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Those Pesky Republicans–Still Republican!

The New York Times is disappointed that its campaign to de-legitimize conservative thought has not brought the surrender of Arizona Republicans: “Talk of Bipartisan Progress Fading in Arizona.”

As the days pass since the Tucson shooting spree, all that talk of bipartisan handholding, toning down the decibel level and working shoulder-to-shoulder for the betterment of the voters is losing some of its edge here as Arizona appears to be slipping back into its old ways. …

The paper’s Exhibit A is the fact that Tea Party members are demonstrating in favor of the recall of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. But, given that Dupnik referred to his own constituents as “the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry,” it is hardly surprising that some of those constituents have taken offense. This appears to be the real gist of the Times’s complaint:

Kyrsten Sinema, a Democratic state senator who opposes both those measures, said she had had better success since the shootings dealing with Republican leaders on procedural matters, like allowing Democrats adequate time to speak out against things they find outrageous. But she said the Tucson tragedy had not caused Republicans to forge a common agenda with Democrats.

Of course not. The whole point of politics is to resolve issues about which people disagree. It would be absurd for Republicans and Democrats to share a “common agenda.” What the Times has in mind, of course, is the Republicans knuckling under to the Democrats’ agenda. It should be no surprise to anyone that this hasn’t happened, and won’t happen.

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