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Great Cartoon: The Endangered Moderate Republican

By Joe Romm  

"Great Cartoon: The Endangered Moderate Republican"

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The NY Times has a killer cartoon by McFadden [click to enlarge]

One party has moved far to the extreme while the other has moved to the center, “forcing” the media to become center-right just to maintain its he-said/she-said “objectivity.” It was a brilliant plan by the Koch-fueled Tea Party.

The result: Even super-centrist ideas like “explaining climate science” and “pricing externalities” are now routinely attacked by some in the media as leftist, out-of-the-mainstream ideas. We are through the Looking Glass.

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7 Responses to Great Cartoon: The Endangered Moderate Republican

  1. Sasparilla says:

    The cartoon is great – the cell with Sen Snowe running is hilarious. The situation of course is very poor.

    The Koch’s have won the day here, have put in place an environment that will prevent action on climate change until that environment is changed and its hard to see how that change will come about since their’s is a continuous campaign to subvert the GOP to their desires.

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      Have the Koch’s really won the battle, or the war?

      People are not stupid. They believe the evidence their perceptual system delivers and when it seriously starts to conflict with belief systems, they have to make a choice.

      This is not a choice as to whether or not we all have an imaginary friend, it is a question of whether or not we and our children, and their children, will have a habitable home.

      I am not an American but I have enough faith in ordinary people all over the world to see that something is terribly wrong and demand that their governments also do their bit to make the changes that the situation is required. Hang around, ME

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        Sorry, Merrelyn, but a lot of people are very stupid, gigantically ignorant, lacking in human empathy and hugely egotistical, and they all have a vote, hence the hideous state of public life.

  2. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Sorry Joe, this too true to be funny.

    The overton window may appear to be supporting the effectiveness of the Tea party strategy. However, in so many ways the Republicans have lost sight of the concept of blowback.

    There is a backlash building and if denied a legitimate outlet it could get nasty. And there does appear to be every attempt to block the legitimate outlets for the backlash.

    The extreme right has got to the loony stage and all of a sudden the very far left is sounding reasonable.

    I fear that global warming could soon be a much less immediate concern.

    • Tom King says:

      For me, its like watching a badly designed machine performing a high stress operation with its gears jammed. As the engine screams louder and louder the prevailing question is “Where will it snap?” Will the motor burst or will the tension pins break first? Will a piston rod go flying or will the gear box explode? Will the media implode, or will there be a political disaster?

  3. Mark says:

    Precisely why folks need to stop bashing Greens and other true progressives on the left. We admit that we’ve been suckered by this pull-it-all-right strategy every time someone asks “What’s the alternative to (center-right) Obama”? or cusses when I say “Green Party”.

  4. Spike says:

    George Monbiot is good on the right’s warped philosophical drive, and the banality of the evil we see being enacted today

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/05/new-right-ayn-rand-marx