Who Hijacked Our Country

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

“Are Republicans to Blame for Washington’s Problems?” YES.

Ornstein says “I wouldn't say it's all Republicans.  It's 80-20 at this point.”

He also says:

“When you look at the data, including voting records ... the Democrats have moved left, to probably their own 25 yard line. President Obama's probably around the 40.  The Republicans have moved behind their own goal post.”

And before you dismiss Norman Ornstein as just another disgruntled liberal:  he’s affiliated with the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

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Blogger Karlo said...

I don't know if the Democrats have moved to the left. It's very clear, though, that the Republicans have become the party of the extremely wealthy and are willing to mortgage the entire country if it increases the wealth of this tiny sliver of the U.S. population.

May 23, 2012 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yeah I reminisce of the Carter era.

May 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger JUDI M. said...

And they have people like Lisa spreading their stupidity and talking point all over the web. How you can continue to believe that the Right has anyone but themselves in mind, is insanity. That's what watching FOX does to you.....

May 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Some of the moderate Republicans, or should I say reasonable, like Orin Hatch, are beginning to stand up to the tea baggers. It's about damned time.

May 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Karlo, I don't think the Democrats are so much on the left like they were say in 1968 (and still had their Southern Klan to deal with). I remember when Barry Goldwater was considered some sort of right wing demagogue and then turned out to be one of the more rational men in politics.

Back then each party thought more regionally and for their constituents as well as the country - the reason why we got something done once in a while.

Now it's Corporations, Billionaires and Grover Nordquist.

I prefer Goldwater's Libertarianism far over Ron Paul's

Just like in the end where all of the sudden when people we knew as extremist right wingers like Orrin Hatch or Bill Buckley Jr., aren't that bad after all.


May 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

If the republicans move far enough to the right, even compromise is a conservative solution.

May 23, 2012 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Yeah I reminisce of the Carter era.

You ignorant parrot, you wouldn't even say that if you knew anything about it. I was alive in 1979, and I was conscious. That would be unlike you, who seem to be in a permanent vegetative state.

May 24, 2012 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

I would disagree with Ornstein's characterization of the Democrats in that they have steadily moved rightward rather than leftward over the past 30 years, and both Obama and Clinton would be classified as moderate to conservative Democrats when compared with the classic examples of LBJ, Truman, and FDR.

May 24, 2012 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Karlo: That's exactly right. The GOP is devoted exclusively to that one tenth of one percent of the population that's willing to squander the whole country just for their own profit.

JUDI: Unfortunately there are millions of dupes being brainwashed by Fox News and talk radio.

Mr. C: Orrin Hatch is a perfect example. He's fighting back and presumably won't get teabagged.

Erik: Orrin Hatch, Buckley and Goldwater all seem so reasonable and level-headed nowadays. It's all relative I guess.

Jerry: At this point they could move back just a notch or two from their current extreme position, and call it "compromise."

JR: Remember, today is "Be Nice to Vegetables" Day.

Jack: That's a good point, when you compare Obama and Clinton to LBJ and FDR.

May 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Lisa, for your pea brain:

reminisce - to indulge in enjoyable recollection of past events. Glad you enjoyed it.

May 24, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Norm's gridron analogy is half off. The Democratic Party is over on the corporatist Right side of the field. He's correct about the GOP.

May 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM  

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