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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The incredible lightness of the GOP

In a way it's quite sad that the Republican Party has come to this: they can't even remember the basic childhood adage that sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me.

But name-calling seems to be the only thing left in a party that once dealt in ideas (bad ones from my perspective, but ideas nonetheless). Witness this Limbaugh-ism from Eric Cantor, the House Minority Whip from Virginia speaking about the Obama administration and the GM bailout.
"They said, 'Set aside the rule of law, let's strip secured creditors, bondholders, of their rights. Take them away outside of the bankruptcy process and give them to the political cronies and the auto workers' unions."

"It's almost like looking at Putin's Russia. You want to reward your political friends at the expense of the certainty of law?"

I guess the Party of Ideas figures that if renaming the opposition the Democrat Socialist Party won't work they can take the next step and call Obama a Commie. Too bad that no one under the age of 30 grew up with the Red Menace and could care less about Russia.

And name calling is so much easier than coming up with a solution to prevent the wholesale destruction of the economy by putting even more people are out of a job than are unemployed today because of Bush-onomics and the dunderheadedness of Detroit.

If Republicans want to climb out of the hole, they need to come up with something other than name-calling. But when the head of the party, the aforementioned Mr. Limbaugh, built his career on baiting Democrats, it's hard to see a change coming.

And believe it or not we are worse off for not having a credible opposition party.

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