Thursday, May 28, 2015

Left Out In The Cold

What a shock to see a Republican operative like Peter Wehner (who served in the Reagan, Poppy Bush, and Dubya administrations) think that the Democrats are liberal extremists.  What a greater shock to see Wehner writing an op-ed in the NY Times saying as much.

AMONG liberals, it’s almost universally assumed that of the two major parties, it’s the Republicans who have become more extreme over the years. That’s a self-flattering but false narrative. 
This is not to say the Republican Party hasn’t become a more conservative party. It has. But in the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved substantially further to the left than the Republican Party has shifted to the right. On most major issues the Republican Party hasn’t moved very much from where it was during the Gingrich era in the mid-1990s. 
To see just how far the Democratic Party has moved to the left, compare Barack Obama with Bill Clinton. In 1992, Mr. Clinton ran as a centrist New Democrat. In several respects he governed as one as well. He endorsed a sentencing policy of “three strikes and you’re out,” and he proposed adding 100,000 police officers to the streets. 
In contrast, President Obama’s former attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., criticized what he called “widespread incarceration” and championed the first decrease in the federal prison population in more than three decades. Mr. Obama, meanwhile, has chosen to focus on police abuses.

That's his evidence.   Clinton was a centrist, Obama is a Seekrit Mooslem Marxist Kenyan anti-colonialist Socialist.  (Ironically, he end up making a really good case for electing Hillary out of it too, then paints her of course as an extremist.)

In some respects, like gay rights, the nation is more liberal than it was two decades ago. On the other hand, it is more conservative today than it was in the mid-1990s. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that Republicans have opened substantial leads over Democrats on dealing with terrorism, foreign policy and taxes. They’re competitive on the economy, and a good deal more competitive than in the past on traditional liberal issues like immigration and health care. Self-identified conservatives significantly outnumber self-identified liberals.

Um, no.  They don't, Pete.

But thanks for playing.


akaprofessorchaos said...

Conservatives will always play the victim out of one dude of their mouths while condemning the "culture of victimization" out if the other.

akaprofessorchaos said...

Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are both to the right of Richard Nixon on a lot of issues. And Nicin was considered far-right at the time.
Hell, even Ronald Reagan couldn't get through a Republican primary today. He'd be considered a RINO for raising taxes, trying to shore up Socia Security, negotiating with the Soviets, etc.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama is giving us a healthcare plan designed by the Heritage Foundation!

Odie said...

Nixon was no liberal. He wanted to get reelected and he did by winning in a landslide victory plus the economic climate was really good. So please stop with the Nixon is more liberal than Obama crap.

Scopedog said...

Wait--Clinton and Obama are the right of Nixon!? Which Nixon--the "Southern Strategy" Nixon? The Nixon who used the dirtiest of dirty tricks (Watergate)? The Nixon who frequently spewed out anti semitic and racist remarks (caught on tape, no less)? The Nixon who escalated the war in Vietnam and also interfered with the peace talks in 1968?

Please list the "issues" that Clinton and Obama are to the right of Nixon. Nixon was no liberal but the prototype for the modern GOP.

Horace Boothroyd III said...

That would be the Nixon who lives in the head of "professor" Chaos, the voice that whispers in the night "The Affordable Care Act was designed by the Heritage Foundation!"

Not the actual flesh & blood Nixon, the notorious Red Baiter and racist who despised Jews and F*gg*ts as subhuman scum. Those are the issues where Clinton and Obama are to the right of Nixon, if you define Nixon as the screams echoing in the head of HPD Chaos.

Besides which, anyone who introduces himself as any flavor of "Chaos" begins the conversation with two points on the troll-o-meter.

alboy2 said...

Marco Rubio only understands those things he has been paid to understand. He's a moron, who I predict will never be elected President of this country. I believe he is simply burnishing his conservative credentials as a pathway to replacing the execrable Rick Scott as governor. He's a born loser.

Sisyphe said...

They seem to think that Christ promised they would get to throw the first stone....

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