Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Extremism in the cause of cheap rhetoric is no virtue"

Some of the descriptions I hear from movement conservatives - that Obama is a “leftist” or “extremist” or “socialist” - remind me why I left the Republican Party behind a decade and a half ago, and have never looked back.

I get the tactic, of course - try to define the political “middle ground” ever more to the right - so that Obama raising rich peoples’ tax rates to a rate that is still almost two thirds lower than they were under Eisenhower is “socialism” and “radical wealth redistribution,” rather than being a modest adjustment of the tax code in a more progressive direction.

The thing is, most of the country is extremely tired of, and see right through, Republicans’ cheap attempts at manipulation, and is behind Obama, and they trust him and want him to succeed.

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