Thursday, December 19, 2002

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1865

Among the many, many reasons I have never actually joined the Republican party, is this inestimable tendency of theirs to bring about their own destruction in stupid and creative ways. It long predates the present situation. (Think: Bull Moose Party.) The Reagan presidency may have fooled some into thinking it was a thing of the past, but those years can now best be seen as an anomaly. The 1994 Congressional election effectively re-elected Bill Clinton, by forcing Clinton to get serious about the deficit, and then allowing Clinton to take credit for it while Newt Gingrich fumed about having to sit in coach on Air Force One. And now we see it again. There are some cliches that are worth using, and "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1865" could be the motto of the GOP.


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