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    What Hutchins & His Horrible Website Say About Neo-Conservatism

    by | 51 | Dec 10, 2009

    Anyone familiar with George Hutchins? I wasn’t either. Not until I came across his new website. Now, I’m wishing I could pluck out my eyes. Mr. Hutchins is running for congress in 2010, in the fourth district in North Carolina. His opponent, Congressman David Price (D), represents North Carolina’s “triangle” — a prosperous, well-educated section of the Tar Heel state that encompasses Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

    George Hutchins is one of those brilliant Birthers. He is a neo-conservative who believes the Civil Rights Act is un-American. He believes Sanford and Son became successful without the aid of Affirmative Action, so why can’t others? (Yes, I realize “Sanford and Son” is fictional, but I don’t think he does.) He has not only created the most visually hideous website — dedicated to distortion, venom, and outright hatred — he’s managed to craft something that is a total piece of crap. I mean seriously, you’ve got to look at this thing. It looks like a child scribbling with Crayola crayons in a Glidden factory, after there was an explosion of all their red paint.  Just awful.  Then there’s the poor editing, and mangled metaphors. I can’t really do it justice. Please see for yourself.

    The tea party movement has become potent. It should not be dismissed cavalierly. Some of these protesters are honest, decent, hard-working people, concerned about how their money is being spent by those in Washington. I don’t find fault with those willing to express their right to protest. But there’s a fringe element. These are the people who have no qualms about linking President Obama to the massacre of the Jews during the Holocaust, while orchestrating his ascent up the American political hierarchy from his hut in Kenya. These people, if left unchecked, would almost assuredly poison every last Democrat, then blame their deaths on the President’s “socialist” policies.  This is the element that has spawned George Hutchins.

    America has a real problem with kooks like this. Hutchins, while I’m sure is an … interesting fellow, is not someone I would feel comfortable casting my vote for if I were a conservative in North Carolina.  Okay, that’s putting it mildly. The guy is a frosted flake. Anyone with the temerity to attach his name to that abortion of a website has got to be ingesting some really smooth hooch. Most sense-loving Americans don’t indulge in the vitriolic babble that has enraptured most far-right conservatives — at least not the ones I know. They’re more concerned with the economy and job creation. If Mr. Hutchins created a site for his campaign focusing on these issues, and his plan to combat President Obama on them, then I would welcome that. He did not. He decided to pander and wallow in the gutter like a rat. A rat that can’t think one coherent thought. Check out this beauty here. I apologize in advance for the technicolor:

    IF, I were to be compared to AL BUNDY of Married With Children,” or the BEATLES Drummer, RINGO STAR, or the BEATLESguitarist, GEORGE HARRISON, by the Left-Wing Liberal Democrats, who some say, I resemble, No One would say NOTHING either.”

    Ye s… he did mention Al Bundy, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison in one sentence.

    Look, I don’t expect this clown Hutchins to sniff the night air of our nation’s capitol, but this political climate is breeding thousands of these people everyday. People who believe that America’s promise should only be gifted to some of us, and those who don’t receive it are not welcome. I have no interest in discussing anything cogent regarding politics, with people who’d rather talk about Nazism, border passes for our president, and the illegality of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Spare me the freedom of speech talk. This is out-and-out hatred and ignorance, disguised as “American patriotism.”

    If this is what passes for modern conservatism now, then keep sending me my liberal access card. Hutchins, and some of his fellow tea party wackjobs, can continue to trample the Mall’s hallowed grass. I just hope they make sure to scoop all the crap they’re dumping.

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    Matthew Wright, originally from Connecticut, is a blogger and budding freelance writer. He is heavily interested in politics and public policy. His aim is to encourage real debate between real people. Real change begins on the grassroots level, not in the media. He attended the University of Hartford in West Hartford,Connecticut, and now makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia. He also makes a mean lasagna.

     

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    • Ross from Pawleys

      Reasonable Republicans have to do something about George and “George’s kind” before its too late. They need strong and courageous voices to speak out against such reactionary diatribe. Thus far, I hear none from their leadership -- just silence or agreement. Now that’s scary. Thanks, Matthew. Well done.

    • Michael Garbutt

      With all due apolgies, Matthew, the phrase ‘brilliant birthers’ gives me pause, though I think that may have been tongue-in-cheek (or perhaps foot in cheek). The sad fact is that ideologues like him will always find a digruntled audience to grind their axes. I’ve lived long enough to realize that people believe what they want to believe, regardless of facts.
      But letting light into the darkness of hate, suspicion and fear is a tough sell. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, but being open to the truth and facts is not a strong point of any fringe group. So I guess I allow them a soapbox as is their right, but I”m damn sure not buying the soap.
      Great article…

    • What a ripper! The Loony Reicht needs more like him. But forgive me, I’m an Australian and confused so need some clarification here.

      If we compare Mr H to Ringo Starr we are being racist? Was John Wayne actually Davy Crockett (or is that Daniel Boone) and did he fight at the Alamo under that name? Or was all that part of history really only film scripts?

      He is obviously a very deep thinker: the Windsor Castle/Scotland Yard/Walter Raleigh connection does certainly point to some sort of conspiracy. And I’m shocked to learn that Raleigh NC is named after some drug-inhaling, aristocrat Limey royalist faggot.

    • Brenden

      Bill Ayers. Nuff said.

    • Boyd Lewis

      Hutchins is one powerful sick puppy. And he is not alone. The audacious election of a man of color to the national’s house of white has driven a large quivering clot of our citizens to the brink of incoherent insanity. How else to explain the slurs thrown at Obama that he is simultaneously a fascist and a communist? And as we saw with assault rifle toting thugs at teabagger rallies and presidential events, the brink ends in murderous intent to… (we don’t know yet). We in the South remember the cheering that followed President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 (I was in Memphis) and the knee-slapping joy in certain quarters when Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy were murdered within two months of one another in 1968 (I was in Mississippi). Hutchins will doubtlessly fall to his knees and thank his horned gods if one if these racist killers disguises himself as a beautiful blonde woman and glides past security to a White House event and plants a butter knife in the jugular of the President of the United States. In my reporting days, I covered KKK rallies in Decatur, Ala., Tupelo, Miss. and LaGrange, Ga. and the aftermath of the Greensboro Massacre. The rhetoric I hear from Hutchins and his ignoble ilk is identical in spirit to what I heard blaring from buzzing PA systems in the shadow of flaming crosses. There has to be a nonviolent way true Americans can reduce this sickness to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub (thank you, Grover Norquist for that).

    • Brenden

      Do you remember when the leftist rock-stars Weather Underground tried to kill hundreds of innocent people in gov’t buildings across the country to convince them of the appeal of communism? Bill Ayers still thinks that was pretty cool. Obama thought Ayers was pretty cool, too. Maybe you recall when noted peace-loving racial arbiter Al Sharpton fomented a crowd to savagely beat Jews (to death) in New York City so as to fairly redistribute their wealth to underprivileged minorities? When you were researching the Klan, did you happen to interview midnight rider and current U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) who advanced his political career by seeking the post of Exalted Cyclops in that same organization. There has to be a nonviolent way true Americans can reduce this sickness that reached its logical conclusion in places like the Soviet Union, Cuba, Cambodia, etc., etc. (thank you, Pol Pot for that).

    • Janet Ward

      Brenden,
      The flaws in your logic are astounding. First, the Weather Underground was a fringe group that was never much treated as anything else, unlike the Tea Partiers, who have become a part of the mainstream right and who have actually advocated the assassination of the elected head of state. Remember the nasty Biblical verse that was going around? Psalms 109:8? “Let his days be few; and let another take his office…Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.”

      Also, while there may be a few on the left who buy into Al Sharpton’s “message,” many of us remember the Tawanna Brawley fiasco and have no use for the man.

      And if I read you correctly, you are praising Pol Pot for the slaughter of millions of Cambodians, some of whom committed no other crime than wearing glasses (they were assumed to be the intelligentsia.) If I am not reading you correctly, then you need to write, as another poster commented on another post, “Not just so that you can be understood but so that you cannot be misunderstood.”

      Pol Pot, like Hitler, Stalin and most of the 20th century bad guys, can only be described as “right wing.” Certainly, not lefties. And don’t argue about Stalin or Mao, for that matter. Neither was a real communist. Communism is a system of government that holds that all property and goods should be held in common, a lovely theory (one practiced by Jesus Christ, if we want to go there), that just doesn’t work in practice.

      Stalin and Mao lived like kings while their people suffered. That is a dictatorship, not communism as preached by Marx. Maybe you should read this stuff.

      Have you forgotten that the death squads in Nicargua (that the Reagan administration funded and that murdered American nuns) were “right-wing death squads?”

    • Janet Ward

      oops. left out an “a” in Nicaragua. I hate myself.

    • Ross from Pawleys

      I guess from all of that, Brenden, that you love George’s presentation. God help us.

    • Meg Gerrish

      The best thing for the Republican party would be for the “teabaggers” to start their own political party (do it, do it), thereby removing social agendas from the Republican platform. Then the vast majority of citizens (Democrats, Republicans and thoughtful Independents) can get back to discussions of government and infrastructure instead of what happens in people’s bedrooms, whether or not citizens pray (and to whom), and the protection of the Constitution. The teabaggers are fringe, but separated from the legitimacy provided by the Republican party (pre-“Moral Majority,” please), they really are just crackpots. Dangerous crackpots who would quickly lose steam.

      Yes? No?

    • Ross from Pawleys

      Great idea, Meg. I love your thinking. Healthy for democracy. But it won’t happen as long as the Minority Leader of the Senate stands in their mist in his tanned glory quoting the Declaration of Independence as the Constitution, thus giving the ‘baggers credibility from the heart of the Republican Party. Realistically, a party claiming only twenty some odd per cent of the population needs the fringe elements. Therefore, (excuse the expression) there’s no guts.

    • Meg, I support what you say. Isolation would have an effect on the loony few and maybe, just maybe, show them up for what they are to those who support them in that vague sort of way people have when they’re not thinking too deeply. My only fear would be that being cut off from any claim to legitimacy, no matter how tenuous it may be, could drive them further into extremism.

      Ross also makes a good point. Being a furriner and an Aussie to boot, albeit a permanent resident this 12 month, I may have no right to say this, but I’m going to anyway. It seems to me that many Americans use their Constitution (and Declaration of Independence) as an excuse for all sorts of bad behavior. Australians (whose Constitution is not much chop, especially when compared to your wonderful document) use “The Australian Way Of Life” to the same end.

      And Janet, spare a thought for me; my spelling is becoming almost schizophrenic.

    • Meg Gerrish

      Thank you, Ross and Frank (I loved visiting Australia, she recalls with a sigh). I know the ‘pubs owe a debt to the fanatics — it’s how they’ve hung to their stations — but can’t they see how damaging the fanatics have been? Is it worth all that?

      I made an error in this sentence: “Then the vast majority of citizens (Democrats, Republicans and thoughtful Independents) can get back to discussions of government and infrastructure instead of what happens in people’s bedrooms, whether or not citizens pray (and to whom), and the protection of the Constitution…”

      I meant to say: “Then the vast majority of citizens (Democrats, Republicans and thoughtful Independents) can get back to discussions of government, infrastructure and the protection of the Constitution instead of what happens in people’s bedrooms and whether or not citizens pray (and to whom).

      Janet! I am now grammatically paranoid :-)

    • Meg Gerrish

      … “hung ON to their stations…” Jeesh.

    • Brenden

      Look, dummies: the tea party protests are 99.999 percent garden variety taxpayers fed up with plundering gov’t incompetence that has reached its zenith in the current slate of political leadership. I proudly count myself among them. I don’t deny a whacko fringe caucusing among them, but the crazy uncles in the attic on your side are certainly worse. I don’t get why you so oppose a group of citizens want to make a public spectacle of themselves protesting unjust gov’t action. Isn’t that, like, the central tenet of angry leftism, other than getting stoned and being angry at rich people? I guess that’s it: Since you don’t accept the protection of private property as the most valuable civil right, you cannot accept that people protest peacefully in public to protect it.

    • What private properties are the spinster aunts of the tea partyists protecting? Pickled virginity, their right to die through lack of affordable health care and the divine right of robber barons?

    • Brenden

      My wish for you, Frank, is a gov’t healthcare provider.

    • C Smith

      Brenden thanks for upholding the conservative side in this sea of liberalism. I’ve noticed Lee has even begain to present two sides for us independents to keep interest in Like The Dew in my opinion.
      Matthew this Hutchins character is an idiot but I am sorry to see you use him as a leader in these tea party protests. As Brenden pointed out most of these people are fed up with government spending and lack of leadership. If the government keeps moving in the current mode of operation the Democrats had better get their agenda voted in before next November. That’s when we vote in America, Frank.

    • C Smith: Those who bother to vote, that is.

      Brenden, I have lived under a government health care provider for all of my life other than the year I have been here.

      I am still alive and healthy

    • C Smith

      Frank look at the faces of the next tea party protestors. Age 55 and up and do vote.

    • Thanks for all of the comments folks. C Smith, Hutchins is not an indictment upon the entire tea party movement. Quite the contrary. Most tea party activists protest legitimately about issues they deem important. However, there is an unstable element of protesters who’ve hijacked the movement. Hutchins , and so many others, were spawned from these nuts and their misguided ideology. This “fringe” conservatism is dangerous, and all honest, right-thinking conservatives should disown it immediately.

    • Meg,

      I think yes on your point of a separate party for the tea party. Let us see just how powerful they truly are.

    • C Smith

      Matthew your views are more clear now and I appreciate your time to make them so. I have become tired of the use of the “tea baggers” lable being substituted for the old kkk radicals. Yes I have noticed the natzi and hitler signs at these protests. It seems there are radicals that try to inject themselves into both sides of our polical platforms as Brenden has presented here by his reference to Bill Ayers. Recognizing these nuts is our job and to weed them out so we truely have a fair and balanced electoral system.

    • C Smith: Should anyone carrying a [Nazi-style] swastika and/or slogan supporting Hitler at any sort of rally be defined as a terrorist, or at least a terrorist sympathis/zer?

      Brenden: Ideology aside, what evil do you fear within a government-supported/run healthcare system?

    • Ross from Pawleys

      I am sure that it is often well-deserved, but I haven’t been called a “dummy” in quite awhile. Maybe, Brenden, you have made my point. To quote Sam Adams, a patriot and also a famous brewmeister:
      “Neither the wisest constitution
      Nor the wisest laws
      Will secure the liberty of a people
      Whose manners are universally corrupt.”

      Sleep well, and . . . cheers.

    • Thank you Ross and Michael. Greatly Appreciated.

    • Brenden

      I love how you guys want to define the terms of your fellow citizens’ political participation. You decide the “acceptable” opinions and those who disagree must form their own parties or otherwise make themselves irrelevant. Do you realize that regulating speech and political participation is the defining characteristic of fascism?

    • I haven’t “defined” anything Brendan. I think the Tea Party movement has defined themselves.

      http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28157.html

      Nobody’s regulating speech here. If you’re a kook, then I’m going to call you one. My opinion.

    • Meg Gerrish

      Matthew, on the subject of Brenden, he presents as if filled with passion, which would be great if there was a coherent opinion for anyone to enjoy or debate or explore, but he expresses himself very… he seems burdened by a chip about the shoulder. Or a boulder. Anyway, it’s something that makes it difficult to understand his meaning. Carry on, Matthew, carry on.

    • Ross from Pawleys

      Meg is right, Brenden. Just relax, hang out, have a Sam Adams and smile. Life is good and the holidays are upon us :). Cheers.

    • Brenden

      I think it bothers you all far more that I’m pointing out your flimsy logic and absurd conclusions more than it troubles me to take the time to articulate them. So that link Matthew posted is about the tea partiers challenging incumbent Republicans who have moved away from the limited gov’t platform. Good for them. Yet you, Matthew, would have us believe they instead are a pack of gun-toting bigots bent on harming the president. You never address their real arguments but instead inveigh against them on the false premise of their racist leadership.

      That is a bold-face lie. From that lie, the others supporting your position extend the logic to claim these folks must form their own tiny, irrelevant political parties. I am not troubled at all that the left constantly employs this ridiculous tactic. Quite the opposite, I am happy to point out that the positions you advance are fundementally based upon emotive lies and paranoia.

    • Brenden, some of them are gun-toting bigots. That is indisputable. And I’m pointing out one in particular: George Hutchins. Snd I did mention that most of them had legitimate concerns. That is in the article.

      Also, that linked was added because of our discussion about the tea party branching off into their own party. It’s not such a crazy idea, given their disenchantment with GOP leadership, and the some members of the GOP fearing to be associated with them.

    • Brenden

      Ah, Matthew, so what did you mean when you said above: “However, there is an unstable element of protesters who’ve hijacked the movement” and “this political climate is breeding thousands of these people everyday”? That “It should not be dismissed cavalierly” implying it instead should be dismissed thoughtfully?

      OK, **some** of them are whackos, just like some on the left are violent anti-semite terrorist facist whackos, too (thus my point about Sharpton and the Weather Underground). But that wasn’t your point in writing this piece, to say there are a few dangerous oddballs here and there. You’re point is that the tea party leadership is bigoted and bent on violence. That it adds membership on the basis of bigotry and violence. You are lying about them in an attempt to delegitimate the movement politically, which is a common fascistic tactic.

      The driving force behind the tea party movement is the limited-gov’t platform to elect candidates to stop the destructive political leadership, who I hasten to add won a free and fair election led by a U.S. citizen.

    • Not at all Brenden. My point was the face of the tea partiers is not the average, concerned citizen. It is the kook with the Holocaust signs, and the Obama is a monkey signs. Fair or unfair, that is the prevailing thought. As I’ve said, I’m not ascribing all of that madness to the entire movement, but there is an element of that movement that is stark raving nuts. The point of the piece was to talk about one of those nuts who happens to be running for congress, and examine how his brand of conservatism is bad for our discourse. It just so happens that he is a tea partier.

    • Brenden

      But your choice of the “face of the tea partiers” is based upon your false tendentious assumptions. To you, Matthew, the face of the tea partier is someone in a pointy white hat with eyeholes poked out holding an AK-47 aimed at the West Wing. This is not the real face, however. Further, you’re not offering any kind of thoughtful policy analysis or constructive solutions to the country’s real problems.

      You think like so many others who post/comment on this site that it’s just normal political discourse to level unsubstantiated charges of racism toward millions of people in order to score a few political points. You do not realize how destructive that is. That it hurts and insults people who aren’t bigots and whose opposition is based on their faith, reason, education, values and beliefs. You don’t care that you’re the one fomenting paranoia in our diverse social fabric that could possibly lead to violence. You are causing real harm by implying that many people who chose legitimate public peaceful demonstration are instead a bunch of angry bigots.

    • Brenden, I don’t agree with your assumptions.

    • Brenden

      Which ones?

    • All of them. Much like you don’t agree with mine. We shall agree to disagree.

    • Brenden

      My, that was quite a thorough evaluation.

    • This Price fellow is a regular Zell Miller. He calls the 1964 Civil Rights Act a “poison tree.”

    • Boyd Lewis

      I’d just like to figure out who takes this oozing dreck of Hutchins and his little friends seriously. They don’t like serious dialogue about important issues. This brand of conservatism is incapable of holding to a line of thought, where assertions are backed up with just a bit of evidence or even cogent thought. They crank up a gatling bun of irrelevant issues (who said Bill Ayres?) Call them the Snake Flag Nation, Teabaggers or happy hooligans, these loud and hollow minions pull every fearful and paranoid trick out of their bags (they gonna kill grandma!!) to prevent elected officials, the normal press or concerned citizens of the republic from even raising issues. And by Christ, they’ve proven themselves masters of the game. They have terrorized this president and congress from even considering a meaningful national health care comittment. Then the hysterics bogarted a public option and even the tepid and ineffective expansion of
      Medicare to those age 55 and over. “Leibercare” is now what passes for public health reform. This legislative travesty will enrich drug companies and medical insurance bandits. So rest easy. little right wing possums, “Obamacare” ain’t gonna be no guvmint takeover of anybody’s medical treatment. Hutchinites won the game thanks to the gutless performance of Mr. Obama, Harry Reid, Blue Dogs, Rahm Emmanuel, Traitor Joe Leiberman and all too many “liberals.” Needless deaths, sick and dying children, hundreds of billions down the for-profit insurance company rathole and eternal shame will be on your conscience for desertion of the needs and will of the majority of the Åmerican people in this collapse of genuine health reform in the United States. If anybody makes a movie about what happened, just title it “Triumph of the Shill.” I need a friggin drink.

    • Ross from Pawleys

      Well done, Boyd. I’ll join you in that friggin drink. Let’s make it a Sam. Cheers.

    • Boyd, that was awesome! I need you in my foxhole.

    • Cliff Green

      Right as usual, Boyd! Keep up the good work.

    • Brenden

      I love you guys. Really, I do. You so need an enemy and a narrative that admits of good and evil. You will fabricate one if necessary. Or maybe repeat your irrelevant past from 40+ years ago as a racial crusader in a time where we have, well, Black presidents, CEO’s and multiple-Masters champions. Yet you still rely upon a simple story where noble do-gooders can go slay the racist George Bushes, Fox Newses or Tea Baggerses. This narrative is increasingly irrelevant and doesn’t sell any tickets to the big show any more. Sorry about that.

      Here’s your freaking cogent thought, Boyd. Reality is a little more like this: A young person decides to become a doctor. She realizes that she will have to sacrifice 10 years of low paying jobs going maybe $100,000 or more in debt to achieve this amazing title. She assumes, however, that she will receive enough compensation upon becoming a doctor to make that sacrifice worthwhile.

      In marches the doo-doo-gooder, Boyd, insisting that healthcare is a “human right.” Yet he doesn’t bother to seriously define what he means by that. Yes, in dollars and cents. Who pays? For what, exactly? And how much? These are the difficult decisions. These are decisions that don’t admit solutions of, “He’s a racist!” And “Leibercare!” These decisions require true understanding of the problems, the economic constraints and expertise of professionals. Not freakin jokers who say, “Liebercare!” and expect to be taken seriously. Jokers like Boyd.

      Instead, Boyd levels a baseless charge and declares Lieberman a public enemy to denigrate his entirely rational opposition to state-controlled healthcare. Because Lieberman knows the gov’t will destroy it. Meanwhile, the young doctor looks at the political playing field. She realizes that the gov’t will declare the winners and losers. She realizes that the gov’t will decide what her deep and fundemental sacrifice to become a doctor is worth. And not based upon her economic sacrifice and expectations of reward. And she knows, because she is smart, that it’s no longer worth her time because she’ll be paid on a gov’t scale that never valued her effort in the first place. So, she won’t bother with med school.

      So, we’ll have fewer doctors. Fewer doctors means lesser healthcare. So, yeah, Boyd. Good show. No one’s buying tickets any more, though.

      So many of you need to realize you’re freakin’ anachronisms. Time has passed you by. Your polemics against Vietnam and Civil Rights (an amendment passed by a majority of Republicans, by the way) belong to a different era as irrelevant as the problems of Kaiser Wilhelm was to you in 1965.

    • “…need an enemy and a narrative that admits of good and evil” unlike the teabaggers, the pundits of Fox News and limbeckagogues who rely solely on reasoned argument, polite discourse and irrefutable fact to aid their case.

    • Lieberman wanted the medicare buy-in. He proposed it in September. Now all of a sudden he hates HIS proposal? Not buying it. He’s either lying, or he’s just trying to torpedo this thing. Having grown up with him as my senator, his political sleight of hands are nothing new. They’ve never been this odd though.

    • Brenden

      Congress and the Dems should all listen to Howard Dean: “The best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill.”

    • I’m sure you would enjoy that, but it won’t happen.

    • Cliff Green

      The reason we still need racial crusaders is because rednecks tend to cite minor black advances as final proof that America is a color-blind society and that life for everyone here is just a big bowl of cheeries. On this forum, for example, the character who identifies himself as Brenden points out that a majority of congressional Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act back in the 1960s. Fine, but let’s dig a little deeper. Which states did those people represent? I believe a little research will show that a majority were from the Northeast, perhaps with a sprinkling from the midwest. Those Republicans no longer exist. In fact, today’s GOP leaders, Rush Limbaugh, et. al., derisively remember them as “Rockefeller Republicans.” They and their attitudes have been purged from the party, replaced by Karl Rove boy toys like Georgia’s Saxby Shameless.
      Another factoid pointed to was “multiple-Masters champions.” In fact, only one black guy has ever won that tournament.

    • Cliff is right on several points: The modern Republican party has been co-opted by conservative ideologues like Rove, Limbaugh, Palin, DeMint, etc. I’m not saying that is a totally terrible thing-- but keep in mind that this brand of conservatism seems to be anathema to compromise and cooperation-- even in the face of minority party status. Where are the facilitators of change and bipartisanship in that bunch? John McCain has a reputation for standing on his principles, and forging compromise when necessary-- even if it means going against his own party for something he believes in. They pilloried him for it during the campaign by calling his conservatism into question. I don’t call that leadership. As to the Civil Rights Bill, 165 Republicans (house and senate) from 39 other states that don’t comprise the South voted for it. 0 Republicans from the South (11 states) voted yea. This backs up Cliff’s point. Just to be fair, 8 Democrats from the South voted yea as well.

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