Times Columnist Thinks GOP “Out of Touch” – No, Seriously
By Don Feder
Monday May 4, 2009

When a New York Times columnist says Republicans are “out of touch,” it’s like Kim Jong-Il, the midget mental patient who runs North Korea, or Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying someone needs a good dose of reality.

In his Saturday column, Bob Herbert pronounced Republicans who refuse to roll over for Obama-ism “trapped in the patently pathetic phase” of fooling themselves, adherents to “phony-baloney, dime-store philosophies” (how’s that for clever use of language?), and unwilling to take responsibility for an economic crisis entirely of their making.

“It’s not a party; it’s a cult,” Herbert harrumphed. “This is the party of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Newt (‘I’m trying to rise from the ashes’) Gingrich, and the dark force who can’t seem to modify his medieval ways, Dick Cheney.”

According to Herbert, while his idol, Alinskyite B. Hussein Obama is trying to save America by socializing it, deluded Republicans continue to push their “cult-like” policies — lower taxes and opposing Washington’s takeover of whole sectors of the economy.

The implosions of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac don’t even rate a mention in Herbert’s diatribe. It’s as if Democratic intervention — from Carter to Clinton to Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd — including forcing banks to give sub-prime mortgages to “low-income” borrowers (who promptly defaulted), had nothing to do with bursting the housing bubble. That Democrats spent decades making U.S. automakers uncompetitive (including giving us the highest corporate tax rate in the world) was in no way related to Detroit driving over a cliff.

Herbert’s assessment of the outcome of the 2008 election is equally nuanced: “Voters who hadn’t sipped from the Kool-Aid themselves couldn’t help but recognize that the G.O.P. was bizarrely detached from reality.” Voters who had sipped from the Kool-Aid would be the 46% of Americans who voted Republican last year, despite McCain’s befuddled campaign and charisma deficit.

Speaking of bizarrely detached from reality, with advertising revenue plummeting, and debt soaring — “All The News That’s Fit To Print” will soon be replaced by “Brother Can You Spare a Billion?” — The New York Times still has the chutzpah to offer economic advice to Republicans or anyone else who will listen.

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