Sunday, April 17, 2011

Last refuge of scoundrels

Days after the President's budget speech, the GOPers are still wailing about their hurt feelings and the usual suspects in the big media are tut-tuting about Obama's lack of civility. In all the responses I've read, Krugman gets the comeback quote:
The easy, and perfectly fair, shot is to talk about the hypocrisy here; where were all the demands for civility when Republicans were denouncing Obama as a socialist, accusing him of creating death panels, etc..? Why is it OK for Republicans to accuse Obama of stealing from Medicare, but not OK for Obama to declare, with complete truthfulness, that those same Republicans are trying to dismantle the whole program?
Hey, as the old saw goes, the truth hurts. So cry me a river for the mendacious GOPers who are always allowed to lie their faces off to the bone without such recriminations.

Read the whole thing if you can access it. I'm locked out of NYT for the rest of the month having reached my free limit and certainly can't afford their exorbitant subscription rate. Oddly, I can still access some stuff through some links and I think this one may work even if you're also past your limit. [via]

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Blogger Ruth said...

The right wingers as usual rely on their own constituency, and show total disregard for those of normal intelligence who remember things inconvenient for altered viewing of reality. Anyone still expecting rational discourse from the right is stretching their belief in civility too far.

8:16:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

To be fair, I have a hard time letting go of the belief that rational discourse is still possible, at least with the rank and file. But every day I lose that hope a little bit more.

9:23:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I would love to be proved wrong.

3:17:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I wish you were Ruth. Sadly, I think you're right.

9:31:00 AM  

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