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By Al Schumann on Thursday November 8, 2007 12:24 AM

There was a time when conservatives used to commonly insult liberals with an accusation that they were empty “pomo relativists.”

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The Democrats are empty pomo relativists. That’s one reason why the insult works so well.

The Republican is a simple creature. He sees Clinton kick the bloody guts out of small countries. So it’s only fair for Bush to get a turn. Clinton got his chance to extraodinarily rendition evildoers. Bush deserves his chance at that too. The Republican sees Clinton pass security state legislation, but the Democrats howl with dismay when Bush does, even though their leaders go along with him. The Republican rages against RINOs, but lines up behind them just the same at election time. He sees the Democrats rage against DINOs, but line up behind them just the same. The Republican reads “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!” to his kids. The Democrat reads “Why Mommy is a Democrat” to his. The Democrat has his bad faith, Nader-baiting dolchstosslegende. Therefore the Republican is entitled to have his bad faith prog-baiting dolchstosslegende. But the Democrats cavil about that, proving to the Republicans once again that they’re miserably dishonest and unfair.

The Republican knows that Democrats are not only just like him — feckless, wrathful, infantilized, incapable of acting on their convictions — they’re also hypocrites who enjoy deluding themselves about the way the real world works. So when a wingnut ├╝berdude calls them names, they’ve got it coming and better just suck it up, the whining so-and-sos. They’ll have their chance for payback in the Clinton Restoration.

The Republican world view is a stupid, simplistic and vicious one, but it is arguably more coherent than the Democrat’s.

And that’s a very sad thing :’-(

Comments (5)

op:

scruggs
do we need to consider this:

the reagan co alition is braking apart

the born again crossers
and
their good buddies
the corporate double crossers
are both cruisin
for a white people bruisin

can the war on undocs
be fought to a brutal knock out finish ??
not by these two incarnations of shit politics

nope

we'll need an old south old west combo strategy
a posse klanotatus

a real update
complete with black auxiliaries

JK Galbraith had it exactly right in his under-appreciated _Culture of Contentment_: the Rs are simply a superior political party. They have two constituencies, and represent both strongly, giving those folks what they ask for.

The Ds are hapless vote-stealing backstabbing crooks who flip their backers the bird at every turn.

Killiam and Killary Klinton simply invented the latest, greatest Halloween costume for classic D douchebaggery.

JJR:

I dunno...isn't the Republican dolchstosslegende, um, Ross Perot? GOP loyalists love to slam Libertarians as "Loosertarians", etc.

George W. Bush is the ultimate Postmodern president...remember the Neocon staffer who baldly declared to a reporter "the world doesn't work that way anymore, we're an Empire now, we CREATE our own reality", etc?

PoMo has way-more benefited the Rightwingers and religious nuts than anybody else, by making irrationalism fashionable again.

Scruggs:
I dunno...isn't the Republican dolchstosslegende, um, Ross Perot? GOP loyalists love to slam Libertarians as "Loosertarians", etc.

Are they still bitter about those pie charts? Serves them right if they are.

I was going after their most grandiose, apocalyptic stab in the back, in which we all die because the Democrats appease the Hitler du Jour -- the one where we all wind up wearing burqas and getting our heads chopped, the mushroom cloud from the nuke flown in on a weedwhacker, the biowarfare pestilence from the Winnebagos of Death, etc. . . Those are all propagated in bad faith as election talking points. They work very well too. The majority of Democrats line up to offer a lite version, heming and hawing, blustering about the excesses, but accommodating the Republicans nevertheless. The Dems in their turn blame the ascendancy of grandiose nuttery on the people who will have none of it. It worked the same way during the Cold War.

Who's more pomo, the grandiose nutters or the people who grumble a little about grandiose nuttery, but find it in their hearts to actively work with it and elect people who will legitimize it?

George W. Bush is the ultimate Postmodern president...remember the Neocon staffer who baldly declared to a reporter "the world doesn't work that way anymore, we're an Empire now, we CREATE our own reality", etc?

All the more reason not to work with him. What kind of loon would vote to commend him? Or sign off on his security state proposals?

PoMo has way-more benefited the Rightwingers and religious nuts than anybody else, by making irrationalism fashionable again.

There was no golden age of rational thought.

Matt Hardwick:

JJR, this is probably very futile on my part to write this, but you actually raise several very interesting points:

I dunno...isn't the Republican dolchstosslegende, um, Ross Perot?

No, it is not.

Google or whatev the 1995 United We Stand America convention, and the GOP Presidential Candidates who showed up. You'll have to type in a whole lot of names, because if I remember correctly, all of them showed up. Or nearly all of them, which amounts to the same thing.

Also: look around for information on the roots of the 1994 Contract With America; a lot of it's based on Perot's agenda.

Anyway, compare what you've found with the respect (sic) Nader was given after 2000. Except for maybe the rallies/concerts thingy that Springsteen & co. held for Kerry in '04, they didn't even bother to rip off his campaign strategy and tactics. Dean himself rose to power through copying decades upon decades of quasi-public-domain Republican s & t that was and is just sitting there. The Meetup.com resource, which would seem to be a Naderesque touch, was but a few passages from The Great Good Place ripe with potential, back in 2000. (And, to be fair to Deaniacs, a compliment to the insight of Joe Trippi and company.

GOP loyalists love to slam Libertarians as "Loosertarians",

Have they always done this? This is more a tale of what happens when it political party doesn't have self-confidence than a "GOP does it too!" brag. Yes, they did it in the late 1970s, when they had been stung by Watergate and didn't have control of Congress or the White House. And they're doing it now, when as a probably unintended consequence of highly sophisticated political campaign techniques, the polling margin between victory and defeat is razor-thin.

And admittedly, I don't know about when the GOP controlled the White House and the Senate, during the 1980s, early 90s. But at least in the mid-90s, even the most theocratic of Christian Fundamentalists were calling themselves "libertarians", and hiding any actual disagreement they might have with Hayek and that Russkie atheistic harlot Rand as best they could. Again, google this if you want; I'm pretty sure that loads and loads of links will back me up on it.

etc.

...Why do I have the feeling that further examples of this "etc." will at best indicate that the GOP rank-and-file is far more independent than the Donks?

I'm stopping here, because even though I detect a note of envy that the Rightwingers and religious nut were able to use PoMoismo better than the left (and are being destroyed by it as a result) to even state this is mean-spirited on my part...
;-)

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