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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, June 08, 2009

Jim Jones coordinates the Republicans

EPM pointed earlier today to a right wing movement towards boycotting GM. I couldn't believe that, but there it is, and it's blowing up. Rush Limbaugh supports the idea of boycotting GM.

Politically, a GM boycott seems like suicide to me, almost like "rooting against the troops." That's the identity they're risking.

We'll probably see some of the elected officials trying to walk this back as they will certainly see the Jim Jones quality of it, but the bottom line is that they hitched their identity to the populist anti-Obama teabagger movement and they're now firmly bound to it.

Republicans will once again face the identity question, "Do you want America/GM to fail just so you can claim Obama is wrong?"

That is the common identity hurdle for opposition parties, and thus far they're not handling it very well at all.

(PS. Maybe the Republicans have finally realized that "working class white males" is the only demographic they haven't alienated so they decided to attack a half a million jobs so they could be unpopular with everybody.)


  • The right wing is really getting into rabid dog territory. It like a guy who owns a Shell station filling up his car at the Mobil station. I mean, its in their best financial interest to help GM SUCCEED! But then again, this is a voting block that's never really voted in their own financial self interest.

    I just don't get it. Petty, prideful and pathetic.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:24 AM  

  • Yeah, Jim Jones. There's Kool aid and then there's Kool aid.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:04 AM  

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