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David Brooks, NY Times conservative columnist, writing about Mitt Romney's 47% remarks.....
First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits.
The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.
...as a description of America today, Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.
It's worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47 percent who don't pay income taxes are Romney supporters -.........So Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him....
Romney's comments....are arrogant and stupid.
Rush Limbaugh, opining on Bill Kristol's opinion of Romney's 47% remarks....
.....this election's about stopping Obama! This election is about stopping the Democrat Party. This election is very important. It's very crucial. I say it again: I don't think that the inside the Beltway glitterati look at it all that way.
The bitter and often-hateful Michelle Malkin, darling of the excitable right....
Media wonks sliced and diced the words like Hibachi chefs on bath salts. Beltway conservative scribes David Brooks and Bill Kristol denounced Romney as insensitive and out-of-touch. But Romney told hard political truths, which he’s proclaimed openly on the campaign trail before. “If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy,” he told a heckler in March. “That’s what he’s all about, okay? That’s not, that’s not what I’m about.”
Contained within those comments is the GOP's most significant problem. The divisions are apparent. Limbaugh and Malkin prefer conservatism be served up via flamethrowers.
Limbaugh and Malkin, who represent about half of today's conservative demographic, are best likened to Newt Gingrich's primary win in South Carolina. Gingrich campaigned in South Carolina by putting on his best nastiness....name calling, outrageous hyperbole, hatefully bashing Obama.......you know, red meat to the excitables.
A majority of South Carolinian Republican primary voters loved what Gingrich was serving. Those Gingrich voters desperately yearned for a candidate who would attack, attack, attack, that Kenyan, socialist, apologizing appeaser sitting in the White House. In Gingrich's unhinged rhetoric, they thought they had found their man.
The thinking here....I think.....is that if a GOP candidate for president will just speak and excite like Rush and Malkin do every single day.....using bitter, hateful and phony character assassinations and fraudulent accusations against the president......then American voters would see the light.....or something.
Kristol and Brooks, on the other hand, represent the ever-shrinking group known as Republican "moderates." More moderate, and not as excitable, Republicans have increasingly been purged from the party. In the past, these moderate Republicans have recognized the necessity of compromising with Democrats in order to advance the interests of the American people.
Today, however, ..."compromise is a dirty word" to Republicans. After Obama's inauguration, those Rush and Malkin Republicans locked their jaws, put their heads down and refused to go along with anything that could be interpreted as an Obama victory. The number one priority of those Republicans following Obama's 2008 win? "Making Obama a one term president."
The GOP is in disarray. The GOP is divided. Mitt's 47% comments have exposed those divisions. The Republican Party....more than anything....is a political party at war with itself. Sadly....thus far, the excitables have been winning.
For the fifty-eleventh time.....the GOP needs to reform itself. Embrace a comprehensive immigration policy which creates a path to citizenship, embrace the scientific findings on man's contribution to global climate, tamp down the influence of the religious right in their party, and reject the silly divisive notion that our population is made up of "makers and takers."
Otherwise, the GOP will be entirely irrelevant within a decade.
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