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The Tea Party Will Win in the End
New York Magazine, by Frank Rich

Original Article

Posted By:nota bene, 10/15/2012 2:31:26 PM

Were the 2012 campaign a Hitchcock movie, Mitt Romney would be the MacGuffin—a device that drives a lot of plot gyrations but proves inconsequential in itself. Then again, Barack Obama could be, too. Our down-to-the-wire presidential contest is arguably just a narrative speed bump in the scenario that has been gathering steam throughout the Obama presidency: the resurgence of the American right, the most determined and coherent political force in America. No matter who is elected president, what Romney calls severe conservatism will continue to consolidate its hold over one of our two major parties.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scrubber, 10/15/2012 2:39:29 PM     (No. 8934915)

I wonder what this buffoon would say if we wrote an article (partially correctly) as describing the democrat party as "young, black, and on-welfare"?


Reply 2 - Posted by: peasantnumberthree, 10/15/2012 3:05:44 PM     (No. 8934995)

Gee, Frank - if you really feel that way, might as well stay home on Election Day...


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/15/2012 3:21:45 PM     (No. 8935039)

One does not have to look up the author when coming across this gibberish. The first reaction is "Thats rich..."


Reply 4 - Posted by: devnull, 10/15/2012 3:28:34 PM     (No. 8935060)

Actually, Mitt Romney is not a "MacGuffin". Republicans had to run someone so squeaky-clean that the DSM would have as little as possible to use for character assassinations. Yes, they will always use sound bites out of context and fill in with some out-right lies, but without something serious the public will just blow off their attempts as politics as usual. With Mitt Romney, there is no fatal flaw to exploit.


Reply 5 - Posted by: DocH, 10/15/2012 3:41:17 PM     (No. 8935090)

Please, let's not denigrate Frank's conclusion here -- that his side will lose the debate over what kind of country America will be.


Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/15/2012 4:23:07 PM     (No. 8935256)

Well, I'm certainly happy to endorse Frankie's conclusion, that sanity will be restored to this Country. That out of control government will be reigned in, our fiscal house will be put in order, our Constitution will be respected, and free enterprise will be allowed to restore the Country to economic vitality.

Frankie bemoans this and drags up all sorts of scary specters to intimidate us. It must be getting too close to Halloween. But the things that Frankie discusses are NOT what the Tea Party is about. It's goals are publicly stated as I have outlined above. Further, those goals are not some new extremism but a return to fundamental principles that have defined this Country since it's founding.

It is liberals that are trying to change the Country to match their extreme vision, a nightmare in reality. We are experiencing a taste of what they would evoke for us. NOW is the time to reject it before the damage to our Country is permanent.

Liberals have been trying to make the Tea Party into a thing to be avoided since dems were trashed in 2010. But they can't really get the job done because no matter how they try they can't turn up any real dirt; simply because there is none. Liberals are also terrified that if Conservative principles turn the Country around, no one will want to listen to liberal nonsense again for a long time.

THAT would be the true victory.


Reply 7 - Posted by: OceanBeach, 10/15/2012 6:16:03 PM     (No. 8935510)

Mr. Rich has an uncanny ability to forget some pretty interesting facts:

1) The KKK is a Democrat invention and a quarter of the people they lynched were white male republicans - that group he so malignes.

2) McCarthyism was carried out by more Democrats than Republicans - especially the egregious witchhunt portions.

3) The concentration camp internment of Japanese Americans was carried out by Democrats in California but the Republicans running Hawaii refused to participate.

4) No Republican has ever claimed the notion that we should have "no government at all."

5) He calls the Tea Party "Mad-dog protesters" ignoring the fact that they are the cleanest, kindest, and best behaved protesters in the history of the Union. He uses this type of name calling as a replacement for logic at least 11 times in this short article that I saw in a quick skimming count.

Mr. Rich, like so many big city liberals is just so certain that his caricatured view of conservatives as sheet-wearing ignorant inbred hillbillies with few teeth, he can't imagine they have actual thought out ideas that they believe will work. In his arrogance, he continues to believe that the only party with ideas based on logic and history and an understanding of human nature come from the left.

This is why he is continually surprised to see conservatism isn't dead.


   

 

  


 
Reply 8 - Posted by: Lucky4, 10/15/2012 6:45:29 PM     (No. 8935562)

"conservatives are the cockroaches of the American body politic, poised to outlast us all".
How about conservatives are the moral backbone of this blessed country and we will go down fighting every time against the evil likes of scum like you Frank Rich.



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