NYT editorial, The Next President
His triumph was decisive and sweeping, because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens. He offered a government that does not try to solve every problem but will do those things beyond the power of individual citizens: to regulate the economy fairly, keep the air clean and the food safe, ensure that the sick have access to health care, and educate children to compete in a globalized world.
Its not that hard to understand. For almost fifty years the Right has swore by the sweeping lie that liberals want to turn the nation into a nanny state that rewards laziness. That was never the case. Liberals acknowledged our basic humanity, that sometimes people don’t need a free ride, they need a helping hand. Conservatives in corporate America and in Congress got a free ride on corporate welfare and a market tilted by special special interests. They didn’t break a sweat working, they feed like hogs at the K-Street trough. On would think that the beating Republicans got in the 2006 election cycle would have given them a clue – America had been lied to, swindled and used. What kind of campaign do they run, McCain jacked up on Rovian steroids. Mccain, up until the nomination of Sarah Palin as his VP had made seriousness about governing and experience the centerpieces of his campaign. After the novelty wore off and only the idolaters were left she was nothing but dead weight. She was in fact, as McCain’s first major presidential level decision and offered voters some insight into the real McCain, voters noticed,
GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is.
It wasn’t just that America thought we needed a new executive; they thought we needed a sea change and voted in five new Democratic Senators and 18 new Representatives in the House.
A little reading of the history of the last few decades, a look around and some honest assessment, a reasonable person regardless of partisanship might get a clue and to be fair some Republicans have, but not all,
“Perfectly timed” housing and financial crisis? Maybe this guy could get together with the 9-11 truthers and buy their tin foil wholesale.
The media did it? Now I’m bored. The Right will be repeating this in a cult like chant into infinity. Much like the shin bone is connected to the knee bone, blaming the media is directly connected to the Right’s allergy to accountability.
We’ve had Nixon, Reagan, Bush One and Bush Two – Conservatism put into action always produces governance that is the antithesis of Democracy. Conservatives suck at being guardians of the economy and the middle-class.
Republican blogger and Bush loyalists AJ Starta demonstrates the extraordinary ability of so many Republicans to deny reality, The Day After, Published by AJStrata at 8:41 am under 2008 Elections, All General Discussions
And please, don’t blame Bush – that is one of those idiotic things that repulses a lot of people and garners zero respect. Bush’s remaining supporters (like myself) are definitely not far right, we tend to sit more towards the middle. Blaming Bush because other conservatives cannot attract voters is a lame excuse of denial. There were upsets yesterday, it can be done regardless of Bush. The Dems failed to get their veto proof senate. Moderate democrats are still beating the GOP. This is not a Bush phenomena.
And pieces of the moon make a great blue cheese dressing.
John Derbyshire at The National Review, Sour Loser [John Derbyshire], Wednesday, November 05, 2008
What won this election was the packaging skills of David Axelrod, the swooning complicity of the media, the ruthless opportunism of Barack Obama, and the unprincipled thuggishness of his supporters.
What lost this election was the cloth-eared cluelessness of George W. Bush, the timid squeamishness of John McCain, and the deep lack of interest in conservative principles among Republican primary voters.
Derbyshire must take shooting lessons from Dick Cheney. He aims his twelve gauge at the problem and one pellet hits one target, Dubya. Though he can’t get the reasons right. This is not by way of concern trolling, the Right can sit and spin as much as they please – there is a car wreck quality about it all, one can’t help but take a quick look. Its courageous in an odd way of Derby to call voters names, but wasn’t dumping down the national discourse the Right’s stock and trade.
Michael Alix was head of risk management for Bear Stearns for two years until the institution imploded this spring, a victim of its (risky) subprime-mortgage related investments.
Last Friday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York quietly announced it had hired Alix to advise it on bank supervision.
“You’re kidding me,” said economic policy expert Dean Baker, of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic Policy and Research. While he didn’t know Alix personally, he said, “You would think [his record] would be a big strike against him.”
Conservatives hate government, except for using it to enrich themselves, so it doesn’t matter if they reward failure, or whether their plans work. They get to say – see government is always, in every situation, bad – we told ya so.