Thursday, October 20, 2005

Brooks And The Republican Base

From behind the wall of Times Select, brought to you by The New York Times, (now with 52% less profit and exclusive web content!!), David Brooks:

Republicans are not panicked. They know that if the election were held today, their base would stay home, but they look over at the Democrats and say: Thank God for Nancy Pelosi. Thank God for Howard Dean. They see that Dean refers to his base as ‘’merlot Democrats,'’ and it confirms their suspicion that the opposition party is really run by imbeciles.

The odd thing is that the Democrats, who have the self-assurance of a beaten dog, feel this way about themselves. Most sense, in their heart of hearts, that they are the Palestinians of American politics: they’ll never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The most common word I hear from Democratic partisans to describe their own party is ‘’pathetic.'’

All true, but as I have written before, Republicans can't run against the establishment any more and the slogan "we're not as bad as the other guy" isn't too inspiring.

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