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The Republican crack-up(Robert Reich weighs in on the Tea Party;)
Chicago Tribune ^ | December 27, 2011 | Robert Reich

Posted on 12/27/2011 1:59:00 PM PST by mdittmar

With the Iowa caucuses just days away, the Republican crack-up threatens the future of the Grand Old Party more profoundly than at any time since the GOP's eclipse in 1932. That's bad for America.

The crack-up isn't just Romney-the-smooth versus Gingrich-the-bomb-thrower. Not just House Speaker John Boehner, who keeps making agreements he can't keep, versus House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who keeps making trouble he can't control. And not just the GOP establishment versus the Tea Partiers.

The underlying conflict lies deep in the nature and structure of the Republican Party. And its roots are very old.

As political analyst Michael Lind has noted, today's Tea Party is less an ideological movement than the latest incarnation of an angry white minority -- predominantly Southern, mainly rural, largely male -- that has repeatedly attacked American democracy in order to get its way.

It's no coincidence that the states responsible for putting the most Tea Party representatives in the House are all former members of the Confederacy. Others are from border states with significant Southern populations and Southern ties.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Iowa; US: Ohio; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: chicago; chicagotribune; dwarf; illinois; iowa; ohio; partisanmediashills; reich; robertreich; robertreiich; teaparty; thechicagoway; virginia
Hmm,I live in Washington State;)
1 posted on 12/27/2011 1:59:06 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
the latest incarnation of an angry white minority

The only people left who don't want to abort black babies.

2 posted on 12/27/2011 2:05:12 PM PST by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: mdittmar
I guess there were no communist block kommissar meeting Reich could address today.
3 posted on 12/27/2011 2:05:35 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: mdittmar

I miss WA state! I was counting the seconds until the race card was played. Short count. Is that their only tactic? Has this writer even visited the deep South? Let me answer that.. he has most definitely not. If the world remains in proper rotation, I hope to be back in the Pac NW in five years.


4 posted on 12/27/2011 2:06:08 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: mdittmar

What a proverbial pantload!!! Reich, you are a mental midget as well!!!


5 posted on 12/27/2011 2:06:12 PM PST by SierraWasp (I'm done being disappointed by "He/She is the only one who can win" and being embarrassed later!!!)
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To: mdittmar

Robert Reich.

Bullsh*t.

Nuff said.


6 posted on 12/27/2011 2:08:40 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: mdittmar

This is the Third Reich article I’ve read this year, and, like the other two, it stinks!


7 posted on 12/27/2011 2:10:33 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mdittmar

“...today’s Tea Party is less an ideological movement
than the latest incarnation of an angry white minority-
predominantly Southern, mainly rural, largely male-
hat has repeatedly attacked American democracy...”

“...the states responsible for putting the most Tea Party representatives
in the House are all former members of the Confederacy...”
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I really don’t know why anyone gives a flying rat’s ass
what that little sawed off Napoleon complex
piece of shit Reich thinks or has to say.


8 posted on 12/27/2011 2:12:47 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: mdittmar

The diminutive Robert Reich laments that the Tea Party is racist at it’s core and that it will harm the Republican party. Not only is Reich’s claim of Tea Party racism a vicious lie but the pretense that the little socialist gives a crap about the state of the Republican party is absurd. The ‘racist’ label the left keeps trying so hard to stick on the Tea Party just won’t work, no matter how adroitly the leftists attempt to explain the intense opposition to the economy-killing, Marxist policies of Barack Obama. Obama’s skin pigment could be as white as snow and his ancestry pure Anglo-Saxon but his socialist ideology is still rotten to the core and it’s implementation is undermining our country. Obama will continue to be strongly opposed by patriots and no amount of leftist name-calling with stop that opposition.


9 posted on 12/27/2011 2:13:43 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: mdittmar

All the young voters I know repeat the same thing—that the Tea Party is a bunch of racists. The Dems have schooled the young voters well. I tell them the Tea Party is the last firewall between the big government spenders of both parties. And they will be paying the price.....


10 posted on 12/27/2011 2:17:51 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Jack Hammer

“Robert Reich.”

The Left’s MiniMe!


11 posted on 12/27/2011 2:18:17 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: mdittmar

Yep..old robert stays up late at nite (in a small bed no less) worried about the future of the GOP..


12 posted on 12/27/2011 2:20:12 PM PST by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: vette6387

Always half-expect Glenda-the-Good-Witch to show up whenever Bobby Reich hits the tube.


13 posted on 12/27/2011 2:25:38 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Repeal The 17th
I really don’t know why anyone gives a flying rat’s ass what that little sawed off Napoleon complex piece of shit Reich thinks or has to say.

Well,as far as I can tell,he called us all racist.

14 posted on 12/27/2011 2:27:35 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Repeal The 17th

Reich was an ahole 20 years ago during the Clinton administration and I see he’s still an ahole 20 years later.

The TEA Party is trying to save American democracy, not attack it. I’m a TEA Party guy and I’m in Maine, not a Southern state.

I wish this clueless runt would go back to the Lollipop Guild and leave politics to true patriots, not socialists like himself.


15 posted on 12/27/2011 2:28:02 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The "Occupy Wall Street" losers should try occupying their local employment office. GET A JOB!)
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To: mdittmar

Yes, those traditional old south states of Utah and Wisconsin. The left is delusional. They deny reality and pretend their ideas are somehow popular. They have been rejected in all but the deepest blue states.


16 posted on 12/27/2011 2:29:42 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: mdittmar

Reich, the overused trick of attacking, with lies, your candidate’s opposition is, as we all know, supposed to deflect attention from Bambi and his monstrous record in the Whitehouse.
I cannot think of a more obvious and lame attack on the GOP and our candidates. The only “crack-up” will be the result of Obama losing reelection and his childish outrage when that, thankfully, happens. All the tens of millions of dollars being spent to prop up that pathetic excuse of a President will clearly show the criminal methods and “fixes” being used to keep him in office. There is no possible way for O to win, his term is so pathetic and hateful that nothing, not even the full and expensive support of the media will help. After all, O still has to run on his record.
Obama has nothing to run on, nothing, his “record” speaks for itself and there is no way for him to run from it. The GOP, the Tea Party and the American Christians and Jews who believe in the American dream will prevail. I believe America’s best days lie ahead. God Bless America!


17 posted on 12/27/2011 2:30:11 PM PST by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: mdittmar

Yawn....Robert who?


18 posted on 12/27/2011 2:34:36 PM PST by Paperdoll (on the cutting edge)
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To: mdittmar
lollipop guild Pictures, Images and Photos

And just like that, the Tea Party lost the Lollipop Guild endorsement...

19 posted on 12/27/2011 2:38:07 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

That’s just “mean spited”;)


20 posted on 12/27/2011 2:46:41 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar; SunkenCiv; Clintonfatigued; jazusamo; AuH2ORepublican; Sean Hannity; holdonnow; ...
Reich delivers a 'Rats-eye view of the Republican Party and the Tea Party. When you're supporting a president running for re-election who is so unpopular, I suppose there's a tendency to fly totally off the handle and lose contact with reality in discussing those challenging your hegemony. Actually "ranting" here would be more accurate than "discussing."

Reich clearly longs for the "good old days" when his party held the White House, Republicans were minorities in both houses of Congress, and the GOP and played "go along to get along" with the dominant 'Rat majorities.

21 posted on 12/27/2011 2:48:29 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: mdittmar
Well Robert Reich, if that's the case maybe the South will rise again. Much better trained, prepared, equipped, and resourced this time I would suspect.
22 posted on 12/27/2011 3:11:40 PM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: mdittmar

Holy Crap...just read the article. Reich needs to buy a history book. He even tries to co-opt the Civil Rights act, of which the RATS wouldn’t vote for.


23 posted on 12/27/2011 3:14:28 PM PST by stylin19a (obama - "FREDO" smart)
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To: justiceseeker93
Government Must Spend More To Get Out Of Debt
24 posted on 12/27/2011 3:17:54 PM PST by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: Fu-fu2

Did you also tell them how the Tea Party has supported Herman Cain? Someone once said that the young are easy marks for totalitarian demagogues because they’re full of idealism for changing the world, and really know less that they think they do.


25 posted on 12/27/2011 3:18:17 PM PST by Jacob Kell (Osama/Obama the only difference is BS.)
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To: justiceseeker93

He wrote that when Michael was Speaker before Gingrich how it was so much better, the Republicans would rollover for the democrats, excuse me I think he actually said “compromise”.

I must add that when Newt was deposed and Hastert became Speaker the rolling over and spending spree began anew.


26 posted on 12/27/2011 3:20:14 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: mdittmar

Robert Reich is embarassed. When it comes time to hang traitors like Reich, we won’t need a rope, but only kit string.


27 posted on 12/27/2011 3:23:35 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Repeal The 17th

Speaking as from a former confederate state— this bozo is working a personal paradigm he thinks will cause “knee jerk” oh yeahs from people.

Quite simply he is way beyond his limited capacities. The TEA party began on CNBC— he seems to forget that, and the make up is not demographically as he has described it. This is all wishful thinking— especially from a “instructor” who inflated his resume to economics professor, who worked for a president from a confederate state— whose mentor Fulbright voted against the Civil Rights Act. Jackass.


28 posted on 12/27/2011 3:27:47 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: mdittmar
"It's also dangerous for America. We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing. Our democracy can't work any other way. "

The last few sentences of the article are weird, maybe revealing.

If Americans find this philosophy so abhorrent, would it not benefit the Democrats immensely? It seems Reich is far more interested in stopping this emergent force in the GOP than he is meeting it at the ballot box.

Yes, we're talking about the re-emergence of the Angry White Male...and we brought our wives and sisters with us this time.

I fully expect 75% of the white vote to vote GOP in 2012. Maybe 80%.

I know a couple of "mainstream California Progressives" at work and the only thing they know for sure is that they can NOT vote for anyone now running. Generally they like Obamas' political philosophy, but they cannot abide the overt filth, flaunting of law and general incompetence.

And the race baiting is beginning to bother even them.

29 posted on 12/27/2011 3:40:27 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: mdittmar

Someone should send Commissar Reich a copy of Hayek’s “The Road To Serfdom.” Make sure the copy has large letters so Reich can understand it more easily. No, maybe someone should read it to him.


30 posted on 12/27/2011 3:50:03 PM PST by driftless2
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To: VeniVidiVici
"kommissar"

Congrats. You got there before I did. I guess this little jerk just can't stop being a lying a...hole I. He's now crossed the line into scoundrel territory.

31 posted on 12/27/2011 3:53:39 PM PST by driftless2
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks justiceseeker93.


32 posted on 12/27/2011 6:00:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: mdittmar

Reich lives so far inside the liberal bubble that anything he says is worthless. He sees and interacts with people who only think like he does.


33 posted on 12/27/2011 6:36:53 PM PST by gusty
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To: All

Robert Reich proves that he’s a genuine lightweight even if he stood 6’5”...he’s a mental midget who is continually wrong about everything political, economic and labor related.


34 posted on 12/28/2011 4:09:50 AM PST by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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