In the Arena

Reality Wins

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It’s always fun to check in with Rush Limbaugh after a big Republican loss–and today was no exception. He was whiny apoplectic, especially when it came to the difficulty of appealing to non-white voters. Isn’t Condoleezza Rice enough? He screamed. Isn’t Marco Rubio enough?

But of course, El Rushbo knew the answer was no. So do we have to “embrace amnesty” for illegal immigrants? Well, embracing rather than demagoguing the Dream Act might have been nice. And do we have to provide free contraceptives to get the women’s vote? Well, uh, haven’t you been Limbaboonic on that one enough already?

This was, of course, disingenuous. And we have seen other such denials from wingnuts today. Bill Kristol posted this poem lovely Yeats poem:

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing

Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors’ eyes;
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

Emphasis mine…And this, from a gentleman who financed robo-calls that posited a mock debate between Barack Obama and Benyamin Netanyahu! Adios, Bomber Boy.

But there was also a strong streak of sanity from the likes of David Frum and Ross Douthat, of course, and even in less reality-based precincts, like Jennifer Rubin’s blog. The more general Republican line is that Obama doesn’t have a mandate. Tomorrow, in the print issue, I’ll argue that he does indeed have a mandate–for moderation. And the clarity of that mandate was made manifest when Mitt Romney suddenly became a viable candidate in the last month of the campaign–by moving to the center.

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JohnYuEsq
JohnYuEsq

Joe, keep their feet's to the fire!  Remember, 75% taxes on the highest 1%!  Nothing less will do.

giantsloar
giantsloar

Hate radio and Fox Nooze are killing the GOP. Viva hate radio and Fox Nooze!

sandifjm
sandifjm

"Isn't Marco Rubio enough?!"  Hahaha...I tuned in to ol' Rush the day after just in case he actually had a stroke on air. I wouldn't want to miss that.

kathy
kathy

Glad to hear that little bit of snark.  The thing that pleases me most, next to the election results, is the math  smack down of the right wing.  There's no way to spin the accuracy of the polls.  I can only hope that some people who are ready to be sane will have the scales fall from their eyes when they realize the contortions the right went through to deny the polls, which proved spot on.  As some pollster is reported to have said somewhere this month, "When Republicans hear bad news from a pollster they want to shoot the pollster.  When Democrats hear bad news from a pollster they want to shoot themselves." There are a lot of reasons for that amusing truth, but one is that Democrats are reality based.

I'm hoping that Democrats will find a way to say "Remember how you didn't believe the polls?  And you know how you don't believe the scientists about Global Warming?  How about if the scientists are right about that, too?"

sucorazon2010
sucorazon2010

I pray to God that Rush Limbaugh,Bill O'Reilly,Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich,Santorum,and all right wing nuts be alive and happy !!

May the Tea Party continue its dominance of the Republican Party !!

This will ensure democrats to stay in the White House and 'keep saving this nation' !!

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

I’ll argue that he does indeed have a mandate–for moderation. And the clarity of that mandate was made manifest when Mitt Romney suddenly became a viable candidate in the last month of the campaign–by moving to the center.

Cue Stuart Z in 4..3..2..1..

MrObvious
MrObvious

I listen to Micheal Medved today and I loved his take on it. When a caller called in and explained how they needed to build up the ground game for 2014 and 16 Micheal instead said that that's all well and good, but right now GOP have to deal with the issues at hand by coming together and work with the president and Harry Reid. Despite what he might think about both of them

Those are them cards on the table.

And when someone called in and mumbled something about the dems won because of all the people who felt they were entitled and wanted to keep their unemployment checks and food stamps Micheal read the statistics of the overwhelming majority of post graduates that voted for dems. And ended with the fact that people on food stamp is a problem and have to be fixed. Not that it was a democratic entitlement problem.

It's clear that some conservatives are will to throw others under the bus and that there are those that are realistic about the issues and only sees a compromise as a way forward as suppose to ideological suicide into oblivion.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Add Connor Friedersdorf to the list of sane conservatives. How Conservative Media Lost to the MSM and Failed the Rank and Filehttp://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/how-conservative-media-lost-to-the-msm-and-failed-the-rank-and-file/264855/

"On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find."

tommyudo
tommyudo

So the Right doesn't think Barack has a mandate - that's rich. Their guy in 2000 won by one SCOTUS vote and from day one he and Cheney for eight years ran roughshod over the Constitution like they had a 50 state wipe out. Barack will have a mandate if he chooses to. He has a great chance in the next four years to be a transformational President , like the two Roosevelts.

Last night there was a battle between the myth, "individualism", that you're on your own, and the reality, which is community, and that "we are all in this together". Lincoln's "better angels of our nature" won last tonight. 

TyPollard
TyPollard

I'm not surprised you would see a mandate for moderation since Obama is a Centrist of your persuasion.

HudsonValleyTim
HudsonValleyTim

@S_Deemer Remarkable...Conservative media giving props to our good friend Nate Silver.  Up next....flying pigs

Kiwipolitico6
Kiwipolitico6

@tommyudo It's not an issue of whether Obama was legitimately elected with enough of a majority -the debate about 'mandate' is really referring to what kind of policy mandate the second term POTUS has for some of the more partisan measures he undertook (or pledged to do) before and during his first term in office.  The biggest one of these is tax hikes for the wealthy -there'll be debate over whether a 52% popular vote majority gives Obama the 'green light' (you could replace that term for 'mandate') to go ahead with tax rate hikes on the wealthy that the GOP has always argued will hurt small business and stifle job and economic growth.  The test of how strong the mandate is will be whether Obama can get measures like this through the senate and congress.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Ty, President Obama is a centrist, not a leftist.  That position existed only in the eyes of the right-wingers who are so far over the right edge that everything looks left. If he was a true liberal, we would have the 20% cheaper "Medicare for All" instead of a system where someone makes a profit by keeping people sick.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Kiwipolitico6 @tommyudo Well, he could do absolutely nothing and the tax hikes will take place without him. The tax hikes were passed originally via reconciliation and have a sunset provision unless renewed. Partisan measure?