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#1 D. R. Tucker

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:13 AM

Moderate Republicanism is a tendency that increasingly defies ideological analysis and instead requires psychological analysis. The psychological mechanism is fairly obvious. The radicalization of the GOP has placed unbearable strain on those few moderates torn between their positions and their attachment to party. Many moderate conservatives have simply broken off from the party, at least in its current incarnation, and are hoping or working to build a sane alternative. Those who remain must escape into progressively more baroque fantasies.

The prevalent expression of this psychological pain is the belief that President Obama is largely or entirely responsible for Republican extremism. It’s a bizarre but understandable way to reconcile conflicting emotions — somewhat akin to blaming your husband’s infidelity entirely on his mistress. In this case, moderate Republicans believe that Obama’s tactic of taking sensible positions that moderate Republicans agree with is cruel and unfair, because it exposes the extremism that dominates the party, not to mention the powerlessness of the moderates within it. Michael Gerson recently expressed this bizarre view, and the pathology is also on vivid display in David Brooks’s column today.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 07:55 AM

Ezra Klein also takes it to David Brooks.

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

The Devil Made Me Do It worked for comedians,why not Republicans?

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

David Brooks logic: "It's Obama's fault the GOP are punching themselves in the face. Obama and the dems should stop being so mean and put their faces in the way to absorb dome blows, you know, for bipartisanship."
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

View PostD. R. Tucker, on 19 January 2013 - 07:13 AM, said:

It's a bizarre but understandable way to reconcile conflicting emotions -- somewhat akin to blaming your husband's infidelity entirely on his mistress.

Going off on a complete tangent (that maybe should have its own thread), Pat Robertson thinks that many women should blame themselves for not being more attractive.
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 19 January 2013 - 01:35 PM, said:

Going off on a complete tangent (that maybe should have its own thread), Pat Robertson thinks that many women should blame themselves for not being more attractive.

Pat, you sweet talker, you.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:14 AM

Ted Frier: Conservatives blame Obama for GOP extremism

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:58 AM

I always thought of David Brooks as "David Frum But People Actually, Strangely, Listen to Him".

Not sure if he's a rabid Israel-firster, though.
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Posted 27 April 2015 - 01:56 PM

View PostRue Bella, on 19 January 2013 - 04:45 PM, said:



Pat, you sweet talker, you.

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Has Pat looked in the mirror?

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 02:20 PM

D.R., that piece is a major bitch slapping.

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Right – Obama is the one inviting confrontations over the debt ceiling. Never mind that, before 2011, the debt ceiling was just an occasion for routine posturing, and Republicans insisted on turning it into a showdown with real, dangerous stakes. Also never mind that Obama offered to sign the plan — proposed by Mitch McConnell! — to permanently defuse the debt ceiling and let Republicans use it to posture against him rather than actually threatening a global meltdown. And never mind as well that, by refusing to cave in to extortion, Obama seems to actually be defusing the real danger to the world economy.

This is all Obama’s fault because it makes Republicans “look like whackos willing to endanger the entire global economy.” Brooks displays an almost surreal lack of interest in the underlying reality that Republicans actually are whackos willing to endanger the entire global economy. It is his responsibility to conceal this reality from America.

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 02:24 PM

View PostD. R. Tucker, on 20 January 2013 - 07:14 AM, said:


All I get is a home page written in a foreign language, possibly Swedish or Icelandic.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:41 PM

View PostLFC, on 27 April 2015 - 02:24 PM, said:

All I get is a home page written in a foreign language, possibly Swedish or Icelandic.

Hmm. D.R.'s post is going on 2 1/2 years old so maybe that web site is no longer supported.
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Posted 27 April 2015 - 03:55 PM

His son is in the IDF Charles so I would guess he could fall into that camp.
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