“What Part of Bipartisan . . .

by Little Miss Attila on April 16, 2009

Do Oliver Willis and Jane Hamsher not understand?

I think they are tripping over the “bi” part, and the “partisan” part. Other than that, they have full reading comprehension.

And:

If this was a Fox News-funded event, I want a new laptop computer so I can blog from the road. Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, did you get my expense report?

Jennifer Rubin went to the D.C. rally, and observes

the message was rather consistent and the tone hostile: they are very upset with the current administration and Congress’ handling of fiscal and economic issues.

But Republicans should not be rejoicing quite yet. Many protesters went out of their way to say they are upset with both parties and hold George W. Bush equally responsible for launching the now never-ending stream of bailouts. And the crowd, if anything, was libertarian in bent rather than conservative. These people are advocating less government, restraints on federal power, and a return to “constitutional government.” Social conservatives who seek expansion of state power on issues from abortion to support for faith-based programs may find themselves at odds with a newly invigorated movement to shrink government and enhance individual liberty.

It is not clear whether this is the making of a new political party or a flash in the pan. What it does show is that the absence of a single Republican leader does not hinder some impressive grassroots organizing. It also shows that young conservatives, who were out in abundance in Lafayette Park even in the pouring rain, do know how to organize through new media including Twitter. And it shows that for conservatives and libertarians, the Obama presidency is a powerful organizing tool. Just as the Left coalesced in opposition to George W. Bush, these activists are, to a large extent, acting out of resentment and anger toward the president and Democratic congressional leaders.

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John April 16, 2009 at 3:53 am

If the libertarians want to get anywhere, they need to decide which of the other two parties to support, and stick with it until they get what they’re joining that party to get.

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Desert Cat April 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

And the crowd, if anything, was libertarian in bent rather than conservative. These people are advocating less government, restraints on federal power, and a return to “constitutional government.

Baby, they’re playing our song!

If the libertarians want to get anywhere, they need to decide which of the other two parties to support,

Bah. If the Republicans want to survive as a party they will need to adopt the libertarian views being expressed at these protests. Or let them die (or merge back into the Democratic Republican party) and let a new party based upon libertarian and constitutionalist principles it’s place.

What? When was the last time a Whig appeared on the ballot? It has precedent.

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