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Tea Party called toxic, Boehner called cheap

Our Readers Who Comment are heavily engaged with Michael Gerson's column calling the Tea Party toxic for the GOP and columnist Ruth Marcus using the word cheap to describe Republican Rep. John Boehner's suggestion that President Obama fire his economic team.

All this on a day when it appears that incumbent Alaskan Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski may lose her primary to a Tea Party candidate. What more proof do we need that our political discourse has devolved into a toxic state?

Gerson says "the Republican Party suffers its own difficulty -- an untested ideology at the core of its appeal" and Marcus writes that "Boehner said recently that House Republicans would spend August listening to voters before announcing an agenda. Judging from Boehner's speech, they mostly listened to pollsters, whose big idea apparently was to say "job-killing" as often as possible."

First to some of the comments on the Gerson column:

cjculver2003 wrote, "The Tea Party does not sound any different than most Republicans. Cut taxes, small government, and no regulation. This moment in pure conservatism was bound to come, when ill informed people are angry at the economics of the country and the only ideology they have heard is the above..."

JPRS wrote, "The Republicans don't exactly have an "untested ideology". Even the Tea-Partiers are pushing a twice-refried form of Bush Republicanism: More tax cuts and handouts for the wealthiest, more wealth transfer from the bottom and middle of the economy to the top. With respect to the foundational cracks in the GOP, it would be more accurate to say that the party currently rests on a "crack-pot" foundation. The nominees are even more extreme and even less reality based than the more socially moderate GOP of the not-so-distant past."

But FormerDemocrat wrote, "Here's a better headline for you Washington Post! Why the Leftist Media is toxic for America[.] This newspaper and others who are nothign more than propaganda rags for a leftist junta are destroying this nation."

[FormerDemocrat is one of several readers who seem to believe Gerson to be a Democrat. Several others are busy correcting the record. Gerson was President George W. Bush's speechwriter for several years and has strong Republican credentials. Here's wikipedia's bio.]

seakeys wrote, "Gerson is a large set of lips for the Repub mainstream, and he speaks of doom for his team.... this article explodes with the dilema facing the goppers of today, what to do with the imminent takeover of their party by a truly radical faction of their own team..."

TedFrier wrote, "Poor Mike Gerson. He keeps beating his head against the wall. His advice to the Republican Party is perfectly sensible, but what he, and other Republican professionals have yet to accept is that the GOP is no longer a political party but is instead a political movement once again... The Tea Party is at heart a mass protest by the right wing of the GOP that does not want to share this country with people who differ from them ethnically, religiously and politicaly..."

TBsportsguy wrote, "The Tea Party is simply forcing the Republicans to come back to conservative values,specifically small government. If that happens and it appears it is then the Republicans have nothing to worry about. Conservative values in a center right country are a disaster for the left/dems/progressives. That is the big concern of the MSM and they use every opportunity to try and mask their fear with negative stories about the Tea Party..."

tinyjab40 wrote, "The tea party is not the only thing which is toxic for the GOP. Their consistent rejection of moderates and minorities forms an even bigger threat. They are rejecting what will be the demographic majority."

herzliebster wrote, "Good for you. The cheap shots against the Democrats and Obama at the beginning were unnecessary and invidious, but at least you are calling out the goons in your own party and challenging them to look closely at the demagogic poison they have been spreading."

MidwaySailor76 wrote, "The Tea Party will cease to exist when we have a white president again, so any long term effect on the country's policies will be negligible..."

All comments on the Gerson column are here.

And now for a few comments about the Marcus column:

lifestory wrote, "I share the notion that Boehner should be called out to govern. Perhaps the only way to respond to his carping is to vote his party into the House and watch the results."

spamagnet987 wrote, "Your point seems to be that the Republicans need to stop pointing out the absolute failure of Democratic economic policies for the past 19 months in the presidency and the past 67 months in the Congress. So what should they say? The emperor's clothes are divine and sublime and beautiful?"

dblument wrote, "Ruth, your prejudice is showing! Barry and Co. are killing any incentive to hire. In my business, I am holding back so as to see how badly the taxes hurt me- I pay 100% family coverage, and don't need any more taxes. I need a profit!corporate profits fuel pay increases! Taxes DECREASE pay increases!"

mypitts2 predicted that "Boehner will never be speaker, no matter what happens. If the GOP should take the house, it's going to be Cantor."

We'll close with aclearview, who asked, "...At what point do regular citizens become aware that R's, including John Boehner and Eric Cantor, have the right to introduce legislation themselves? If these "leaders" are legit, then step out there and propose a specific plan. Should farm subsidies be cut in half? What about sugar?... And why, exactly, should the military be exempt?... Put it all on the table, make your proposal and have the public debate. It would do you, and us, some good."

All comments on the Marcus column are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  August 25, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
 | Tags: Boehner, Obama, Republicans, Tea Party  
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Comments

Most everyone misses the fundamental point.

Conservatives have backed themselves into a corner. The very definition of 'conservative' is 'reluctant/resistant to change.'

However, after 8 years of total failure, change is the only option.

But they simply can't do it. Which is why they keep offering the same 'ideas' over and over again.

It's also why so many conservatives are losing their marbles - they know they have to change, but they can't, but they know they have to, but they can't...

Posted by: frank1569 | August 25, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Too funny quoting FormerDemocrat. That guy is not only insane, but he's also terribly unoriginal, unclever and unfunny

Posted by: jakemehoffer | August 25, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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