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I'm not a Democrat. I'm an anti-Republican. (Because - Benghazi hearings)
The Week ^ | May 13, 2014 | Damon Linker

Posted on 05/13/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country.

Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, "Why I am no longer a Republican." A more accurate (though admittedly more ponderous) title would have been, "One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican."

That important reason was the Iraq War, which I never supported and which the Bush administration and its legion of defenders in Washington and around the country justified in terms that struck me at the time as highly ideological, fundamentally anti-empirical, and more than a little paranoid. Let's just say that nothing that happened after the initial invasion persuaded me that my original instincts were wrong.

If the Iraq War debacle had been an isolated incident — one that Republicans forthrightly acknowledged as a mistake and showed signs of learning from — it's possible that I wouldn't have bolted the party.

But it wasn't an isolated incident. It was the start of a whole new era for the GOP — an era in which the stridently ideological, anti-empirical, and paranoid tendencies that gained the upper hand in the run-up to the Iraq War (and which had always been present in certain factions of the conservative movement) infected the party from top to bottom, corrupting its thinking on foreign and domestic policy and inspiring its lockstep opposition to the Obama administration's governing agenda from day one.

Today, my voting record says I'm a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don't identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition....

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KEYWORDS: barkingmoonbat; benghazi; cheeseandwhine; damonlinker; dnctalkingpoints; hillary; iraq; newsweak; obama; obamavoter; pravdamedia
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I love these "... and as a life-long Republican, blah-blah-blah, yada-yada-yada..." columns and letters-to-the-editor screeds.

Damon Linker is a senior correspondent at TheWeek.com. He is also a consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and the author of The Theocons and The Religious Test.

1 posted on 05/13/2014 1:59:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country.

"I'll take 'Watergate' for $500, Alex."

2 posted on 05/13/2014 2:01:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even Leon Panetta says the House special committee on Benghazi is appropriate.

Game over.


3 posted on 05/13/2014 2:02:26 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe they are a life-long moron.
4 posted on 05/13/2014 2:02:57 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the title of the article is a bald faced lie, is there any point to reading and de-bunking the rest?


5 posted on 05/13/2014 2:02:59 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

~~~Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012.~~~

As if we needed to know anything else. This much was pretty obvious.

Scared. They seem to be really scared.


6 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:10 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s an idiot.


7 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:11 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Today, my voting record says I’m a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition....


No loyalty to dems....darn liar.


8 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:45 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They dragged Chris Stevens into the streets and raped him.


9 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:52 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fed up with all the @$$***** who refer back to the Iraq War. Anybody who thinks that all there is to know about Saddam’s Iraq is in the public view is either lying or a fool.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:55 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In recent years, he has taught critical writing at Penn and worked as a senior editor at Newsweek/​The Daily Beast. Yep, he's lying.
11 posted on 05/13/2014 2:03:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, these so called Republican tools. Pfft..

Really tiresome. Funny how these trolls then seek to inflict maximum damage on Republicans by expressing these fake outrages, which are always framed in the most morally superior contexts.

This guy is against the Benghazi hearings? Wow. coincidentally, so is every Democrats! That really is just a coincidence, right?

Spare me, troll.

12 posted on 05/13/2014 2:04:16 PM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It doesn’t sound to me as though this moron ever was a Republican. I’m no longer a Republican either but I sure as hell ain’t no commie ‘RAT. This clown is an idiot.


13 posted on 05/13/2014 2:04:37 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Typical agitprop trying to scare nervous Pubbies away from this


14 posted on 05/13/2014 2:05:12 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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15 posted on 05/13/2014 2:05:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I voted for Kerry in 2004

I guess he musta missed the part where Jon Carry voted for the same Iraq War that the eeeevil Bush was forcing on the Country.

"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force -- if necessary -- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."

-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..."

-- Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

Me thinks this author is a blatant liar on many levels.

16 posted on 05/13/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT by digger48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm not a Democrat. | Damon Linker

Of course, your a Dem. And the worst kind.

17 posted on 05/13/2014 2:06:40 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Fledermaus

Apparently a life long idiot.


18 posted on 05/13/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy was never a Republican. I don’t support the GOPe, but I believe we can turn the party around to supporting constitutional principals. Got to remove the Rove types as the voices of the party. Go Levin, let’s add some language to the Constitution to prevent the contortion and distortion the courts (Democrat stooges) have put in place.


19 posted on 05/13/2014 2:07:01 PM PDT by TStro (Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Anybody seen the list of Democrats who voted FOR the Iraq war? It is a long, long list.

Anybody seen the long list of public quotes from Democrats stating their belief that Saddam had to go, along with their believe that Saddam had WMDs?

Anybody ever seen the list of dozens and dozens of UN resolutions that Saddam defied.

Democrats, always on the wrong side of history, then look to rewrite it. Always.

20 posted on 05/13/2014 2:07:52 PM PDT by Obadiah (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“unhinged obsessions”.... “Good of the country”...

Remember kiddies...
Nothing is a crime if Committed-While-Democrat!

Just ask anyone at CBS/ABC/CNN/MSNBC/NPR/NBC/E!/TMA/TheDailyShow/WashPost/Pacifica/NYTimes about this.


21 posted on 05/13/2014 2:08:22 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
"Newsweek/​The Daily Beast" If you think Tina Brown allows anyone in her employ that doesn't tow the Democrat/gay agenda, you're smoking something wacky.
22 posted on 05/13/2014 2:09:58 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Damon sounds like he’s been listening to too much Jackson Browne.


23 posted on 05/13/2014 2:11:22 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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24 posted on 05/13/2014 2:12:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama surrendered at Benghazi. He cut a surrender deal with Al Qaeda. Then, he provided Al Qaeda with funds, weapons, armored vehicles and night vision equipment. That is treason. That’s why the Democrats are fighting this to the death. It could be life or death for some of them.


25 posted on 05/13/2014 2:12:51 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: tcrlaf

“Nothing is a crime if Committed-While-Democrat!”

It seems lefties have an “assumption of benevolent intent” towards all ‘rat politicians.

Even if they do commit technically illegal acts,
it’s OK because they mean well.


26 posted on 05/13/2014 2:14:35 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: pogo101

Yup. I’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Leon Panetta for all those years of faithfully serving the RAT machine in congress and other appointed positions. In the end, they throw him under the bus for showing a little integrity on this one single solitary issue.


27 posted on 05/13/2014 2:15:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well then, instead of telling you to eat s**t, how about you eat some used food?


28 posted on 05/13/2014 2:16:36 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From what I skimmed, this is the typical leftist moron.


29 posted on 05/13/2014 2:18:08 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why do you suppose that this fragile shell of a man ever supported the Republican Party? I don’t believe him; he’s probably a homosexual, if I were to guess. Bob


30 posted on 05/13/2014 2:19:43 PM PDT by alstewartfan (Down the legions of years the invaders have taken this land And bent you to their will. Al Stewart)
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To: Tzimisce
They dragged Chris Stevens into the streets and raped him.

Yep. They did just because they could. Here is a guy who was totally loyal to party and state department, went to the right schools, toed the party line faithfully, was even the right sexual orientation and they toss him under the bus just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

31 posted on 05/13/2014 2:19:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Back in March 2013, I wrote a column titled, "Why I am no longer a Republican." A more accurate (though admittedly more ponderous) title would have been, "One important reason among many that I am no longer a Republican."

This guy is way too into himself. Why would anyone else care about his opinions enough to read all his opuses?

Today, my voting record says I'm a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don't identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition.

That's also silly. I suppose in Damon's media world, everybody he meets is a slave to one party or the other, to one party's monolithic world view or the other's.

In the real world, at least a quarter -- maybe a third -- of voters don't feel strong loyalty or attachment or identification with either of the two major parties.

People out there are Democrats or Republicans in the same way that Damon Linker is a Democrat -- not a Republican -- because they dislike the party they usually (or always) vote for less than the other one.

But we don't feel the need to send out missives regularly about our opinions and their evolution.

32 posted on 05/13/2014 2:22:45 PM PDT by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, PLEASE Damon. You live near Philadelphia. We are SO close to making progress there. What do we have to do to persuade you and your Ithaca-educated wife to become Republicans and put our Grand Old Party over the top in Philadelphia?


33 posted on 05/13/2014 2:23:06 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you can tell me why 4 Americans died on American soil and no one came to their aid or was held accountable, then I will agree with you.


34 posted on 05/13/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT by impactplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you vote for a Marxist, what does that make you?

Pray America wakes up


35 posted on 05/13/2014 2:23:56 PM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess he wasn’t getting the invites to all the cool people’s parties he was expecting..................


36 posted on 05/13/2014 2:24:12 PM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...Today, my voting record says I'm a Democrat. I voted for Kerry in 2004 and Obama in 2008 and 2012. I nearly always support Democrats in House, Senate, and gubernatorial elections. But I don't identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

37 posted on 05/13/2014 2:26:31 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What bunch of BS nonsense.


38 posted on 05/13/2014 2:28:35 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Tzimisce

........while he was dying, while Obama was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas. This guy doesn’t care to know what happened?


39 posted on 05/13/2014 2:29:05 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another Commie justifying his transgressions?


40 posted on 05/13/2014 2:33:44 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: impactplayer

If you can tell me why anyone would offer themselves to the Diplomatic Corps or even the Military after Benghazi?

The ‘you are expendable’ message sent to people ‘managing’ our foreign policy and military recruits is unmissable.


41 posted on 05/13/2014 2:35:05 PM PDT by txhurl (Trump/Cruz '16, and everybody else for Cabinet members.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Old hat. There were the anti anti-communists. People who were not members of the communist party, but hated all those against them. Same thing.

This Damon individual can scribble screeds all day and it won't change the fact that he's a leftist POS.

42 posted on 05/13/2014 2:40:44 PM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: digger48

If Linker isn’t lying, then we can go back to the ‘90s and the Clinton admin passing the Saddam Hussein removal act “by any means necessary” and find out what Linker thought about that. What do you bet Linker didn’t say anything at the time?


43 posted on 05/13/2014 2:42:28 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a simple admission that he won’t take a stand on anything he’s for but he certainly knows how to hate whoever he’s been told to. He’s also being paid for the word, and “I” is easy to type.


44 posted on 05/13/2014 2:45:31 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Damon is not too bright.

Let's put the Iraq War in context. We were in a state of war with Iraq, under a cease fire.

I left out the 500,000+ people Saddam had killed because, after all, Damon wouldn't care about those filthy little brown people. Right? /s

45 posted on 05/13/2014 2:48:24 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Damon, you are not anti-republican. You are an azzhole.


46 posted on 05/13/2014 2:49:12 PM PDT by entropy12 (I am sick of people who think Obama is no worse than Romney, as bad as Mitt was.)
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To: RginTN
But I don’t identify closely with or feel deep loyalty to the Democratic Party, its agenda, or its electoral coalition....

but he voted for Kerry and Obama, and he is against the Benghazi hearings... in the words sung by Olivia Newton-John, "please mister, please..."

47 posted on 05/13/2014 2:56:50 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any “life-long Republican” who votes for the Communist-Democrats now is either lying, stupid or insane.


48 posted on 05/13/2014 2:59:07 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: latina4dubya

Maybe he’ll try to sell us this bridge in Brooklyn next......I hear it’s a stellar investment.


49 posted on 05/13/2014 2:59:25 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The desperation of liberals is being realized. They see it all slipping away in the next 2 years...returning them to the hell of minority party with a conservative in the White House.

Expect these types of letters to be written nationwide, to your local paper, by libs who hope to depress our turnout.


50 posted on 05/13/2014 3:59:44 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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