Friday, May 04, 2012

Line of the Day: 2012-05-04

One of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
    -- Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Which, y'know, is not news to you. But I found it rather impressive that this appears in a book written by a couple of long-time Beltway insiders, one from the palace of center-rightism and the other from The American Enterprise Institute.

The comedy begins when one of the permanently cowed crowd over at Nice Polite Republicans | Morning Edition, whence the above was obtained, does his tote-baggin' best to make the Both Sides Are Just As Bad argument, since a portion of the book talks about the MSM compounding the problem by pretending that Both Sides Are Just As Bad.

Longer excerpts from It's Even Worse Than It Looks are available here and here. The second link is worth visiting just to see the wingnuts furiously giving it a one-star review.

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