Consistency Is Not Necessarily a Virtue

Steve Benen makes an inter­est­ing com­ment at the end of a blog post:

the GOP has decid­ed that every recent elec­toral set­back should be seen as excuse to move even fur­ther to the right. When Repub­li­cans win, they become more rad­i­cal, assum­ing they’re being reward­ed for their right-wing ide­ol­o­gy. When they lose, they become still become more rad­i­cal, assum­ing they’re being pun­ished for not being right-wing enough.

I think that he is cor­rect. It fits right in with a Repub­li­can pol­i­cy goal: tax cuts. What­ev­er the cur­rent eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion is, the Repub­li­can pol­i­cy response is to cut taxes.

This kind of “think­ing” does spare one­self the effort of actu­al think­ing, so it does have that going for it.

Ahh, the sweet sim­plic­i­ty of ideology.

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