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November 07, 2004

Like David Brooks, it's a pretty academic take on Jesusland, but it makes useful points...

First, Republicans (and the people who vote for them) must be understood to hold a moral and intellectual position. They are not, as some Democrats insist, “asleep,” “ignorant,” or developmentally challenged (as noted in yesterday’s post). They are not selfish. They are not mistaken. They are not 4 years away from “seeing the light.”

Republicans and TPWVFT have an idea of what the body politic is. That this is not the Liberal Left and the Democratic Party idea does not mean it is not an idea. It may not be dismissed as cavalier, craven, or some species of false consciousness. Ad hominem attacks feel good, but, as Melinda pointed a couple of days ago, they don’t get the political job done.

The idea: every tub its own bottom

Republicans and TPWVFT believe every tub is its own bottom: every creature must make its own way in the world. It will be rewarded for its successes and punished for its failures. This is the Republican idea of justice and fairness. No, it doesn’t conform to the Liberal Left notion of justice and fairness, but it is wrong to insist that it is a cover for selfishness, moral indifference, or a demonstration that Republicans and TPWVFT “just don’t get it.”

Link: This Blog Sits at the: Advice to Democrats II.

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Like David Brooks, it's a pretty academic take on Jesusland, but it makes useful points...

Where is the "academic" part?

Posted by: Nancy Howes | Nov 7, 2004 5:18:57 AM

It's academic in my view because it imagines, as David Brooks does, that inhabitants of Jesusland are rational actors. It understates the gut-level emotion and herd behavior that you actually see on the ground. This is a common failing of social scientists and analysts from blue states who try to analyze inhabitants of red states.

Posted by: Nutbar | Nov 7, 2004 2:39:32 PM

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