The Right Wing's Fixation

The Right Wing's Fixation

There are 15 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 15, 2009, titled The Right Wing's Fixation. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

When Charlie Crist , Florida 's popular governor, announced this week that he would run for the U.S. Senate , it was the best news the Republican Party has had in an otherwise unpleasant year.

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DJS

Hamden, CT

#1 May 16, 2009
Dionne, get your nose out of Obamas behind long enough to take a breath
Voice in the Wilderness

Ellington, CT

#2 May 16, 2009
DJS wrote:
Dionne, get your nose out of Obamas behind long enough to take a breath
The parties problem is not Obama it is itself, they are intellectually bankrupt, controlled by big business, propose zero ideas to solve critical issues facing the country and they have become controlled for the far right that alienates a lot of moderate voters.

They roll out the same tired solutions for healthcare that haven't worked, they dismantled they regulatory oversight for securities markets (look where that got us), they have never seen a environmental law they didn’t fight tooth and nail and they spend their energies fighting homosexual rights, flag burning and any other type of headline grabbing emotional issues instead of paying attention to whets important.
They are a party lost in the wilderness and from the looks of it they seemed fixed on letting the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Regan simply die there.

To paraphrase Hamlet “the fault is not in the stars but in ourselves”
ppg

Andover, CT

#3 May 16, 2009
Voice in the Wilderness wrote:
<quoted text>
The parties problem is not Obama it is itself, they are intellectually bankrupt, controlled by big business, propose zero ideas to solve critical issues facing the country and they have become controlled for the far right that alienates a lot of moderate voters.
They roll out the same tired solutions for healthcare that haven't worked, they dismantled they regulatory oversight for securities markets (look where that got us), they have never seen a environmental law they didn’t fight tooth and nail and they spend their energies fighting homosexual rights, flag burning and any other type of headline grabbing emotional issues instead of paying attention to whets important.
They are a party lost in the wilderness and from the looks of it they seemed fixed on letting the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Regan simply die there.
To paraphrase Hamlet “the fault is not in the stars but in ourselves”
As compared to those currently in office?
"they are intellectually bankrupt". The only idea the current administration and congress have is to let Government fix and take care of you.
"controlled by big business" verses the current congress/administration who wants to control big business.
"they have become controlled for the far right that alienates a lot of moderate voters." verses the current who is controlled by the far left
"They roll out the same tired solutions for healthcare that haven't worked," Why are England, Canada and Germany telling us not to do it their way. The current administration's "tired solution for healthcare" is to (again) let government control ir. When has the government EVER run anything and made it more efficient and cost effective. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., all soon to be bankrupt.(please don't blame Bush for this. They are all to blame)
"they spend their energies fighting homosexual rights" actually, lets not forget the current president ALSO opposes gay marriage
"headline grabbing emotional issues instead of paying attention to
whets [sic] important." Oh, you mean like gays rioting in the streets against people who don't agree with them on Prop. 8 or Perez Hilton personally attacking people that don't agree with him, Keith Olbermann's ad hominem attacks against those he doesn't agree with. Yelling and disrupting conservative speakers on college campuses as they are trying to speak. Nancy Pelosi stating that the CIA constantly lies to congress just to cover herself (even the Panetta called her a liar) etc., etc., etc. Yeh, that's really taking the high road to the "important issues".
Snickersnee

Sullivan, MO

#4 May 16, 2009
Yeah, Republicans really ought to listen to EJ Dionne tell them how to build their party... that'll work. Gaaaaggggg....
GOP Hopeful

Bolton, CT

#5 May 17, 2009
The Republican party has been taken over by people who claim to be "conservatives" or the "right" but who are neither. They believe that anyone who doesn't buy 100% of their views is a "liberal", "socialist", or whatever name they can throw to keep their base angry. As ppg points out, there are obnoxious people on the other side too, but they don't define the party (except in the minds of the angry few).

Charlie Crist is a moderate Republican. Do we really want to claim that he isn't a Republican because he's moderate, or because he doesn't disagree with the President on everything? If we continue to define the party by this angry minority, the party will continue to fail.

Since: Jul 07

Miami, Florida

#6 May 17, 2009
From the article: "Florida voters who call themselves Republicans fell from 41 percent in 2004 to 34 percent in 2008."

I wonder how many more elections will the Florida GOP throw away to support Crist, Obama, ACORN, SEIU and the democrat party?
Blue Dog

Conway, MA

#7 May 17, 2009
GOP Hopeful wrote:
The Republican party has been taken over by people who claim to be "conservatives" or the "right" but who are neither. They believe that anyone who doesn't buy 100% of their views is a "liberal", "socialist", or whatever name they can throw to keep their base angry. As ppg points out, there are obnoxious people on the other side too, but they don't define the party (except in the minds of the angry few).

Charlie Crist is a moderate Republican. Do we really want to claim that he isn't a Republican because he's moderate, or because he doesn't disagree with the President on everything? If we continue to define the party by this angry minority, the party will continue to fail.
You are right on the money, sadly what is largely left of the party is a very reactionary right wing group, from my vantage the party is doomed, even the South is turning away from them.
NBConservative

Plainville, CT

#9 May 18, 2009
"Still, Florida will be one of the clearest tests of whether rank-and-file Republican voters are more interested in doctrinal purity, or in winning."

Well, EJ, they're one and the same in this case, which you gleefully ignore. The Republicans have lost membership and support because they have lost their conservative principles over the last 10 years. Power went to their heads, and they spent money like crazy. A recent poll shows 71% of people want LESS government, not more, as the Democrats and moderate Republicans would give us. Another poll shows that the Democratic Party has also lost members in the last year. But we wouldn't expect a media member like yourself to actually be intellectually honest, would we?
Amazed

Elmhurst, IL

#10 May 18, 2009
The republicans turn my stomach. It isn't so much the ideology as I consider myself right of center, but rather their insane extremism. You can agree with 99% of what they claim they stand for but that is not good enough to escape the socialist tag or the name RINO for the 1% disagreement. What is their message? I guess if you embrace the ELECTED president of the United States, you are not a republican. NEWS FLASH to the republican party: We are Americans first not democrats or republicans. Disagree with Obama on policy but good God don't think an American who agrees with Obama once in awhile is a maoist. Sadly the republicans only seem interested to do to Obama what the hard left did to Bush. Nothing either of them did is good to those two groups of wingnuts and moonbats. Like their far left counterparts the republicans seem to prefer that the USA die rather than accept the fact that in a free society if you FAIL when you govern the people will turn to others for leadership.
Time

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 May 18, 2009
Amazed
Battle Creek, MI

Don't know where you've been all your life, but BOTH sides have their crazy extremists ...

Obama's friend, Bill Ayers, was a member of the quite extreme leftist SDS back in the 60's, and along with his now wife- Bernadette Dorn, engaged in terrorist activities which included bombing police stations.
Ho Chi Minh

United States

#13 May 18, 2009
Time wrote:
Amazed
Battle Creek, MI
Don't know where you've been all your life, but BOTH sides have their crazy extremists ...
Obama's friend, Bill Ayers, was a member of the quite extreme leftist SDS back in the 60's, and along with his now wife- Bernadette Dorn, engaged in terrorist activities which included bombing police stations.
One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.
Bob

United States

#14 May 18, 2009
I have the perfect solution for this countrys' problems. Let's round up all the Republican and Democratic Party leaders and party loyalists, and shoot them all, then start from scratch with new representatives that, when elected, will represent "We the People" instead of "We the Party". Make it perfectly clear to all those newly elected officials that if they EVER put their own Partys' interests before the publics interests, they, too, will be taken out and shot in a very public execution. LET'S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK from the theiving b.a.s.t.a.r.d.s. that "represent" (LOL) us.
Amazed

Elmhurst, IL

#15 May 18, 2009
Time: Reread my post, I do mention the far left nutjobs.
Dick Less Cheney

West Palm Beach, FL

#16 May 18, 2009
AAAARGH!!! The Republican way is the ONLY way. We must always be arrogant and do what's best for our (individual) pocketbooks. If it means alienating all our former allies, then so be it. As long as my pockets are lined with cold hard cash one way or another. There is no other way of looking at things, if you're not a Republican, then you're a puppy killing, mother hating, America hating, terrorist loving, socialist s. o. b. That's the only way to look at things. Now, on to collect more Haliburton blood money!
Richard

Auburn, MA

#17 May 18, 2009
GOP Hopeful wrote:
The Republican party has been taken over by people who claim to be "conservatives" or the "right" but who are neither. They believe that anyone who doesn't buy 100% of their views is a "liberal", "socialist", or whatever name they can throw to keep their base angry. As ppg points out, there are obnoxious people on the other side too, but they don't define the party (except in the minds of the angry few).
Charlie Crist is a moderate Republican. Do we really want to claim that he isn't a Republican because he's moderate, or because he doesn't disagree with the President on everything? If we continue to define the party by this angry minority, the party will continue to fail.
The Republican party deserves its' problems.:-)

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