saint Ronald of Reagan who had no qualms about attracting racists who bought the Confederacy to the GOP.

    Even the neo-cons admit their Democratic origins. Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern and Jimmy Carter fought the neo-cons (such as Henry Jackson) for the soul of the party.

    Carter's DefSec, Harold Brown pushed technology such as stealth and cruise missiles that were anathema to the neo cons (who essentially a US defense geared towards the defense of Israel rather than a defense of the USA).

  •  The man's not stupid, just venal. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:09:27 AM PST

  •  I think the most insightful thing about this and (2+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye54, johanus

    the Buchanan article that inspired it is that this really is a transformational moment.

    30 odd years ago the Progressives ( especially the Unions ) had simply moved so far to the left that the average American wanted a decisive change and they got it.

    Now the reverse has happened and  the Right has moved so far to the Right that they cannot even stand themselves and it is time for a decided move leftward.

    This time, however, may we please take a lesson from history and not once again overplay our hand.

    The last 30 odd years have shown that Communism does not work and that unbridled Capitalism doesn't work either.

    We need some kind of regulated economic system that takes the best from Capitalism ( the efficiency of a truly free market which we don't really have right now ) and melds it with the best of Socialism ( the realization that the primal moving force in any economy is labor and that it has to be rewarded according to its worth ).

    If we do this then there truly is Hope for the future of America and the World.

  •  Buchanan: Incorrigibly hostile minority (2+ / 0-)
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    phonegery, Buckeye54
    “They hate me, and I welcome their hatred,” said FDR in the 1936 campaign. He believed that if a slice of the electorate was incorrigibly hostile, one ought not appease or court them, but use them as a whipping boy to rally the majority. With FDR, the foil was Wall Street, the “money-changers in the temple of our civilization.”
    I think 'scapegoat' might be better than 'whipping boy', but Buchanan makes an excellent point.  If the GOP minority wants to take unpopular extreme positions, why beg them to climb off the ledge?  Let them turn the GOP into the party of stupid, the party of crazy, the party of hatred.  Use them to rally the moderate center in favor of more reasonable proposals.

    The beauty of it is that even if the teabaggers read this, they will heartily reject its advice.

    A new birth of freedom..

    by docterry on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:01:24 AM PST

  •  It's even better (0+ / 0-)

    in the original German...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:08:23 AM PST

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