Jumping the shark elephant (continued)

Jumping the shark elephant (continued)

: John Podhoretz comes as close as I can imagine someone in the New York Post coming to confessing that the Republicans have crossed a few lines and gotten themselves into a political twist:

Ever since the Terry Schiavo controversy took its unexpected turn against the Right in polls ó I say “unexpected” because major Democratic politicians acted as though they thought the issue would benefit the GOP when it was taken up in Congress back in February ó Republicans are privately worried that they’re losing touch with the American people.

The president’s decision to focus the first months of his second term on Social Security reform seems to have backfired, with the public reacting skeptically and nervously about any change to the national pension system. And the media assault on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is beginning to pay off, in part because DeLay’s undeniable tactical brilliance as a legislator is matched only by his advanced case of foot-in-mouth disease….

Add to this a 1,000-point decline in the stock market occasioned in part by rising oil prices and fears of inflation, and you might say that this is the spring of Republican discontent.

There’s a lot of dark talk in Republican and conservative circles about the mainstream media ó about the one-sidedness of the coverage of current political issues and how the American people are being manipulated, especially on the Terri Schiavo matter.

No question about it, the media are on the prowl against the GOP ó but there’s something unseemly about the right-wing whining.

This is why I like Podhoretz: He calls bullshit, even sometimes when it’s his party’s bullshit.

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  • franky

    “No question about it, the media are on the prowl against the GOP ó but there’s something unseemly about the right-wing whining.”
    He calls bullshit? no he does not as is obvious from this paragraph. Delay is as corrupt as they come but once again it’s the media’s fault. but of course that appears as a straight-shooter to some.

  • “in part because DeLay’s undeniable tactical brilliance as a legislator”
    Could he be DeLay’s #1 fan?

  • There should be a pivotal event this weekend in the Focus on the Family and Family Research Council’s “Justice Sunday” event promoting an end to independent judiciary. To date, the extremes of both sides appear to be drowning each other out and by their bad example inspiring the rest of us to seek accomodation and good relations with each other.
    Recently appearing in a strategy planning session which apparently he didn’t know was being taped, reflecting on the political figures to be involved: “Said Dobson: “Sometimes it’s just amazing to me that they seem to forget how they got here.” (Quoted in 2 Evangelicals Want to Strip Courts’ Funds in LATimes 4/22/05.)
    As noted in an editorial on WaPo today by Dr. Gaston of UVA: “Right-wing and fundamentalist Christians are really at war with left-wing and mainstream Christians. It is a battle over both the meaning and practice of Christianity as well as over the definition and destiny of the republic.”
    There is room for a variety of opinions, but not for exclusive control by any particular political group, in all our religions and not just in Christianity. As we can definitively see, lackadaisically allowing control by right-wing extremists has seriously endangered Islam, and now the moderate practitioners are having to struggle to re-assert control. Hopefully we can avoid the same mistakes in the US, in all congregations.

  • paladin

    This is one of those posts that makes me say Hmmmmmm. Who on the left unrelentingly calls bullshit on the Dems/left/libs? I can’t think of one.