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Monkey See, Monkey Do

It isn’t often that you’ll find me agreeing with something printed in the New York Times, at least from the opinion section. However, there is a good op-ed in today’s edition by columnist David Brooks that backs up what I have said in the past regarding the Democrats following the same path that the Republicans took. Please read my articles “You Scratch My Back…“, “Liars!“, and “The Seesaw Effect” for my previous commentary on this subject. Brooks’ article starts with the following…

It was interesting to watch the Republican Party lose touch with America. You had a party led by conservative Southerners who neither understood nor sympathized with moderates or representatives from swing districts.

They brought in pollsters to their party conferences to persuade their members that the country was fervently behind them. They were supported by their interest groups and cheered on by their activists and the partisan press. They spent federal money in an effort to buy support but ended up disgusting the country instead.

It’s not that interesting to watch the Democrats lose touch with America. That’s because the plotline is exactly the same. The party is led by insular liberals from big cities and the coasts, who neither understand nor sympathize with moderates. They have their own cherry-picking pollsters, their own media and activist cocoon, their own plans to lavishly spend borrowed money to buy votes.

I’m glad I’m not the only one noticing the pattern here. I definitely agree much more with the Republican party on policy but I will say that both of the major political parties are subject to the same failings, which are power and prestige.

You can read the rest of Brooks’ article here.


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