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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Radical Center

Count me as part of this group:
"[DLC Policy Chief Ed] Kilgore is part of a remarkable phenomenon: the radicalizing of the center left. He's part of a crowd that includes people like Paul Krugman, Al Franken, Howard Dean, Atrios, and [Kevin Drum]: liberals who are basically fairly moderate in policy terms but who have been appalled to discover that what seems unthinkable actually appears to be true. The modern Republican party really does seem to want to wreck the federal government."

I consider myself center-left in terms of policy, but I come off as an extremist when it comes to the Republican party. This is because while I am drifting to the right, the GOP is racing off into rightwing oblivion, and they are using some of the shadiest and most underhanded tactics to bring the rest of us with them.

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  1. Here's the time for some relativism(in a sense). "This is because while I am drifting to the right, the GOP is racing off into rightwing oblivion, and they are using some of the shadiest and most underhanded tactics to bring the rest of us with them." If, and it is very possible that this isn't the case, I'm interpreting this correctly it means that a) You think that republicans are controlling our minds, our thoughts, somehow forcing us to think a certain way with unforseen powers. b) You would have us believe that Republicans are the only ones that use underhanded tactics in politics. Lets address the latter half first: Underhanded tactics are part of politics, and the fact that the Democratic party succeeds in casting themselves in a "nice guy" image and the Republicans in the "evil guy who wants to take away granny's wheelchair, disenfranchise black people, suck money from poor people, and let everyone kill each other with assault weapons" image doesn't change the reality that dirty tricks are political, and not unique to any party. I cite for you Bob Toricelli, John Edwards(Dummy Tax corp. scandal), and the one, the only, the incomparable Slick Willy J. The thing is that for every Tom Delay(the real root of all of your anger), there is a Democratic rep. whose dealings are comparable. The reality, I guess, is that you do not think that what lies waiting for those who drift to the far left is very bad at all, and you think that what's waiting on the far right is unspeakable; in the end, I agree that centrism is the best for the country. Two small other things: 1. I wouldn't want to associate myself with Paul Krugman or Al Franken, that's just me. 2. To say that "The modern Republican party really does seem to want to wreck the federal government," is ludicrous. The fact is that even this statement, at its heart, is a veiled attack on Republican policy, since your anger with the way BUsh and Co. run the government isn't about the well-being of the government, but the effective use of the government(If that makes sense). Anyway, If there is a "Little Schraub" I saw him on Whitman Shorts today. Do tell.

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