Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Scarlett 'R'

Dr. Helen is wearing one.
Many times, people mistakenly call me a Republican although I am a right-leaning libertarian. Apparently, labeling one as a Republican gives ammunition to call one sexist, evil, mean spirited or just plain scum. How many times do you hear someone apologizing for having right leaning views -- "Oh, no, I am not really a Republican, I have other views etc." My question is, what if one is a Republican or right leaning. So what? Is that a crime?
It does feel that way, as I've noted similar discomfort before. On a related note, James Taranto observed that even though Republicans lost the mid-term elections, many weren't as unhappy as they thought they'd be before the elections when predicting a loss:

According to Gilbert and Vedantam, this is a normal pattern. People almost always feel less bad than they expect after suffering a loss--even something as horrific as the death of a child. That's because "when people are asked to predict how they will feel about something, they think about just that one thing instead of all the other things that make up everyday life." It's not that they don't feel the loss but that the demands and distractions of living keep them from focusing on it single-mindedly.

All of which seems quite sensible, but leaves one big question unanswered: How come the Angry Left deviated from this normal pattern?

So, what about the Angry Right? You don't hear much about them.

Added: I should amend that to I don't hear much about them. I imagine lots of Lefties do, and that gets them stirred up into saying something outrageous, which gets Righties stirred into outrage, and so on, and so on, and so on...

13 Comments:

Anonymous luther said...

Where's the Angry Right? The Right doesn't get angry - it gets even!!! :)

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read Dr. Helen's & Althouse's pov's. And after reading some of the comments re Delay's blog, I realized the Left are not only angry but uncouth crass dolts....at best...which isn't saying much.

Dana

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason, I can't login to my Blogger account through this comments section. I must be having the same problem that Dana's been having.

The Right doesn't get angry - it gets even!!! :)

The Right will get even in 2008. Count on it!

I realized the Left are not only angry but uncouth crass dolts

David Ehrenstein exemplifies that fact, as do many of my university colleagues.

Mike in S.A.

9:29 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Those Angry Leftists just need some Viagra!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, Mike in S.A., I'm so glad you can't login either - I thought I was having a major cranial cramp and couldn't figure it out!

I find it rather interesting that the left consistently reacts with explosive emotion coupled with little or no logic and rational thought. If a pov is sound, with reason, and logical, why does one need to resort to unabashed anger & vulgarity?

Dana

9:51 PM  
Anonymous luther said...

I must admit I didn't pay as much attention to politics in the 90s - but wasn't the right pretty darn angry, even down right pissed off, everytime William J. Clinton won an election? Then when George W. Bush was elected I frequently heard comments that the lefts hatred of Bush rivaled the rights hatred of Clinton - and with both being an unhealthy anger that blocked peoples abilities to move forward in a pragmatic fashion.

The Right will get even in 2008. Count on it!

I heard today that if Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson can't resume office that the Governor (who is a Republican) gets to appoint his replacement. If that happens the Dems lose control of the Senate since Cheney becomes the tie breaker vote. Its always interesting.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Well, I wish the Senator good luck and good health!

You make an interesting point. I wasn't paying much attention to politics in the 90's either, but that's what I've heard too--that Clinton's very existence used to enrage Righties.

On a personal level, I'm looking forward to testing my incipient philosophies during this Democratic-led Congress.

On a side note: a friend of mine was recently ticked about the hypocrisy of Florida Republican Foley. My guess is she has no clue
about Democratic Rep. Gerry Studs. But that's the deal--Repubs supposedly came to power b/c they were going to clean up the Washington ethics problems, and then they didn't. They did not institutionalize reform.

Republicans aren't better people than Democrats, nor are Democrats better than Republicans, which is why whichever party is in power needs to institute reform.

I'm watching. Well, at least until something interesting comes on TV!

9:51 AM  
Anonymous william jefferson clinton said...

Are you crazy Bob?! The last thing the Angry Leftist need is Viagra. Look at how much trouble I got into without ever taking Viagra!!!

Best regards and Happy Holidays,
Bill

7:35 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Will no one comment on my insightful comment above? Mr. President? Mr. Senator?

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Nancy, Bob Dole thinks your comment is very insightful. I should have never retired and handed the keys over to Trent Lott and Bill Frist. But then, I wouldn't have been able to make a fortune selling Viagra!

Hey Bill, Bob Dole is crazy........like a fox!!

2:16 AM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

...and Merry Christmas!!!

2:18 AM  
Anonymous william jefferson clinton said...

Yummy mamma everything you write is insightful!!!! Not to mention down right cute!

As I frequently say "Republicans are not bad - they just see the world differently than we do." (And by we I mean Hillary, Al and myself) And yummy mamma I tried to institute reform but failed - Damn my natural and non-Viagra induced libido!!! Dam it all to Hell!!!

Oh before I forget, you do have some mistletoe up for when I come to visit right? A big piece of mistletoe?

Bill

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Bob Dole said...

Keep it in your pants, Billy-boy!

1:31 PM  

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