Given the Republican Party’s favorable chances of retaking the United States Senate on November 4, some left-leaning outlets are taking a harsh tone, even calling Republicans “stupid” and “insane.”
In an article published Saturday, October 18, entitled, “Yeah, the GOP is evil and will win – but the midterms are meaningless,” Salon called the Republican Party “an all-white, anti-everything party of fear.”
“Apparently Republicans really are either stupid or insane, since they seemed surprised to learn that their rightward lurch into an all-white, anti-everything party of fear was a big loser in the 2012 presidential election.
“They promised to lick their wounds and think hard about immigration and ‘the Latino vote,’ but that did not prove to be necessary, since they now find themselves in another midterm election with a bunch of spineless purple-state Democrats on the defensive and an electorate of ‘highly motivated’ base voters, meaning the old, the frightened and the deeply Caucasian.
“Ebola and ISIS are pretty much the perfect issues for a GOP midterm victory: They’re scary things from scary foreign places that we don’t really understand and can’t do much about; they call forth alarmist rhetoric and the prospect of wasting lots of money in the name of national security.”
Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast was not as colorful in his language as Salon was, but foretold what could happen if the GOP takes over the upper chamber.
“Passing a federal law banning almost all abortions after 20 weeks. Defunding parts of Obamacare. Weakening the Environmental Protection Agency. Kneecapping the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren’s baby, the new agency within the Fed to police consumer fraud. And maybe, just maybe, letting a Supreme Court seat sit vacant until after the next presidential election.
“That’s just the start of what happens if the Republicans win back the Senate this November. Imagine, posits a top aide to Mitch McConnell, a steady stream of legislation, much of it conservative, that will force Barack Obama to start vetoing bills for essentially the first time in his presidency.
“And imagine a Republican Congress, with an eye toward 2016, that could take a number of steps to make life harder for presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. First and foremost: continuing their investigations, and indeed redoubling them, into the Benghazi tragedy.
Fox News Media Critic Howard Kurtz took issue with Salon’s take, and rebutted the Tomasky’s piece as well, noting it was “standard political practice” to go after the other party (Kurtz himself used to work at The Daily Beast).
“It’s standard political practice to claim the sky will fall if the barbarians on the other side storm the gates. But for Salon to trumpet that ‘the GOP is evil and will win’ striks me as a bit of base-rallying ugliness.”
Kurtz also posed the theory that if the Republicans take back the Senate, a better working relationship could be fostered between Congress and the White House.
“To tee things up for 2016, the argument goes, the GOP would have to show it’s a governing party and find some common legislative ground with the President.”
“Case in point: Bill Clinton had a Republican Congress for six years, and he and Newt Gingrich managed to balance the budget and push through welfare reform. Of course, the cooperation came to a screeching halt when the Gingrich House wound up impeaching Clinton over Monica Lewinsky.”
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