September 15, 2010 Leave a comment
I’d like to blog a bit more on the Tea Party today, but I don’t have much time, as I actually have to prepare to give a presentation on the subject tomorrow. That said, EJ Dionne, today, hits on one of my favorite bugaboos– the idea that everything in politics between the parties is symmetrical. It is not! Here’s EJ:
The conventional Washington talking point holds that as Republicans have moved right, the Democrats have moved left. But this is patently false — just count the number of moderate Democratic House members. And one politician who sees no equivalence is Castle. The domination of a party by its most ideological wing, he said, “is a more extensive problem right now in the Republican Party than in the Democratic Party.”
But the larger question is whether the country is ready to deliver a majority to a Republican Party that now holds problem-solvers like Castle in contempt; is scared to death of a well-financed right wing that parades under a false populist banner; and, in primary after primary, has aligned itself with Sarah Palin, who anointed O’Donnell one of her Grizzlies.
Will moderate voters take a chance on the preposterous proposition that this Republican Party will turn around and work in a calm, bipartisan way with President Obama?
Ummm… that’s an obvious “yes” on these questions. Though, as I mentioned earlier today, that’s short-term in a bad economy. Long term, no way is this good for the Republican party. And, since the parties are not symmetrical, though essentially playing a zero-sum game, this will be good for Democrats.