Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: Being Permanently Displaced Edition

A succinct pox on both your houses comment from Conor Friedersdorf,
Personally, I don't think Obama deserves a second term, due to his actually radical, Cheneyesque abuses of executive power, his violating the War Powers Resolution in Libya, his civil liberties abrogations, his broken promises on transparency, and his warrantless assassinations. .  . .But if [Andrew] Breitbart plans to persuade the American people that Obama is stoking racial division; if he's seriously going to play the class warfare card against a guy who sinned by bailing out Wall Street rather than raging against it; he and his followers deserve to lose too, and to be ridiculed meanwhile for their absurdist narratives.

Usually, fanatically loyal partisans hurt an ideological movement by giving its leaders cover as they sell out. And hard core activists hurt a movement when they let their rhetoric cross over from rabble-rousing to self-discrediting nonsense. It's rare for someone to simultaneously hurt a movement in both of these ways. As a shameless Mitt Romney apologist, however, I have no doubt that Breitbart will manage it.
I don't know much about Breitbart, but Friedersdorf echoes my views about  Obama and the eventual Republican nominee the 2012 election.  Obama has squandered the trust that I and many other gave him, but the blind partisan rage that his opponents possess leaves one no alternative but to vote for a 3rd party candidate who can't win or leave the ballot blank.

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