Matt Taibbi on Republican Weaklings

Matt TaibbiIf this isn’t the end for the Republican Party, it’ll be a shame. They dominated American political life for 50 years and were never anything but monsters. They bred in their voters the incredible attitude that Republicans were the only people within our borders who raised children, loved their country, died in battle or paid taxes. They even sullied the word “American” by insisting they were the only real ones. They preferred Lubbock to Paris, and their idea of an intellectual was Newt Gingrich. Their leaders, from Ralph Reed to Bill Frist to Tom DeLay to Rick Santorum to Romney and Ryan, were an interminable assembly line of shrieking, witch-hunting celibates, all with the same haircut — the kind of people who thought Iran-Contra was nothing, but would grind the affairs of state to a halt over a blow job or Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.

A century ago, the small-town American was Gary Cooper: tough, silent, upright and confident. The modern Republican Party changed that person into a haranguing neurotic who couldn’t make it through a dinner without quizzing you about your politics. They destroyed the American character. No hell is hot enough for them. And when Trump came along, they rolled over like the weaklings they’ve always been, bowing more or less instantly to his parodic show of strength.

—Matt Taibbi
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4 thoughts on “Matt Taibbi on Republican Weaklings

  1. I’ve long been bugged Taibbi (or his editors) use that photo. It looks smug. Whereas if you see him talking with Amy Goodman, he comes off as your fun nephew, a babyface with a dangerously-Russian drinking habit. Smug not good! Babyface vodka-souse good!

    And one of my favorite writers.

    • I like the photo. I think he looks cute and I love the colors. But my use of the photo is via a questionable Fair Use claim, so I’ll see about getting something else.

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