Monday, February 9, 2009

Right Wing Echo Chambers, and their results

When you speak only to yourselves, people, you get a resounding echo. Consider these two tidbits from a busy week, in which none other than a sitting member of the United States Senate called the stimulus "the socialist way..."

In their own minds:

Congressional Republicans are "so far ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time," according to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who is thrilled his party is "standing on our core principles" against President Obama's recovery plan. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) agreed, saying that what "will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying no."

...and, everyone else in the reality-based community?

Sixty-seven percent of Americans approve of how President Obama "has handled the government's efforts to pass an economic stimulus bill," according to a new Gallup poll. Forty-eight percent approve of how congressional Democrats have acted while only 31 percent approve the performance by congressional Republicans. Fifty-eight percent disapprove of the GOP's actions.

Hmmmm...perhaps publicly cheerleading for the destruction of the US economy maketh bad politics?


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