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Republicans Aren't Hypocrites: A Lesson in Power in the Aftermath of RBG's Death

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/20/republicans-arent-hypocrites-lesson-power-aftermath-rbgs-death


“Charges of hypocrisy are insufficient to change the course of the RBG’s replacement…”

Indeed. They are wildly insufficient, compared to what we are up against.


At least as far back as Newt’s contract on America a quarter century ago, the GOP voters in my workplace have never hesitated to express their pride in the GOP’s hypocrisy and getting away with ever more egregious lies with each passing year. Its what keeps them supporting the GOP.


Republicans aren’t hypocrites.

Interesting. I’m hearing voices from Trumpland denouncing the Democrats as hypocrites for pushing for a last year confirmation of Obama’s Supreme Court pick and opposing a the confirmation of RBG’s replacement because the President is not a Democrat and for plans to “stack the court” by adding more judges if the next President is Biden.

I think we, progressives, should not accept the US governmental structure as is.
Rather, I suggest that we engage in a rethink of the entire political/governmental system in the US.


Good reading, Professor Rudick.

While “charges of hypocrisy” may not be sufficient to move Republican senators, they have made some blatant charges to postpone the SC confirmation process. This is from Senator Bernie Sanders’ email, “Justice Ginsburg’s replacement,” of 9/19/20:

" Senator Lindsey Graham
“I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.”

Senator Ted Cruz
“It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”

Senator Cory Gardner
“I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”

Senator Marco Rubio
“I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term — I would say that if it was a Republican president .”

Senator Rob Portman
“It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it’s been nearly 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year.”

And a number of senators have weighed in even more recently:

Senator Lisa Murkowski, just yesterday:
“I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election.”

Senator Chuck Grassley in May:
“You can’t have one rule for Democratic presidents and another rule for Republican presidents.”

Senator Susan Collins very recently:
“I think that’s too close, I really do,” when asked about appointing a justice in October.

Every issue we care about is at stake: abortion rights, campaign finance reform, voting rights, workers’ rights, health care, LGBTQ rights, climate change, environmental rights, gun safety and more."

We are about to find out how much integrity our old Senator Grassley, quoted above, has, when it comes to rules for the confirmation process. Along with the others, those are strong statements.


Finally, a correct analysis of the true motives that animate so many members of the opposition party. Thank you, sir. For a comprehensive study of power, please read—Beyond Power: On Women, Men and Morals, Marilyn French, April 12, 1986.


“This is not to say that Democrats are morally superior or virtuous. Rather, it signals what they believe to be their way to power—ideological and political coherence.”

This has everything ass backwards. Because the d-party has – unlike the Rs – to put together a coalition of disparate factions, their ideology and politics is completely incoherent.

And that’s one of the reasons the Rs control the agenda. The author left out the Rs main reason for being – smaller government. You can’t get anymore coherent than that. A rather glaring omission.

And that underscores why the Ds walk in the Republican’s shadows. Bill Clinton proudly proclaimed “the era of big government is over” just as the era of big government (big military, big bail outs, big war on terror, big climate chaos, big healthcare costs) was growing in importance. The Ds can’t seem to stand for anything that Ronald Reagan wouldn’t have approved of.


It’s not so much a matter of Grassley’s integrity – the RomneyCare battle in 2010 revealed that he had none – as it is the power of Trump and his base. The Republicans have a base, fear that base, and bow to the leaders of that base. Mitch and Trump would rather grab complete control of the SCOTUS now and live to fight in 2022 and 2024 than miss this opportunity – the base is screaming for it. The Rs know how to play the long game.

The Democrats have a moving target facsimile of a base, scorn and ignore parts of that tattered coalition, and even play one side against the other – this time, notably promoting the viewpoints of PNAC members over their left flank. Schumer, Pelosi, Biden, et al would prefer to keep their powder dry – god knows for what – and tell their base to be patient again, because the Ds wouldn’t know the long game if it bit them in the ass.


The Dems have no long game. They are in it for the perquisites and campaign contributions, and then for the revolving door gigs after they leave: appointments to boards of trustees, lobbyist gigs, book signings, lecture tours, etc.


SO WILL THE FUCKING LEFT FIGHT FOR THIS SEAT??? no we will bitch about how bad the democrats are while the republicans steal everything.

We see what this lady did-----yet how many people have not been promoted through the system because WE let this corruption to continue.

The republicans stole the presidency in 2000-------9/11 happened vs. Gore who cared about climate----I wonder what the world would look like today if Gore had been elected----I think he would have prevented 9/11----and just think about that

What is Trumps healthcare plan??? Why are Trump and republicans not held to account for not having a healthcare plan.

The Republicans are using the court to subvert the will of the majority-----people in this country support equal rights for women-----the right to control thier bodies and a large majority in this country support a national healthcare system.


Difficult to see how this isn’t so.

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That’s so true.

To me, that article is right on point, which means we can have as long a list as we want with quotes from GOP Congress folk all spouting exactly what they did, showing clearly the case for hypocrisy, how unfair, how they break the rules, and so what?

They just shrug and vaguely pretend “this is different though”. This article was right on point. We are fighting the marquis Of queensbury rules against a street fighter. Not sure what the answer is though, either we abandon our principles and become as craven as them, or we lose? Or we have to be enough better that we win even when they cheat and lie.


This article hits the nail on the head. The Republicans gain power by sticking it to all the factions of the Democrats. The author points out that the majority of Republican voters would be better off if they voted for Democratic policies but they get more out of their hatred than they would out of voting in their own interests. It is evil to encourage these feelings which twist people’s morals and cloak it as ‘political fervor’. Only a few Republican politicians dare to disappoint their Constituency by playing fair. There is not a chance of bi-partisanship now that Trump has opened the gates of hell and so many Americans have declared war on their fellow citizens. If there are Republican leaders or voters who are uncomfortable with the direction of the party, they need to take courage and join together to appeal to the better nature of their Party’s constituents. Starting with turning off the talk radio shows which spew hatred.

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The so-called Democrats of today (the entrenched craven establishment) need a lesson in politics from LBJ, and moral compass from many of great integrity and wisdom; they stand-for neither.

" LBJ’s strong-arm tactics. Yes, he deceived, threatened, and browbeat colleagues—“That man will twist your arm off at the shoulder and beat your head in with it,” Dixiecrat Senator Richard Russell, a staunch opponent of civil rights, famously observed. But we are, rightly, most tempted to forgive LBJ these trespasses when he undertook them on behalf of his constituents, especially disenfranchised black people in the South and poor people across America—when he was bullying for a cause. It may still have fallen below the mark of what the American people should expect from their leaders, but it’s also more excusable than bullying without a cause . Good ends, in politics, may not justify all means—but you don’t have to be a ruthless Machiavellian to accept that, with the right intentions, they can mitigate some means."

What passes for Democrats today stands for neither hard-ball politics nor principled stands against special interests and the war-machine MICC, or for social justice, civil and human rights; reforming corrupt politics and money dictating our direction - they are consumed by the money they apparently believe necessary in today’s political arena; serving corrupt influence rather than the Republic and people!

The time to end that pattern and record of betrayal of principle and people is NOW, and if they do not have the integrity or vision will pay the highest price!


This article is either dishonest or naive. Not in the 95% of it speaking about the depravity of the Republican Party. All of that I think is accurate. But in the pretense that the Democrats are different. Or rather in the pretense that Democratic Party fights for justice, democracy, the rights of the disenfranchised, unions, or anything else. For the Republican Party it’s all about hanging on to power by whatever means necessary, no matter how small the group of those genuinely voting for them becomes. For the DNC it’s also about keeping the big money interests happy, though they have to do a different rhetorical twist than the Republicans do–the Republicans have maintaining ever-increasing disparity of wealth as their key goal, but yap a lot about social issues to keep their base happy, and sometimes push through the abortion restrictions and the removal of any restrictions on guns (pro life?) and racist policing the base wants. They talk, as one poster here said, about their key value being making government smaller but that applies only to bureaucracies that aim to defend health, safety, etc. For the Dems, the talk is about the rights of gays, women, unions, POC and the need to defend the environment but the goal is–not POWER as with the Rs but simply to keep the money flowing in accustomed directions, so they can all cash in. So while the goal for Republicans is to win elections by any means necessary (and the SCOTUS even without RBG being replaced has signaled it will bless whatever they do)…for the Dems, winning all three Houses (Senate, House and White) would make things much harder. Then they have to explain why just enough of them vote for whatever the big money wants to put it through. In Obama’s first two years they had this problem and we were told they didn’t have ENOUGH of a majority, and that Obama could focus only on healthcare–via a giveaway to insurance companies that helped a few more people get healthcare. Then the 2010 election came along and the Dems were able to get rid of the problem, as their own base was too disgusted to vote



Preventing the 3rd parties from building a base and expanding support is part of the Dems long game. They make ballot access difficult for 3rd parties and target our better nature with LOTE and spoiler arguments so that we will temporarily support their corporate party and delay building a 3rd party. For years they have been wildly successful at this. Note that this year these hypocrites who call themselves Democrats have been working to remove the Green Party from the election ballots. ~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPhk16CsxEk


I’ll concur – the Ds have that kind of self-serving long game down pat.

But the one where they win hearts and minds by serving the interests of voters, not so much.

It’s just easier to blame progressives when they lose elections, blame Mitch when they only control the House or Senate, blame the iron law of incrementalism when they control all three branches, and blame Russia when they run a Hillary. Dammit, the Ds just can’t pass anything but Republican Lite and it’s someone else’s fault!

So there’s that part of their long game, which we can say is strong: Always having scapegoats handy.


Preach, yo.

The duopoly has perfected its “argue at the margins, agree where the money is” con game, and the media plays along by focusing attention on the first half of that con, and ignoring the second half.

The duped noseholders here somehow can’t wrap their heads around that reality. The poor saps have “nowhere else to go” – and literally make sure that things stay that way. Learned helplessness, battered wife syndrome, extreme cowardice and lack of imagination: their bent backs are the turf upon which the Great American Grift takes place. The water slowly boils, the frogs ask “what’s for dinner?”


Exhibit One in the case proving the Dems truly are just the other head of the MIC hydra-The Patriot Act. A bill consisting of over a thousand pages passed by an almost unanimous vote(one brave representative in the House voted Nay)just a few days after 9/11.
The Economic Liberty bunch play a very long game. The fact the populace didn’t fuss when Nixon was pardoned before there was even a trial showed the backers that we’d lost our stomach for democracy. That we were willing, even eager, to accept living under a kakistocracy.
The stolen election of 2000, an event a third world dictator would be proud of, the Dems just caved. No fuss, no muss. 9/11 proved fear rules, not freedom or democracy. Again, no fuss over having to get a passport to go for an evening in Canada or having to take off our shoes for airport security.
Now…the US is no longer a democracy. Has never been one, but now we’re truly an authoritarian regime. Look for all the hard won progress to die in darkness. Voter’s rights-gone. Brown v Board of Education-gone. Roe v Wade-gone. Right to organize a union-gone. Minimum wage-gone. Income taxes-gone. Wage slavery-returning. Public schools-gone. Get the picture?