Skip to comments.Who Killed the Responsible Republican? Bill Kristol, of course.
Posted on 04/18/2010 6:16:48 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Do you remember the Responsible Republicans? In the 1980s, small herds of them still roamed freely around Washington. In 1982, they stampeded over Ronald Reagan's veto of the largest tax increase in history to mitigate the fiscal harm of his 1981 tax cut. In 1983, they converged on Capitol Hill to pass a package of tax increases and benefit cuts recommended by the Greenspan Commission to keep Social Security solvent. In 1986, they followed Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson to pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation by a large majority. In 1990, several were spotted with President George H.W. Bush (the Responsible one) at Andrews Air Force Base, conspiring to reduce the deficit.
After the Andrews summit, however, glimpses of them outside captivity became increasingly rare. With their habitats in the Northeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest under threat and their natural predators on the rise, the status of the species moved from "threatened" to "endangered." Though occasionally spotted on the rocky shoals of Maine's Penobscot Bay and in beach houses up and down the California coast, they now rarely emerge from the wilderness. During the health care battle, President Obama was unable to find a single Responsible Republican to serve as a mascot. There continue to be rumors of the Double R's return around issues such as immigration, financial reform, and climate change. Yet we have now gone several years without a confirmed sighting.
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
. <---- world's smallest violin playing right there, Jake.
.. <—— world’s smallest violin playing right there, Jake.
Now there are two of them!;>)
“Responsible” as in “culprit?”
Are you sure it’s not satire?
Nobody could say “mitigate the fiscal harm of his 1981 tax cut” with a straight face.
Actually, it can be done while munching on a water cress sandwich, or maybe a petite mouthful of arugala.
Responsible: adj., one who supports increased government power, rule by the elites, higher taxes, and socialism, but pretends to support Constitutional limits on government power.
.._x <-Now there are 2 violins, a cello, and a bassoon!
What about the moderate democrat?
It’s called ideology. The Democrap Party is run by a triumvirate of Marxists. Compromise is not possible. These “Responsible Republicans” aka rinos are only cover, useful idiots for the Marxists.
“During the health care battle, President Obama was unable to find a single Responsible Republican to serve as a mascot. “
Even this writer understands any Republican supporting Obama would be just a symbol. What Republican in their right mind would want to be the symbol of the Republican party’s acquiescence to Socialism.
Anyone else tired of socialist American Jews telling us how wrong conservatives are?
They need a conductor
most of the news on fox, rush, hannity et al:
the evil party lies and steals
and the stupid party figures it out afterwards.
I don’t care if they are Unitarians or Episcopal or Animists or Gaia-worshipping Wiccans: I’m tired of socialists, period.
I'm more tired of liberals telling Conservative Christians and Jews that we should forsake God.
As for this analysis at Slate, it is a rehash of an analysis presented at the time Frum was fired, which was posted at FR uncountable times.
“David Frum was fired because he stepped on Kristol’s toes too many times.”
That’s too bad. He should have been fired for being a socialist collaborator and stooge RINO deluxe. Whatever it takes, I guess.
This is about conflicts amongst the NeoCons.
David Frum may have criticized the GOP and the NeoCons' choice of Sarah Palin but he never pointed the finger at Bill Kristol. But that did open the door for other people to criticize Kristol over Palin.
Likewise, Frum criticized the decision not to negotiate on healthcare, but he never pointed the finger at Kristol. But Frum's article opened the door for others to point the finger at Kristol. Now weeks/months later here is thes Slate artile doing the same thing.
Like wise with Liz Cheney. What she said about the Justice Dept lawywers was eventually blamed on Kristol.
Bill Kristol has become a lightning rod for the GOP and, more broadly, the NeoCons have become a lightning rod for the GOP.
The last paragraph takes the cake. The man is hallucinating.
RINO, Neo-Con = GOP LIberal
Sounds like the line-up on MSFoxNews....how many real conservatives host or moderate their programs....
“....stampeded over Ronald Reagan’s veto of the largest tax increase in history to mitigate the fiscal harm of his 1981 tax cut....”
That superb example of a multi-word oxymoron aptly demonstrates the intellectual vacuity of the left.
Fiscal harm indeed. Journalists are so very......well, dumb. Oh, forgot, that’s why they became journalists whilst the rest of us were actually producing things of value.
Given our current situation, maybe a more relevant question Weisberg should ask is “who killed the responsible Democrats?”
Not satire. This libscum has written books such as “The Bush Tragedy.” He’s serious.
You nailed it. From that context, adding this to ...
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... first published in 1756 ... Said the owner, “No more satire is possible. Nothing can beat the outrageousness of what comes out of Washington today. In a sentence: We are plum out of satire.”
Or the patriotic Democrats.
They are as extinct as the Saber Tooth Tiger.
Definition of a Responsible Republican: one whose lips are firmly glued to the posterior of a bigshot Democrat.
"During the health care battle, President Obama was unable to find a single Responsible Republican to serve as a mascot."
...tipped me off that it IS satire. LOL, it's amazing how easy it is to read a couple of paragraphs and conclude that the author is just another hand-wringing socialist pantload.
Well, if there is anything the GOP will try to avoid, it’s lightning rods. If they became controversial, someone might think they could eventually even oppose the DemocRats, instead of being their lapdogs.
William Kristol is not one tenth the threat to progressives that his mother, Gertrude Himmelfarb, is. As Rush pointed out 15 years ago, she has their number cold. But everyone ignores her books.
As long as Neocons oppose something the ‘Rats favor, I have no problem with them. If they want to fight amongst themselves and throw some of their more progressive element, good on ‘em.
(When they are not opposed to the ‘Rats, most of what they say is not worth the powder to blow their noses, I’ll grant you that.)
Good satire. I like how the link to “heretics” goes to an article on Cheney.