Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Former Chris Dodd speechwriter to Republicans: 'You're doing it all wrong'

From PW Pub, I followed a link to this Politico column by Michael A. Cohen:
Over the years, the GOP scored political benefit by playing on the resentments and fears of voters, but after the wreckage of the Bush years, Americans seem more interested in solutions than scapegoats. Conspiracy-laden rhetoric is unlikely to resonate far beyond the party's core base of supporters. . . .
Republicans need to make a decision: Are they going to cater to the paranoid fears of self-styled "truth tellers" like [Glenn] Beck, or are they going to present a substantive policy alternative to Democratic rule? For the good of the party, and the country, let's hope it's the latter.
"For the good of the party," he says, which prompts me to Google up his biography:
Previously, Mr. Cohen served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Foreign Policy magazine, and as chief speechwriter for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).
Yeah, buddy, when Republicans want lectures about "the good of the party," you're the go-to guy, ain't ya?

It’s Easy to Call Someone a Conspiracy Theorist When You Can Just Make Up What They Believe
(Via Memeorandum.)

UPDATE II: "Isn’t it comforting to know that left wing Dems are looking out for conservatives?"


  1. Wow, I'm torn between the urge to laugh and the desire to give this punk the back of my hand. "...[B]ut after the wreckage of the Bush years, Americans seem more interested in solutions than scapegoats." On the one hand, crucifixion of bankers says he's wrong. On the other, the unrest regarding the bailouts and the rise of the Tea Parties proves the statement is true even if the author is a moron.
    The idea of a man who has worked for years to undermine the foundations of this country lecturing conservatives on anything is mind-blowingly ridiculous.

  2. the wreckage of the Bush years
    The modern liberal commitment to near-term, context-free thinking remains a source of fascination. History is more than a target for the airbrush, I think.

  3. Wait a minute.

    That guy is a singer currently appearing on American Idol and claiming to be from Milwaukee.

    No WONDER he hasn't the foggiest idea of what's going on in the real world.

  4. Dad29--I'm from Milwaukee, and . . . ah, never mind.