At the recent debate
, Tea Partiers cheered the idea of just letting the uninsured die in the streets.
“Last night we got a disturbing view into the tea party’s extreme right-wing position on healthcare when members of the audience clapped and cheered the idea of letting someone without health insurance die,” Eddie Vale, communications director for the group Protect Your Care said in an e-mail. “Even worse, none of the Republican candidates on stage expressed a word of disapproval as the tea party audience literally clapped for blood. This was a spectacle one would have expected back in the gladiatorial combat of ancient Rome, not at a presidential debate.”
Will historians pinpoint this as the moment when the Republicans blew an election that should have been as easy as tic-tac-toe? Obama's low ratings and the win in Weiner's district had me presuming, earlier this evening, that the GOP had 2012 wrapped up. But then they bared their fangs.
That's the trouble with conservatives: Being creatures of pure Id, they have no concept of when they are doing something tactically stupid.
I'm not a great believer in the concept of karma, but in my experience, the kind of people who would cheer a thing like that usually get their comeuppance.
On a completely unrelated note:
Have you noticed the pattern? When Al Qaeda offers a communication, they usually recommend an English-language book to read. A while back, it was William Blum's Rogue State
. More recently, it was Bob Woodward's Obama's Wars
. I think Al Qaeda is basically a book club at this point.