On Special Report, Kirsten Powers picked the Republican Party as her weekly loser, but she is our Daily Dunce today. Kirsten Powers is a Fox News contributor and one of the more tolerable, dedicated Clinton liberals. She made a comment regarding the Republicans being on their way toward losing national party status, which has landed her in the Daily Dunce spot today.
Yes, that was obviously stupid enough to be our Daily Dunce, but that is not the sum-total cause for our daily decision. Let’s first begin with her comment, then move on to our second reason.
Considering anyone who knows political analysis can tell you that political coalitions are fluid, and back in 2004, for instance, the Democratic Party was the one staring into the unelectable abyss, her comment is rather naive. In the 1970s, following the Nixon administration, the Republican Party was in far worse shape than it is now. The same can be true of the Democrats’ ability to win national presidential elections from 1980 to 2004, save for the guy who put Kirsten Powers on the map, Bill Clinton.
The point being that political winds change, and they change fast. The entire assumption that the Republican Party is on its way toward oblivion is grounded in neither history fact, nor intelligence. As the financial crisis during the Bush-era stained the GOP brand, the same can happen to the Democratic Party from – oh, I don’t know – collapsing the private insurance market with a deeply unpopular healthcare entitlement that a supermajority of Americans never wanted.
Furthermore, President Obama currently has an average disapproval rating that is stubbornly stuck above 50 percent, with Reuters measuring his approval at only 39 percent. Those are hardly the numbers of a president who belongs to a party that is on the verge of becoming the only competitive national party.
Second, even though it wasn’t today, Kirsten Powers recently wrote a column faulting the Republican Party for destroying America, in which she begins:
The Republican Party is destroying America. Harsh words, yes. But inescapably true. It’s a bit of a murder-suicide. House Republicans’ willingness to lay waste to the country to satisfy their fringiest faction will ultimately guarantee the GOP irrelevancy as a national party, unless they change their ways. In the meantime, they seem determined to take us all down with them.
I would link it here, but I would not be caught encouraging her column’s hits. It is beyond delusional to say that the “Republican Party is destroying America,” and what is truly “inescapable” is that President Obama and the “fringiest” Democratic Party have pushed a far left agenda that is causing widespread concern. But it isn’t simply a matter of political ideology. Strictly as a matter of good governance, as is always the case with collectivism, it is not working.
Last night Bill O’Reilly – a former Daily Dunce, himself – spoke to this very problem, and he did it quite well. “This country is now much different than it was in 2008. The problem is the country is weaker and the economy is still problematic,” O’Reilly correctly opined. If the president’s redistributionist policies somehow defied historical fact and actually became the first successful collectivist agenda that actually led to economic growth, a just society and more freedom, then the country would be experiencing a completely different discourse.
But, again, they are not working but failing, just as conservatives and those who comprehend historical fact knew they wouldn’t. The Republican Party is not on its way to disintegration, they are having a debate about how best to oppose further damage and pick up the pieces when the whole house comes down. And it will come down. “That debate is healthy,” O’Reilly said, and I couldn’t agree more. “Many of the president’s policies are not working, and that’s causing the polarization.”
Sadly, people like our Daily Dunce – Ms. Kirsten Powers – continue to ignore nonpartisan statistics, the history books, and the real world suffering experienced by real world Americans everyday, because they are too weak to admit they are wrong.
Republicans have their fair share of the blame for the past problems over the decades, but there is no one else to blame for our current problems, but Obama and the Democrats. The saddest part about all of this is that we have reached a point where leadership cannot even take responsibility for their failures, and their followers cannot come to grips with the fact they are failures, so they must construct straw men to ease their pain.
People’s Pundit Daily does not believe that Kirsten Powers is a big government despot, just an ignorant purist, who cannot bring herself to admit that everything she ever believed in, was a lie. You would think that working for Bill Clinton would have conditioned her for disappointment. For her inability to grow, learn, and flat-out blindness to reality, Kirsten Powers is our “Daily Dunce.”