Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:05 pm

Blind pig, meet acorn. Whoops. You missed.

Filed under: We're so screwed — Lex @ 10:05 pm

Andrew Sullivan has been so wrong about so much for so long that it’s almost tempting to think maybe he was just due to get one right:

If a black Republican president had come in, helped turn around the banking and auto industries (at a small profit!), insured millions through the private sector while cutting Medicare, overseen a sharp decline in illegal immigration, ramped up the war in Afghanistan, reinstituted pay-as-you go in the Congress, set up a debt commission to offer hard choices for future debt reduction, and seen private sector job growth outstrip the public sector’s in a slow but dogged recovery, somehow I don’t think that Republican would be regarded as a socialist.

Only here’s the thing. More than one thing, in fact:

First, the banking industry hasn’t been turned around. Its accounting methods have been turned around, which is the only reason why most of the big banks are still considered solvent. But the industry still has a ton of crap on its books for which it has yet to honestly account, for the simple reason that stockholders, bondholders and execs would take it in the teeth if the industry honestly accounted for that crap, and that simply won’t do.

But the bigger problem is this: The Tea Party’s behavior this year suggests that Sullivan’s overall assertion is flat wrong. Even such conservative Republican stalwarts as Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and South Carolina Rep. Jack Inglis have been sent packing by TPers this year. You can’t just be Republican. You can’t just be conservative. You need more. Exactly what “more” is varies from race to race and state to state, but it looks to me as if you also need a certain nihilist mindset at a time when we need every bit of anti-nihilism we can get to preserve our economy and much of what is best about our society and our country.

So while it would be nice to think that Sullivan’s assertion is correct — that, in other words, much of the criticism directed at Obama is a sort of partisan kabuki independent of the actual facts and issues — the truth is worse than that. The truth is that a significant part of one of the nation’s two major parties is made up of people who actively oppose doing things that will make our national situation better and actively support doing things guaranteed to make things worse.

They’re led by people like South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint who either actually believe that doing the wrong thing is doing the right thing or who know damn well they’re doing the wrong thing but don’t care because they dislike some of the things that are best about this country and/or stand to gain financially from their destruction.

George W. Bush drove this country into a ditch. These guys want to dynamite what’s left. And for at least the next two years, they may well get a chance.


1 Comment

  1. Hot damn. He’s back !

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, November 17, 2010 2:10 am @ 2:10 am

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