Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Thomas Sowell in 2003:
As a rule of thumb, Congressional legislation that is bipartisan is usually twice as bad as legislation that is partisan.

Jonah Goldberg in the NY Post :
Obama's whole campaign is based on some of the most noble and inspiring sentiments in political life: hope, togetherness, bipartisanship. . .

Obama's fairy tale is the idea that we can get beyond disagreement. But Democracy is about disagreement, not agreement. We have real arguments in this country, and the political arena exists for us to hash them out peacefully. Obama's - and Mayor Bloomberg's and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's - "post-partisan" snake-oil promises to take the disagreement out of democracy. You can't do that.

What if you disagree with Obama's ideas? Are you suddenly against hope? Given recent events, it seems that if you're not with the Obama program, you're fair game for tarring as a crypto-racist. . . If Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, imagine what hairballs will be coughed up at the Republicans.

Unity around an issue - war, health care, education - is a legitimate appeal. But you can't defend America with hope; you can't heal people with unity. Further, it is morally antithetical to democratic values to demand unity for unity's sake. And it is quite literally impossible to govern that way.

(via Snarky Bastards, Betsy's Page)

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