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Sullivan: ‘Unfit For Government,’ GOP Is Party Of ‘Constitutional And Economic Vandalism’

by David Badash on December 22, 2012

in News,Politics

Andrew Sullivan declares the Republican Party as “unfit for government,” “fanatics,” and the party of “constitutional and economic vandalism.” Sullivan, the conservative author and blogger who  writes “The Daily Dish” at Newsweek/The Daily Beast, in “Enough!” decries the “unhinged fanaticism” of the GOP, and indicts their leader, Speaker of the House John Boehner, whose “career is over,” Sullivan says. “As is the current Republican party.”

“Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner’s already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre’s deranged proposal to put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall,” Sullivan, the 49-year old recent transplant to NYC and the man to whom CNN anchor Anderson Cooper officially came out, writes. “This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them? – but to the entire world.”

But the current constitutional and economic vandalism removes any shred of doubt that this party and its lucrative media bubble is in any way conservative. They aren’t. They’re ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy, and now willing to acquiesce to the biggest tax increase imaginable because they cannot even accept Obama’s compromise from his clear campaign promise to raise rates for those earning over $250,000 to $400,000 a year.

And this is not the exception. It is the rule. On abortion, the party proposes that it be made illegal in every state by amending the Constitution. Torture? More, please.

Gun control? A massacre of children leads to a proposal for more guns in elementary schools and no concession on assault weapons. Immigration? Romney represented the party base – favoring a brutal regime of persecution of illegal immigrants until they are forced to “self-deport” – or rounding as many up as they can. Climate change? It’s a hoax – and we should respond by shrieking “Drill, Baby, Drill!” Gay marriage? The federal constitution should be amended to bar any legal recognition of any gay relationships, including civil partnerships. Their legislative agenda in this Congress? To “make Obama a one-term president.” Not saving the economy, not pursuing new policies, not cooperating to make Democratic legislation better. Just destroying a president of the opposite party. And, of course, failing.

We need a new governing coalition in the House – Democrats and those few sane Republicans willing to put country before ideology. But even that may be impossible.





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Huntercgo December 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

Glad to see Sullivan finally coming out this forcefully on the debacle that is the Republican party. Maybe that will be a signal to the rest of the Villagers that they're missing something.

GaelicWench December 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

Don't bank on it, Huntercgo. I agree with you but I am not holding my breath. It's going to take some major action by the American people for the teapartiers to "come to their senses."

Huntercgo December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

It's not the tea partiers I'm thinking of — it's the MSM columnists and Sunday morning pundits. The tea partiers are completely impervious to reality.

daedalus2u December 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

Who swears in the new Congress? I would like them to remind all the Congressmen and Congresswomen before they are sworn in that the Oath of office, the one where they swear to protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic, takes precedence over all other oaths, including the Oath to Grover Norquist about taxes.

If they can't have their oath to protect the Constitution take precedence, then they should not swear. If they want their oath to Grover Norquist to take precedence, then they are falsely swearing.

Diogenes_Arktos December 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Finally, someone respectable on the Right is denouncing the Republicans in the same terms the Republicans have been denouncing Obama and the Democrats. It's about time for them to look in the mirror. OTOH – Sullivan is gay and therefore Republicans think nothing he says could possibly be true.

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