Not A Big Deal
Matt Yglesias seems to be saying that the significance of the political debate in America is overstated:
What should be avoided is the tendency to dramatically overstate the ideological stakes in our political debates. The choice between Democratic candidates and Republicans ones is important and has important consequences. But in the grand scheme of things, you’re seeing what’s basically a friendly debate between two different varieties of the liberal tradition. I think efforts to elide the difference between the religiously inflected populist nationalism of George W Bush and the religiously inflected populist nationalism of Mullah Omar are really absurd, as are the efforts by Glenn Beck to elide the difference between the progressive income tax and Joseph Stalin.
(Emphasis supplied.) Yglesias is doing two things here. The first is saying that in the "grand scheme of things," there is not much to choose from between Republicans and Democrats. I think that is absurd at this point in time. As regular readers know, I have had a lot to criticize regarding the Obama Administration, but the idea that there are not fundamental differences of governing philosophy with the Bush Administration strikes me as one of the dumber things written in some time. More . . .
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