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The Rising Anger-Machine
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Oliver Willis makes me sad. He's a smart guy, but he's got a dangerous combination of youthful naivete', Machiavellian principles, and an echo chamber in which he can cultivate it all.

Combine those, and you get a guy who seems to believe hard-nosed, dirty politics is a recent invention of the GOP -- and that there's no dishonor in doing the same...



The well-funded left-leaning 527s weren't all for naught. Indeed, those millions were just seed-money. The Democrats have a young crop of angry, driven, ruthless activists. And they're determined to be every bit as evil as they believe the Republicans have been.

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Political discourse in the US is beginning to resemble the Israeli/Palestinian conflict: a never-ending cycle of war, with no end to the people who refuse to cede the low ground.

UPDATE: Pennywit has another set of rules for 2005. The world would be a better place if we all adopted Pennywit's rules, and treated the people who act as Oliver recommends as the dishonorable, shameful apparatchiks they are.

 
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Political discourse in the US is beginning to resemble the Israeli/Palestinian conflict: a never-ending cycle of war, with no end to the people who refuse to cede the low ground.
Political discourse is relatively bland these days given to our history. Unfortunately, too many have personalized the rhetoric. It's become a zero-tolerance/zero-sum life-and-death struggle : or seems to for the Willis ilk.
Seeing, therefore, that an association who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry, seeing that we must have somebody to quarrel with, I had rather keep our new England associates for that purpose than to see our bickerings transferred to others. - Thomas Jefferson
But I thought this post was ironic given McQ's take on the Republican ethics gambit. (Not to nit-pick at bygones ;-)
When Tom Delay and the Republicans propose a "gimme" like rolling back ethics rules you should be in front of the cameras like Rush Limbaugh on a bag of Oxycontin.
Norman Ornstein was more interesting on NewsHour: New Congress [2:26 minute mark on audio (Real)]
 
Written By: Tim
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Heh ... just can't let it go, can you Tim?

Tsk, tsk.
 
Written By: McQ
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Tsk, tsk.

Oh, I don't know. When I read Oliver's post, it struck me that either he was wrong or you were. I figure it works in your favor.
 
Written By: Tim
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Political discourse is relatively bland these days given to our history. Unfortunately, too many have personalized the rhetoric. It's become a zero-tolerance/zero-sum life-and-death struggle : or seems to for the Willis ilk.
I think the internet--or, specifically, the easy access to information and disinformation--has broadened the activist base. There are more of them, and they are more personally involved.

As you say, they're taking this more personally, and it makes it more easy for people to sacrifice their dignity.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Did his list include popping tires? Shooting out windows? Vandalism? Assalt? Those worked great for the Dems in the last election.
 
Written By: t
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I guess if my job involved listening to Michael Savage all day, I'd be pretty unhinged, too.
 
Written By: praktike
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As you say, they're taking this more personally, and it makes it more easy for people to sacrifice their dignity.
Perhaps we should bring back dueling?
 
Written By: Tim
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Aren't we talking about the same country where Charles Sumner was caned by Preston Brooks? Sheesh....talk about angry politics.....

Dueling might have been a more gentlemanly option!
 
Written By: looker
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Praktike: LOL!

Pennywit,
Perhaps they haven't lost enough (yet) to think that trying anything other than the "we're too nice, we're really going to fight, fight, fight, fight......yeah, boy, you just watch" line that has failed (miserably).

Maybe, one day.
 
Written By: Ricky
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Well I'm going to call Kerry The Baboon
from now on just to make it fair.
 
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