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Subject: Politics Today

Written By: danootaandme on 10/09/09 at 1:47 pm

To the point


Op-Ed Columnist

The Politics of Spite

Published: October 4, 2009

There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games.

“Cheers erupted” at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard, according to a blog post by a member of the magazine’s staff, with the headline “Obama loses! Obama loses!” Rush Limbaugh declared himself “gleeful.” “World Rejects Obama,” gloated the Drudge Report. And so on.

So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.

But more important, the episode illustrated an essential truth about the state of American politics: at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America.

Subject: Re: Politics Today

Written By: SemperYoda on 10/09/09 at 2:29 pm

Seems right on to me. 

Subject: Re: Politics Today

Written By: philbo on 10/09/09 at 5:50 pm

It's taken him this long to notice?

Subject: Re: Politics Today

Written By: Macphisto on 10/09/09 at 7:04 pm

Funny how the Democrats mostly haven't used the "you hate America" line like so many neocons did when liberals were openly happy about Bush's failures.

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