GOP's Utah and Maine conventions show a party coming unglued

Future historians tracing the crackup of the Republican Party may well look to May 8, 2010, as an inflection point. That was the day, as is now well known, that Sen. Robert Bennett, who took the conservative position 84 percent of the time over his career, was deemed not conservative enough by fellow Utah Republicans and booted out of the primary. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Randy Benson - May 14, 2010 - 10:16 AM PDT
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Edited by: Elizabeth White-Nadler - May 17, 2010 - 12:08 PM PDT
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by Elizabeth White-Nadler - May. 18, 2010

As is evident from the divergent reviews, personal political views easily affect one's receptivity to such an opinion piece. What I found of value in the piece was that Millbank perceives a shift of the political Right over to the Far Right and he uses a number of recent news events to validate his perception. If one considers the "audience and purpose" of the piece, Millbank would have to be considered successful--the piece was written for a liberal audience to provide them with the benefit of what the author considers to be an insightful realization, and for that audience Millbank is both skillful and compelling.

Comment UPDATE: It appears I offended a fellow reviewer who interpreted my comments about personal views and objectivity as a criticism of his review. That was not my intention. In fact, I was referring to the fact that as liberals, I and some other reviewers may be more receptive (a.k.a. less objective) to left-leaning pieces like this one than our conservative counterparts . My comments were intended as an overture of reviewer comraderie (unlike, I could add, the rather snarky ... More »

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James Jackson
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by James Jackson - May. 18, 2010

Taking a couple of data points and extrapolating them to the future of the Republican Party is a little overblown.

I have been hearing this argument from liberals and the left since 1964. The Republican Party is still here.

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by Dwight Rousu - May. 16, 2010

Milbank provides a portrait of the extremists and anti-intellectuals who are taking control of the Republican party. The disinformation conspiracy nuts driving the movement get some ink, but the causative link of bad infotainment Fox "news" and comment has to be provided by the reader.

The asylum has been closed, but the inmate are now running the GOP.

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Randy Benson
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by Randy Benson - May. 17, 2010
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