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Spite Makes Right

Here's a link to a terrific editorial by Paul Krugman on the spitefulness of conservatives in the Age of Obama.  As Jon Stewart put it last night on The Daily Show, it turns out, for all their talk about patriotism and "Country First," that those on the far right "hate Obama more than they love America."

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crazywritergirl
Oct. 6th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Saw this editorial this morning. Obsession is never a pretty thing and some members of the Extreme Right have gone too far in their hatred of Mr. Obama. I detested Mr. Bush but I would not have wished America ill just to spite him. Clearly they've lost sight of what is important other than their own petty whims and bruised egos.
davidbcoe
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Right, Jana. I'm as partisan as the next person, but there are limits.
hedwig_snowy
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, had a 20 email back and forth this week with a Conservative friend in MD about the 'State of the Hate in the Party of No...Hope'.

Perfect line in the article:

"But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America."

Or, and excuse my French...Kos put it more succintly:

"So when did wingnuts start cheering against America? Their unbridled joy at losing out to Brazil is a bit unseemly, isn't it? "America, fuck yeah!" has become "Fuck America, Yeah!"

I recall even McCain saying during the campaign that you can't win elections just being negative, that you have to give people hope. Even if they think "Yes, we can" was a bad slogan, it's a hell of a lot better than "No, we can't".

Considering Obama's poll numbers are in the mid-50's and the Congressional GOP's are in the teens, they might want to change strategy or else they'll be looking like a 15% party come next November...or worse.
davidbcoe
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
>>...or else they'll be looking like a 15% party come next November...or worse.<<

Well, we can hope.....
estellye
Oct. 7th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
I took a break from the news over the last couple of weeks so I didn't know about the unbridled glee with which the Olympic decision was met by the wingnut brigade. It makes me sad. What else do they hope won't work out? How about the H1N1 vaccine? Maybe they really would rather risk severe illness (and possible death for some) rather than have anything this administration undertakes succeed.
davidbcoe
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'd like to believe that their animus for the President doesn't go that far, but with a few -- the Glenn Beck/Rush Limbaugh types -- I'm really not certain
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