Slayed by the Serpent


There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the latest editorial from conservative pundit and former Bush speechwriter David Frum wherein he laments that “the most radical voices” in the GOP have led the party to “abject and irreversible defeat.”

I’ve been on a soapbox for months now about the harm that our overheated talk is doing to us. Yes it mobilizes supporters – but by mobilizing them with hysterical accusations and pseudo-information, overheated talk has made it impossible for representatives to represent and elected leaders to lead. The real leaders are on TV and radio, and they have very different imperatives from people in government. Talk radio thrives on confrontation and recrimination. When Rush Limbaugh said that he wanted President Obama to fail, he was intelligently explaining his own interests. What he omitted to say – but what is equally true – is that he also wants Republicans to fail. If Republicans succeed – if they govern successfully in office and negotiate attractive compromises out of office – Rush’s listeners get less angry. And if they are less angry, they listen to the radio less, and hear fewer ads for Sleepnumber beds.

It reminds me of the parable about the old woman and the snake.  Perhaps southern Republicans could use some Northern Exposure.

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