I Can't Believe They Said It — "The Republicans are the Problem"

The Washington Post goes off-script and calls out the GOP.

I almost fell out of my chair this morning when I read this anti-GOP article from none other than the typically pro-Republican newspaper The Washington Post:

Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem

The authors take direct aim at the Tea Party movement, obstructionism, the filibuster, Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist.

The article is not only odd compared to the typical angle the Post takes, but is so very biased in their statements that that the authors feel the need justify this fact at the end:

We understand the values of mainstream journalists, including the effort to report both sides of a story. But a balanced treatment of an unbalanced phenomenon distorts reality. If the political dynamics of Washington are unlikely to change anytime soon, at least we should change the way that reality is portrayed to the public.

So what do you think? Do the authors have it right? Debating the “facts” presented in the the details of the story would be much appreciated :)

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GearHead May 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hmmmm. So true. I can't forget certain AFL-CIO, Teamster, and myriad public union hacks standing on the podium with Obama, and reminding the rabid dog crowd that sometimes we have to get a little bloody. How do you compromise with a democrat senate that is so irresponsible that it hasn't tried to pass a budget in three years? Where is sleepy Herb on all of this? Where is the Senior WI senator's moderate centrist LEADERSHIP on any of this? This would be why most of us (as well your grandchildren) think Obama should be a one-termer. Utter lack of leadership by Democrats.
Steve ® May 02, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Rinos hate the new conservative movement. Still better than out of control liberals.
Bren May 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I know Republicans who are mystified by some of the stances of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is of course an astroturf movement comprised of the most radical right wing of the Republican Party. The John Birch Society (the TP's literal "father" figure) was an extremely vocal, radical fringe organization, especially in the 1950s. Perhaps why so much the Tea Party's messaging and ideology seems so dated. No one wants to be connected with an extremist agenda, really. One that is so unkind and hurtful to the reputation. Republicans are going to have to decide how they want this all to play out. The old Federalist Party moved so far off the scale that the opposing party adapted its platforms and the Federalists were marginalized. The Republican Party is going to have to decide who they want to be and stand by that decision. I do believe most people are moderate, and compassionate at heart.
Bert May 04, 2012 at 04:47 PM
It's not a question that the Republican party, since 2009, has become very extreme. It has been a singularly one-sided shift. ObamaCare is identical to the plan that a "free market" republican governor implemented in his state, and based on the plan proposed by the Heritage Foundation in 1993. As recently as 2006, Republicans in the Senate introduced largely similar plans, with the central precept being the Individual Mandate. All of a sudden, this concept that Republicans wholly endorsed just a couple years earlier, is an all-out assault on freedom?!? How about the "Buffet Rule"? REAGAN argued for the exact same thing. Cap and trade? McCain was in favor of it during the 2008 campaign! This used to be the free-market, conservative approach environmental protection (and it works). Now, it the sure sign of marxist-fascist-socialist-commies at work. To point out that the Republican party has made an extreme move to the right in just the last three years, and is largely responsible for the hyper-partisanship and obstruction in government is not biased - it's simply stating the obvious.
Bert May 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
So, that means "moderate" republicans, and anyone to their left, hate the new conservative movement... Roughly 30% of the country's population identify as Republican. It's not a stretch to say those identifying as "independents" are at best as conservative as moderate Republicans. Let's say 50% of identified Republicans are moderate or above. That means, by your own argument, 85% of the country "hate" the new conservative movement. Hey, look at that! We've found a point of agreement!


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