To be sure, they don’t use words like that – being all super intellectual and mainstream, you see, they don’t go in for vulgarity. But, that is the sense of Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein when they write this:
A brighter future for politics and policy requires a different Republican Party, one no longer beholden to its hard right and willing to operate within the mainstream of American politics.
Unlike the Democrats who, of course, completely ignore their hard left and are willing to compromise on such things as abortion, right? I mean, if some people just wanted to have some reasonable, humane restrictions on abortion in the later half of pregnancy, these moderate, in-the-mainstream Democrats would have no problem with that. Answer: Wendy Davis. The Great Pink Hope of the Democrat party in Texas who stood tall and brave against an attempt to prevent children 8 months in to pregnancy from being ripped limb from limb by abortionists. Thank goodness for moderate Democrats who operate within the mainstream of American politics.
What, exactly, is the “mainstream of American politics”? It is that big corporations and big government will get bigger while an insulated Ruling Class of corporate and government bureaucrats live high and mighty off the sweat of average Americans. Mann and Ornstein are dead on about one thing:
Any degree of success in this arena requires enlisting a small group of Senate Republicans who have tired of the lockstep opposition to Obama and relish an opportunity to legislate.
Opposition to Obama is “lockstep”, you see? If you bother to read the article, you’ll understand that the authors think that Obama is the one who reached out to the GOP and tried to govern by compromise. But then that dratted TEA Party came along and started to muck everything up (unstated sub-text – dog whistle, as it were – “they are racists who just hate”). Meanwhile, opposition to conservatism is nuanced and willing to compromise…like the way Obama immediately abandoned the birth control mandate when Catholics reasonably pointed out they couldn’t do that without violating their moral beliefs. But it is true that there is a group of Senate Republicans who do relish the opportunity to legislate and if such legislation works out to just giving more power and wealth to the Ruling Class at the expense of the people, so be it. After all, its not the people who pass out invitations to the cool parties, nor can the people ensure a well-paid sinecure once the “small group of Senate Republicans” retires.
As I noted in “You Say You Want a Revolution“, below, its an entire class which is united against us. People like Mann and Ornstein have got their marching orders…provide a patina of intellectual legitimacy for the McCains and Grahams of the GOP to stab the rest of us in the back…go ahead, they say, satisfy your desire to legislate. Step away from those crazies Rand Paul and Ted Cruz (to Mann and Ornstein, the literal pictures of intolerance…and I mean that; the picture posted at the top of their article is Paul and Cruz). You’ll get a nice write up in the Washington Post. You’ll be lauded as a statesman. President Hillary Clinton will award you a Presidential Medal of Freedom. We’ll ensure that your memoirs sell in the millions!
Getting rid of these people will be difficult and then easy. First difficult in finding enough GOPers who will fight – but once we do, we will win and win it all. And then we just cut off the taxpayer funds for the left and be free of them forever.