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Sun, 15 Aug 2004

[01:37] A Day in the Life of Joe Republican

My uncle Shelley sent me this bit of liberal propaganda, entitled A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican, which, although heavy-handed, is also chock-full of either delicious or distressing irony, depending on how you look at it.

The thesis of this polemic seems to be the same as that of Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas?, which is that middle America has been more and more consistently voting for the party with the conservative, jingoistic rhetoric, while completely ignoring the fact that, once in power, that same political party enacts laws that only screw them over further. Because when next election time comes around, the Republican candidate runs on terrorism-this, abortion-that, gay-marriage-the-other, and meanwhile the flavorless pablum that the Democrats have been serving up for the last 25 years in their misguided attempt to pander to the middle, with no emphasis on any recognizable principles of any kind, has left that same middle American cold. And so that American votes for the party of Lincoln, which is also in this day and age the party that brought you Halliburton, Abu Ghraib, and the Department of Homeland Security. And so the Republican wins, in spite of the fact that his first official act will be to bend said hard-working American over a chair, economically speaking. The only times the Democrats emerge from their bland, value-free stupor are under the aegis of a charismatic showman, like Bill Clinton, who sadly couldn't manage to keep his dick in his pants.

Which is probably what prompts Uncle Shelley to write, in a separate e-mail, "OK, so after the latest revelations by the esteemed governor of New Jersey, I have finally figured out the difference: The Democrats lie about making love. The Republicans lie about making war. Pass it on." This I have dutifully done. Thank you, Uncle Shelley!

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