Media credibility aside, the GOP message is bereft

  • Article by: MICHAEL GERSON , Washington Post
  • Updated: September 22, 2012 - 5:55 AM

It's an ideology without promise. Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class.

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metaltesterSep. 21, 12 7:15 PM

Human worth is reduced to economic production? I thought it was reduced to if you'll vote for me or not.

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pumiceSep. 21, 12 7:32 PM

From the article: "[A] Republican ideology pitting the "makers" against the "takers" ... involves a relentless reductionism. Human worth is reduced to economic production. Social problems are reduced to personal vices. Politics is reduced to class warfare on behalf of the upper class." Very well put, Michael Gerson. Unfortunately for you, such clarity of vision means that you will no longer be considered a true conservative. Move over, David Brooks....

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cadguymarkSep. 21, 12 7:33 PM

...yeah, because Democrats have been so effective at solving our problems.

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one4thepeepsSep. 21, 12 7:43 PM

The saddest thing of all is that deep in his heart Mitt Romney was once a moderate, a man who stood up for the right to choose and civil rights for gays, a man who created Obamacare. But his party has descended so far into extremism that in order to appeal to his base he must become a caricarture, a man who has changed his opinion so many times on so many issues no one knows what he stands for, not even him. He can't even release his taxes without contradicting himself. (Claiming it would be un-American to pay more on his taxes than he actually owned, Mitt Romney did exactly that.) Romney might have been a great success as a blue dog democrat, but remaking himself as a "severely conservative" governor has left the vast majority of us confused and unamused. It's sad to see what has become of Mitt Romney, but if you want to look for blame for his failed and fraudulent campaingn then you need look no further than today's Republican party.

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roymercerSep. 21, 12 8:11 PM

When Gerson is worried about the GOP's message, you know victory can't be far behind. Keep up the good work, Mitt. Liberals are squirming big time.

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erikj3Sep. 21, 12 8:25 PM

The GOP has turned into a classic example of the inmates taking over the asylum. It used to be that the John Birch Society type loonies were locked away, but now, those people are the leading lights of the party! Think Michele Bachmann, Steve King, Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, etc. All the care about is burning down the government, not making it run in a responsible manner that benefits everyone. I predict that these people will kill the GOP by 2020 (if not earlier)!

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LiberalOne46Sep. 21, 12 8:50 PM

This piece indicts the historical American way to success. If you work hard you are reduced to economic production. This is a sad commentary and speaks to the bleak future of America.

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rhaupertSep. 21, 12 9:01 PM

Nice way to miss the point cadguymark. This is about fixing the Republican party not attacking the Democrats. You can be a conservative without being selfish, hateful, and insulting.

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garynumanSep. 21, 12 9:01 PM

So lets get this straight. If the general media would have its way, the USA would have one political party and it would be the DFL. Then everything would be solved and wonderful because the DFL is the best and does everything right? All you ever read in this paper is how the DFL is the best and the GOP is the worst. When was the last time this paper ever endorsed a member of the GOP for any election?

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arielbenderSep. 21, 12 9:05 PM

roymercerSep. 21, 12 8:11 PM When Gerson is worried about the GOP's message, you know victory can't be far behind. Keep up the good work, Mitt. Liberals are squirming big time.______________We are? Take a look at an electoral college map and get back to us.

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