Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How they take a loss

Digby is right about this, which she posted in False Equivalence Award Hullabaloo 03/21/10, before the House finally approved the health care bill that Obama signed today:

The Republicans are losing their minds and their shock troops, the tea partiers, are facing the reality that they aren't likely to win this fight. The[y] don't like that and they are acting very, very badly. This has nothing to do with "both sides do it." The facts have shown over many, many years that the left gets depressed when these things happen --- and the right has a screaming, spitting, head-banging tantrum. How the two sides handle defeat is a defining characteristic. [my emphasis]
The Republicans and their Tea Party front groups are likely to have hissy fits over comprehensive immigration reform that will put the health care ones in the shade. It's what they do.

Let's just hope Obama realizes no Republicans are going to support a decent immigration bill and doesn't pre-compromise it into a proposal to mildly ease immigration restrictions and sentence all undocumented workers to 10 years in a detention camp. (That would sound like I'm mirroring Glenn Beck hysteria if ICE, the immigration service, wasn't already keeping whole families including small children in detention centers for months on end.)

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