Longtime readers might remember Young Master Timothy Stanley from Telegraph UK ("Twit Defeats Straw Man") who online CV tells us that he divides his time "between London and Los Angeles, with the occasional weekend in Washington DC" is interested in "religion, conservatism, elections, and culture" defines his "politics as Anarcho-Catholic – an eclectic kind of pacifistic, red meat eating, gun loving, tax hating, Buddha hugging voodoo" is "a bit obsessed with Sarah Palin" and is currently working on a biography of Pat Buchanan.
Well Timmy has spoken in again, in the language which the American Beltway loves the most:
No Liberals love David Brooks, but please continues.The Democrats are radical, divided and just as messed up as the RepublicansDavid Brooks is right: the Republicans are undermined by the extremism of their base. But so are the Democrats. Big timeThe enemy of my enemy is suddenly my new best friend. And so many liberals love David Brooks right now, the conservative writer who has penned a much quoted column tearing apart the Republicans.
Brooks says that the GOP has been hijacked by idiots, bigots, shouters and Trumpettes – crippling the Republican Party and bringing government to a standstill. The Right is in crisis. Brooks is correct on many points, but he misses the bigger picture: American politics as a whole is in trouble...
Sure the Right is nuts, but you know who's worse? Who's actually to blame for them going mad?
But are things really much better on the American Left? No. For a start, they lost the midterm elections for a good reason: anger at Barack Obama. Obama has reshaped the Democrats away from the Clintonite centrism of the 1990s and towards a more ideological liberalism that has redefined political debate. If the Right has moved further to the right, it is in part in allergic reaction to the Democrats moving so far to the left. Grassroots conservatives have been energised by the administration’s endless toying with the gun issue, its blinkered defence of Planned Parenthood’s abortion services, its controversial healthcare reforms, its politicisation of the justice department, its sticky relations with Israel and its failure to enforce immigration laws.
Also too, Obama is uppity. which has made Conservative meatsticks crazy.
Obama’s arrogant, elitist personality has had a deleterious effect upon US politics.
Just goes to show you, whenever God closes a Sullivan
FEBRUARY 11, 2015He opens a Stanley.
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