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"Cheer up Republicans, a moderate Republican won."

by Ziks511 / November 15, 2012 / 1:13 PM UTC
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2012/11/obama_the_moderate_republican_what_the_2012_election_should_teach_the_gop.html

Dear Republicans,

"Sorry about the election. I know how much it hurts when your presidential candidate loses. I've been there many times. You're crestfallen. You can't believe the public voted for that idiot. You fear for your country.

"Cheer up. The guy we just re-elected is a moderate Republican.

"I know how stupid that sounds. Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. For five years, conservative politicians and media told you he was a raving socialist. In the heat of the campaign, when you're trying to beat the guy, it's hard to let go of that image of him, just as it's hard for Democrats to see past the caricatures of Mitt Romney. But now that the campaign is over and you're staring at a second Obama term, the falsity of the propaganda may come as a relief. By and large, Obama's instincts are the instincts of a moderate Republican. His policies are the policies of a moderate Republican. He stands where the GOP used to stand and will someday stand again."

William Saletan. Slate

That makes 2 moderate Republicans elected since 1980, first Clinton, and now Obama.

You think you're angry? You wonder why Democratic Party old timers are disappointed and are pushing for a return to the principles of the Democratic Party of Humphrey and Mondale (but very quiet about it, unlike Conservatives)?

As an FDR Democrat, I haven't had a president during my entire voting life. The last one was LBJ who had his drawbacks. You want to live with devastating upset? Try having worked for Bobby Kennedy's campaign. Do you remember that video of the girl working on the McGovern campaign filmed as she heard the news of Bobby Kennedy's assassination, and bursting into tears, try imagining what it was like for those of us who had chosen to work for Kennedy.

Get over it. I did, decades ago.

Rob
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