Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Difference Between Them

The Republican leadership, taking fire from all directions, including members of their own party, have run up the white flag of surrender. Lacking the stomach to force even the most modest concessions from the White House, Mitch McConnell in the Senate and John Boehner in the House, simply said "no mas" and threw in the towel on the government shutdown and debt ceiling fights.

The events of the past few weeks press upon one some interesting comparisons between Democrats and Republicans, or at least what are usually called mainstream Republicans. Maybe some of these are a bit unfair, but, if so, not by much. For example:
  • For Democrats politics is ultimate fighting. For Republicans its lawn jarts.
  • Democrats see Republicans as an enemy to be destroyed. Republicans see Democrats as golf buddies.
  • When faced with a battle Democrats close ranks and confront the foe with a united front. When forced into battle, Republicans form a circular firing squad and start shooting anyone who acts on principle.
  • Democrats view compromise as "You give me everything I want." Republicans view compromise as "I pretend for a while to refuse to give you everything you want and then I do."
  • Democrats are driven by a relentless, inexorable commitment to big government. Republicans are driven by a commitment to not-quite-as-big government.
  • Democrats, even their distaff members, see themselves as the alpha males in Washington. Republicans see the Democrats, even their distaff members, as the alpha males in Washington.
  • The Democrats' favorite word to Republicans is "no." The Republicans' favorite word to Democrats is "please."
  • Democrats see opposition to Obamacare as racist. Republicans see opposition to Obamacare as perfunctory.
  • The media represents Democrats as Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny all rolled into one. The media represents Republicans as the Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Simon Legree all rolled into one.
Here's a prediction. Unless the Republicans soon "man up" there won't be a Republican party to speak of by the year 2020.