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Why Romney/Ryan must be defeated in 2012 — and why Conservatives should hope they are

I love a good rant, especially one backed up by cold, hard facts and solid arguments. And Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair has blogged one of the best rants I’ve ever seen. It is made all that much more powerful by the fact that Eichenwald is not a blatant partisan, and is actually concerned that the Republican party seems hell-bent on “self-destruction, paranoia, and delusion”:

Today, for Republicans, up is down and front is back. Lying has become so ingrained into the conservatives’ national dialogue that they are now dangerously demagogic or, worse, severely unhinged. Blind rage at the election of Barack Obama has wrecked a once great political party. Its leaders have made so many deals with the devil in their almost pathological obsession with unseating Obama that they have pushed the GOP into its own version of political hell – unable to speak truths to their now-rabid and conspiracy-addled base and unable to right the party back onto a path of responsibility.

He states his conclusion right up front:

Only through the disinfectant of defeat can the Republicans, and the two party system, be preserved. And so, the campaign of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan must be consigned to the ash heap of history. Defeat must not only be decisive, it must be crippling.

And then he calmly and methodically proceeds to give the evidence to support this conclusion, in the process destroying every argument the Republicans have to offer.

Go read it.



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    I’ve been reading a bit at a time of “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William L. Shirer, hoping it might help me understand the aims of the Republican party.This is ten years after Hitler started his rage war against humanity:

    Page 939 explains it pretty well. First person mentioned is Erich Koch, probably no coincidence:

    “Erich Koch, the roughneck Reich Commissar for the Ukraine, expressed it(the goals of Hitler) in a speech at Kiev on March 5, 1943.

    ‘We are the Master Race and must govern hard but just….I will draw the vary last out of this country. I did not come to spread bliss…The population must work, and work, and work again….We definitely did not come here to give out mana. We have come here to create the basis for victory.

    We are the master race, which must remember that the lowliest German worker is racially and biologically a thousand times more valuable than the population here.’

    Nearly a year before, on July 23, 1942, when the German armies in Russia were nearing the Volga and the oil fields of the Caucasus, Martin Bormann, Hitler’s party secretary and, by now, right-hand man, wrote a long letter to Rosenberg reiterating the Fuehrer’s views on the subject. The letter was summed up by an official in Rosenberg’s ministry:

    ‘The Slaves are to work for us. In so far as we don’t need them, they may die. Therefore compulsory vaccination and German health services are superfluous. The fertility of the Slavs is undesirable. They may use contraceptives or practice abortion-the more the better. Education is dangerous. It is enough if they can count up to 100….Every educated person is a future enemy. Religion we leave to them as a means of diversion. As for food they won’t get any more than is absolutely necessary. We are the masters. We come first.’”

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 5:15 am | Permalink
  2. Richard wrote:

    What a great rant. Between that and the Jon Stewart videos from the other day things are a lot clearer, at least to the choir.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 8:03 am | Permalink
  3. Don wrote:

    Eichenwald’s article is must read stuff.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

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