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Hate is not a plan

This is the Republican Party’s coyote morning, and it’s not pretty to watch.

It’s Mitt’s fault. It’s Mitt’s advisers’ fault. It’s Chris Christie’s fault. It’s Superstorm Sandy’s fault. It’s Obama’s fault for being better at practicing the “the darker arts of public persuasion” (huh?). Or maybe the Republican Party lost because it simply scares the bejeezus out of much of the country.

The one strain of thought that the GOP should abjure is the one that blames the people themselves. There is a notion afoot — and let us not linger on the question of how a notion might ambulate — that says the country has reached a stage in which the moochers outnumber the makers and thus we will collectively vote ourselves into socialism and then into communism and ultimately into oblivion. This is Romney’s 47 percent theory run amok. (Romney’s “gaffe” was, as noted in this space, Paul Ryan’s ideology.) Beyond the fact that it’s simply not true (refer to the excellent David Brooks column on this), it’s also a recipe for despair, and suggests that the Republicans should no longer believe in their country. Left unattenuated, this line of thought would turn the Republican Party into a doomsday cult.

This blame-the-people mentality will not generate long-term dividends for the GOP. No party wins power when it hates the electorate.

Hate is not a plan.


Last night, trying to transition out of politics mode, I gnawed on the Post’s Food section, enjoying this article on the evolution of barbecue. But i couldn’t get out of my politics-brain, and thus noted how the story hints at the demographic changes that proved consequential on Tuesday.

I think you’ll enjoy the piece, but warning: It’ll make you hungry.


And from my favorite collegiate blogger, here’s an account of election day and election night at Oberlin College, in Ohio. Oberlin is a little to the left of liberal as you may know. Averting my eyes from the “Free PBR” part.

Joel Achenbach writes on science and politics for the Post's national desk and on the "Achenblog."


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