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the decline and fall of the Conservative Empire

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

a few days ago, commenting on the absurd and desperate attacks on Obama by the Right for, of all things, his utterly conventional and reasonable nuclear policy, Daniel Larison asked the not-quite-rhetorical question,

One wonders where Republican hawks can possibly go from here. They have almost three more years of an Obama Presidency to endure, and already they have gone mad with alarmism, hysterics and overreaction to fairly ho-hum policy decisions. Obama needs a credible, sane opposition to keep him in check and challenge him when he is actually wrong. Right now, he doesn’t have that, and all of us will suffer for it. His own party will not hold him accountable, because a President’s party never does, but in any contest between an erring Obama and a mad GOP the latter will keep losing.

Where can they go from here? Cue Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson, blaming Obama for not issuing condolences to Poland soon enough.

This shouldn’t be a partisan point. I am genuinely curious. Why the delay? Did the President sleep through the 3 a.m. phone call? If you think it is unfair to ask, just imagine if it were George W. Bush.

Actually, Obama issued a statement just hours after the accident.

If they really were just embarassing themselves, it would be amusing. But there’s a reason that conservatives once upon a time used to say “politics stops at the water’s edge.” This puerile nonsense is harming America’s interests abroad.

And as far as Obama’s nuclear policy goes, it’s heartening to see him smack down the ignorant nonsense personally. For an excellent summary of the new START treaty with Russia and the details of the changes to America’s nuclear weapon policy, check out this briefing post and this photo essay at Daily Kos.

And this commentary by Jon Stewart is simply a must-view:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
The Big Bang Treaty
www.thedailyshow.com


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