Faux outrage and conservative Republican victimhood

While it is of course a universal human train, many conservatives and Republicans seem to be especially prone to persecution complexes and righteous displays of feigned anger. When their sense of victimhood is not acknowledged or when their faux rage is not catered to, they generally just up the ante (or try to).

It has worked for them in the past. So, it is not surprising that they are dusting off the old play book after 8 year long sustained power grab during the last administration.

But the time for that ploy seems to have passed. Americans just aren’t going for it these days. It was successful, up to a point, during the Clinton administration and in 2000, 2002 and 2004. But the scorched earth tactics of obstruction and rejection now just look haggard and shop worn.

Americans in general are inclined to give the Obama administration a chance. That does not mean we do not have problems with his stances and policies. Many, like myself, criticize him from the left. Others from the middle and still others from the non fringe right. But, still, most are willing to give the administration and chance and hope that it will succeed in dealing with the various challenges the last administration created.

But then there are those on the far right, carping and hoping for failure. They actually believe they will benefit if this administration fails, with their help, to resolve the problems we face. They think we are not watching and noticing.

Where are the sane conservatives and Republicans who truly will put country before party? Where are the rational voices who will reject the birth certificate conspiracy theorists and those who call Obama a socialist and, simultaneously, a fascist? Where are the Republicans and conservatives who will reject and denounce Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity and Cheney?

What future is there for a Party of No and movement that only hopes for failure?

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6 responses to “Faux outrage and conservative Republican victimhood

  1. The Republicans seem to have a persecution complex lately. It reminds me of the South Park episode with Mel Gibson, where his cartoon version is obviously into being tortured: “Oh my nipples, they hurt when you twist them!”

  2. Au contraire, Republicans are willing to be as supportive of and conciliatory to Pres. Obama as Democrats were to Pres. Bush when he assumed office.

    One reaps what one sows. Besides, it’s not our fault that Pres. Obama can’t find Treasury (or HHS, or Commerce, or…you get the picture) nominees who haven’t cheated on their taxes or are implicated in pay-for-play corruption scandals.

    Yes, Obama’s job approval ratings at this point are about where GW’s were at the same point in his first term. And Billy Carter was likeable, too.

    • blahgblog

      actually, obama’s numbers are a little higher than bush’s

      According to a CNN Poll of Polls compiled Sunday, 66 percent say they approve of how Obama’s handling his duties as president. Twenty-seven percent disapprove. The 66 percent figure is up two points from CNN’s previous Poll of Polls, which was compiled late last week.

      …snip…

      So how does Obama compare to his predecessors in the White House around the first 100 days mark?

      George W. Bush stood at 62 percent in a CNN/USA Today Gallup poll in April 2001

      so, do you really think it’s a good idea to hold up sebalius over at this time?

      and you have to admit, bush got pretty much of a free pass on his appointees. remember alito and roberts?

  3. …wow, +4%, and with the media thumb on the scales. I’m so impressed.

    Alito and Roberts weren’t early first term appointments, were they? The Attorney General (in the four months before 9-11) was.

    If Obama could find an HHS nominee that WASN’T A TAX CHEAT you might have a point. Except Pres. Obama hasn’t filled any of the other eighteen open positions at HHS, (including Surgeon Gen’l!!!), either. And it’s not because of Republican obstructionism — trying to blame Republican’s for the shoddy vetting of Sebelius (and Daschle) is simply White House distractionism.

    Democrats /w-o-n/ the White House and Congress. Time they took /o-w-n/ership, instead of trying to blame Pres. Obama’s predecessor or the Republican minority. Makes it look like Pres. Obama lacks executive ability.

    • blahgblog

      i was just correcting the record. you said the numbers were the same. a 4% difference is not insubstantial.

      can you provide any evidence that the media’s thumb is on the scale? i know it’s a well worn rightwing meme that the media is liberal, but can you actually provide proof that the coverage of obama is somehow more positive than of bush?

      yes, the democrats did win and the republicans are not very popular these days.

      but that isn’t stopping them from being the party of no, with their only plan seeming to be obstructionism. but people aren’t liking that so much.

      they also don’t think the media is being too soft on him.

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