The Democratic Party is still trying to shake association with the student demonstrators, war protestors, flower children and the more radical leftists of the late 60’s and early 70’s. That ‘commie, hippie’ label comes from that long ago time – from events of 40 years ago.
I look at the Republican party today and wonder if they’ll pay a similar price for embracing the Tea Party, the birthers, the creationists and the rancid religious right. Could this be their 60’s? I wonder if indeed they’ll pay a price – and for how long.
In fact, I wonder if they’ll survive the 2012 elections. If the conservative electorate is splintered enough, Democrats could get to pick up the pieces at all levels.
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UPDATE: Mac at Talk and Politics adds this quote from old Abe: “Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar”
(Try putting that in Mitch McConnell’s mouth today and see how it sounds.)
Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaking yesterday in Connecticut:
“The McChrystal incident, to me, was very comical. And I think it’s a reflection of the frustration that a lot of our military leaders have with this Administration and their prosecution of the war in Afghanistan,” said Steele. “Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”
” . . if he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? All right, because everyone who has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed. And there are reasons for that.”
Can’t wait till the troops in Afghanistan hear that. We’re going into the celebratory weekend of July 4, and today is the 267th day of the ninth year of the War.
UPDATE: In the comments, I suggested the GOP – other than Darth Kristol – was not taking notice. They are.
UPDATE AGAIN: Actually, things seem to be moving along . . . when The Corner at National Review Online speaks thusly, a new weather front has moved in . . .
“Rarely do you see such an impressive combination of tone-deafness and falsity. Amazing that the chairman could utter so much that is incorrect with his foot so far in his mouth.”