Sunday, November 23, 2008

Conservative Talking Heads Live In "Center-Right" Alternative Universe

In the video above, Think Progress has produced a compilation of right-wing commentators who are marching in lockstep with their latest talking point: "America is a center-right country." Their aim is to warn President-Elect Obama not to enact a liberal agenda. Excerpts:

FRED BARNES: In a center right country, I don’t think American people really want the liberal agenda. But they may get it anyway because they’re upset during the financial crisis. [Fox News, 10/11/08]

PAT BUCHANAN: The country is center right. As you can tell by the fact Obama’s been moving to the center as fast as he can. [MSNBC, 10/16/08]

JOE SCARBOROUGH: The country is not center left. It is center right. This country is more conservative than it was when we took over in 1994 after two years of calamitous Democratic rule. It is a center-right country. [MSNBC, 10/29/08]

Also from an interview between Time Magazine and current Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner:

BOEHNER: America is a center right country.

TIME: Still?

BOEHNER: Yes, no question. When you look at all the exit polling, Americans don’t want bigger government, they don’t want higher taxes. And frankly, I think the Congress is still a center-right Congress.

What alternative universe is Boehner living in? Congress is center-right despite the second straight election of a Democratic majority? As for the rest of the right wing talking heads, how is it that this supposedly center-right country elected a president who clearly stated that he wants to extend health care, raise taxes on the wealthy, end the war in Iraq, uphold abortion rights, support the minimum wage, promote stem-cell research, develop alternative energy and back the Employee Free Choice Act?

Perhaps we're better off if the Republicans convince themselves of their own narrative and remain completely detached from reality.

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