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talk about parodies...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 03, 2005

When a Republican acts like a Republican, is it a "parody of pandering," or is he acting "cravenly"?

Hmmm. Could go either way. But if a Republican acts like a Democrat, we know that is a "rare expression of principle."

Robert Kuttner's Boston Globe column has to be seen to be believed. But really, it's just the logical extension of a familiar liberal argument. Having defined all Republicans as extremists, the liberal commentator is shocked-- shocked!-- to find that there are no "moderate" Republicans left in the party.

Oh, yes; another thing: If your actions are motivated by a desire to please the majority of American voters, you are pandering to the extremes. (Most Americans, by Kuttner's criteria, surely qualify as extremists.) If you're motivated by the desire to please Robert Kuttner, you are a man of principle.

And if you even have to ask whether John Roberts is moderate or extreme, you haven't been paying attention.

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  • Posted by: sparch - Aug. 06, 2005 8:30 AM ET USA

    It never ceases to asound me how the left wing extermists couch their opinions as right or wrong in the unspoken scale of what they beleive is rihjt and what others beleive is wrong. Even to approach the subject of learned debate is seen as an opportunitty for them to beat their opponents down by degredation instead of discussion. My greatest fear is that those who are on the edge will listen and be sucked in. God grant us all wisdom.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Aug. 03, 2005 5:20 PM ET USA

    Is there really a great difference between a Republican moderate and a liberal Democrat? How exactly does one measure this difference? Welfare expanded under President Nixon and pragmatically shrunk under Clinton. One would hope for the sake of clear choice that we could clearly differentiate between the positions of the parties and their standard bearers. I would hate to see a fine elephant act like a stupid ass.

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