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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Persuasive evidence of Republican incompetence at something

It is so because I say it is so, and it doesn't exist unless I acknowledge it.

This is the entire logic undergirding a WaPo op-ed from Matt Miller, an MSNBC contributor and a "senior fellow at the Center for American Progress" (i.e., a professional talking head who's financially supported by a Democratic think-tank)(bold-face mine):

The striking thing about the Republican National Convention was how all of the most powerful speeches invoked tales of ascent from humble circumstance....


Anyone listening to Rubio’s moving tale surely thought, “Yes! This is exactly what America is about!” But the stories were all we got. No Republican speakers offered any policies to renew upward mobility in the United States....

I've omitted a hyperlink from that quotation since it wasn't to an actual authority on anything, just a link to another WaPo op-ed from another paradigm of liberal intellectual honesty, this one a self-admitted plagiarist. That's how the WaPo does its fact-checking: "Do our liberals all agree? Then it's a fact."

Note the spectacular arrogance, the insufferable closed-mindedness. Here's what Miller's entire pitch amounts to: "I don't agree with your ideas regarding what the government can and should do (or can and should refrain from doing) in order to encourage people to dream and to work and to succeed. Therefore, your ideas simply don't exist. Your ideas aren't even policies, they aren't even ideas, and everything you propose — even something as specific and concrete as 'repeal Obamacare' — was never actually mentioned. Therefore I don't have to bother even making an argument about why your policies are wrong."

Here's the problem with Miller's approach, though: If the American tradition being lauded by all those minority speakers at the GOP convention — including the personal experience of America that was had by the families of Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, Mia Love, Condi Rice, Ted Cruz, Artur Davis, Nikki Haley, Brian Sandoval, and others (Miller's list is awfully short and selective, wonder why that was?) — is so closed, so hostile to people on account of their race or their national origin, then how did all those non-white people become senators and governors and cabinet officers?

The only answer available, once you've bought into Miller's logic, is that the GOP are awfully incompetent racists. After all, if you permit a "token" to share and exercise real power, then by definition he or she is no longer a token.

Or: Perhaps we shouldn't buy into Miller's logic because he's a dishonest partisan hack who makes his living off of telling clever lies.

Posted by Beldar at 05:21 PM in 2012 Election, Mainstream Media, Politics (2012) | Permalink


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(1) stan made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 8:30:36 PM | Permalink

It is a longstanding tradition among lefties to claim that advocacy of free market solutions is a complete absence of policy. If our energy policy is to let people drill for oil and gas without micromanagement by govt, we don't have a policy. If the technology policy is to let tech companies compete without subsidies or tax breaks, we don't have a tech policy. Repeat ad nauseum.

(2) John Fembup made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 9:40:03 PM | Permalink

"the entire logic undergirding a WaPo op-ed"

What th ?

A Wa poop ed?

Are you suggesting it's unusual when there's no logic undergirding a Wa poop ed??

(3) otpu made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 9:42:31 PM | Permalink

I guess the lefty definition of Government Policy has to include a definite plan of action.

To them a plan of deliberate inaction is an oxymoron and is only deserving of ridicule and mockery.


(4) Diggs made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 10:24:36 PM | Permalink

The talking heads are comparing the Republicans to Obama, who has solid policy proposals for his next four years. This includes...uh...um...well, it was right here, let me see...uh...so...um...RACISTS!

(5) Charlie made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 10:37:31 PM | Permalink

In the second paragraph: "No Republican Speakers offered any ...".

No Republican "speakers"? Really?

Matt Miller, 'MSNBC contributor and a "senior fellow at the Center for American Progress"' just flunked English 101.


(6) hareynolds made the following comment | Sep 4, 2012 11:31:55 PM | Permalink

Let us remember, Boys and Girls, that Liberalism is NOT a political philosophy, it's a POSE.

(7) ray made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 12:14:23 AM | Permalink

I'll see you (2), and raise you 1:
"the entire logic undergirding a WaPo op-ed"
A Wa poop ed?

Wapooped. Much better.

(8) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 12:42:25 AM | Permalink

I note that Mr. Miller elsewhere describes himself, without an apparent intention of irony, as someone whose "work focuses on agenda-setting ideas and creative problem-solving in the public, private and nonprofit sectors." Normally, "focusing" on an idea (agenda-setting or otherwise) would imply that one has first seen and acknowledged the idea, but at least from this op-ed, that does not seem to be his strong suit, does it? Mr. Miller has been in the Clinton administration and was a Kerry-Edwards campaign spokesperson too. I think better of him for knowing that in law school, he was the book review editor on the Columbia Law Review — an important job on a fine law review, and the same position I held some years earlier at the Texas Law Review. But if he didn't agree with a book, did the Columbia Law Review simply pretend it didn't exist?

(9) werewife made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 4:51:59 AM | Permalink

My first visit, and WOW am I pleased! Good point made, and the comments are first-rate! Yes, the GOP are incompetent at racism, same way the Israelis have perpetrated the world's least effective genocide. Thanks, Beldar, and give my regards to your lovely wife Prymaat.

(10) Sam L. made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 9:14:03 AM | Permalink

"Or: Perhaps we shouldn't buy into Miller's logic because he's a dishonest partisan hack who makes his living off of telling clever lies."

Clever. I do not think that word means what you think it means. Alternatively, I do not think his lies are clever.

(11) submandave made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 9:15:50 AM | Permalink

To understand the idea that there is "no policy" one only need to understand that the Democrats are the epitome of the "we have to do SOMETHING!" mentality. The very idea that the proper course of action might be to not ham-handedly wield political power to dictate to others what to do never enters their mind.

(12) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 9:30:18 AM | Permalink

Sam L (#10), you make a very fair point, especially if we're limiting our attention to this one op-ed. To some extent I was giving Mr. Miller credit for other occasions on which the holes in his argument have been less obvious than in this op-ed. And to some extent I will grant grudging recognition of the cleverness of Democratic opinion leaders like him who can draw approving nods from something north of one-third, but south of one-half, of the American public. I think this particular op-ed is unlikely to move many votes from Romney to Obama, but he's mainly preaching to his choir in hopes that he can help recapture the same levels of the Democratic base that turned out for Obama in 2008.

This post is getting a lot of eyeballs thanks to a provocative link from Prof. Reynolds, who's always been more generous in linking me than I deserve. There have indeed been some good comments already in addition to Sam L's. This may be a good time to advise newcomers, or remind occasional visitors, that dissenting viewpoints, when reasonably on-topic, no worse than PG-13 rated, and expressed with civility (and hopefully with good humor), are always welcome here.

(13) richard40 made the following comment | Sep 5, 2012 2:10:56 PM | Permalink

Let the free market work, is indeed a policy, and a pretty effective one, just not one that lefties will ever recognize as a policy. To them it is doing nothing, and they cant recognize that in many situations the best possible thing the gov can do is nothing. The founders recognized this when they riddled our gov with checks and balances and divisions of power, to ensure that action can only occur after a widespread long lasting concensus. To leftists that feature of our gov is a bug, undesireable gridlock, to me it is one of the keys to our governments effectiveness.

(14) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Sep 6, 2012 1:23:45 AM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: A paper that specializing in liberal bigotry publishes a liberally bigoted op-ed by a liberal bigot for its liberally bigoted readers. Liberaliberaliberal. I'm surprised.

The one bit of information I'd like to know is if the POST paid Miller for this bucket of bilge, or if the Center for American Progress paid the POST instead. The POST is hard up you know.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

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