Paul Jay: How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP

TheRealNews | November 01, 2010

Nov. 1 – TRNN Tomorrow on election day, American voters get to choose which brand of American elites they want to govern them, said Senior Editor of The Real News Network Paul Jay. He said despite the systemic change promised in the last presidential election, Obama’s administration has reaffirmed that the real division in America is not between Republicans and Democrats, but between the super rich and everyone else.

“That the lack of civil discourse and extremes of competing ideology is not the underlying problem but a symptom of an objective difference of interest. That what’s rational for most billionaires may not be so sane for the rest of us,” he said.

He said the Obama administration has allowed bipartisanship to deteriorate any systemic change, leaving the public disillusioned with the ‘half-baked’ stimulus plans and looking to the radical right for dramatic economic change.

“The Democratic Party allowed Republicans to rebrand themselves as populist behind the skirts of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party,” he said.


To read/view the full interview – How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP



Welcome to the The Real News Network, I’m Paul Jay in Washington.

On Tuesday American voters are going to choose which section of the American elite they want to govern them. Who says that’s the choice? Conservative pundit George Will did, that was in the fall of 2008 during the Presidential elections.

Here’s what he had to say: “Surely in a democracy it’s time for us to quit being sentimental and say the question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule but which elites shall rule”

George Will did something that no one is supposed to do on American television. Acknowledge that we live in a class society. Of course, in elections we hear all about the middle class. One would think that presupposes there is a lower and an upper class (unless we live in something like an open-faced sandwich society), . . . but no one wants to talk about it, never mind suggest it’s the elites that rule. Mr. Will had to get pretty angry to break down that wall.

Well, in 2008 the majority of Americans decided to vote for a section of the elite that promised change they could believe in. Who would have imagined in Jan 09, when pundits were talking about a Democratic Party dynasty that could last for a decade, with such enthusiasm and so much public support, that two years later President Obama and the Democratic Party could lose 50 or more seats in the House, might lose control of the Senate and a string of governorships across the country.

Of course a lot of factors went into this but here’s my top six list of Obama Administration decisions that set the stage for a Republican resurgence.

Number 6: Not investigating Bush and Cheney for criminal actions while in office – including the deaths of at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians in a war founded on lies; illegal wire-tapping; authorizing the use of torture; and at the very least, for gross negligence or worse in the events that led to the attacks on 9/11.



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