talk about parodies...

By Diogenes (articles - email) | 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.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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