An Insurgent Outlier?

The American EagleOf late, much as been made in the Blogosphere by Liberals and Progressives – and the more mainstream professional Democrats – about Thomas E. Mann’s and Norman J. Ornstein’s recent assault upon the GOP.

The Leftists living within America’s borders love it since it stays staunchly within their narrative experience, and reinforces their ideological beliefs.

Mostly, the focus had been upon one paragraph in their lengthy Op-ed of April 27, 2012:

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

While Mann and Ornstein meant this as approbation, there’s truth in it and it is something that the burgeoning Conservative arm of the GOP should be heartily proud of.

Yes! The current Republican Party, largely through the efforts of TEA Party and those the elected into office, is insurgent outlier in American politics. They are no longer willing to maintain the destructive farce that is, and has been for generations, the status quo of American politics. They don’t just want change, they want and demand a course correction – because that’s what we, the People told them to want.

What has generations of weakness and cowardice bought America? What has generations of what is called compromise within the beltway brought this nation to? What has lifetimes of holding to the conventional DC wisdom and understanding done to this nation and its people?

It has brought us closer and closer to the brink of disaster and utter ruin!  For any party or constituency to think that more of the same will improve things is the most cowardly form of madness.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

— Albert Einstein

The “sausage making” methodology that the Establishment Politicians of both parties have engaged in when making laws is akin to that of Sweeny Todd and Mrs. Lovett, with the American people and the co-residents, the Liberals, Progressives, and their minority tenants being what is ground up for the filling.

So yes! There’s, at last and possibly too late, a political insurgency in the form of the new, TEA Party infused GOP. We, the People have decided to stop being the victims and to play the part of the horrified and vengeful Tobias Ragg and they are the straight razor we have employed to do the job on our Todd and Lovett.

Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein

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The Beltway Bottom Feeders – Living off DC’s shit for 40 Years

And this scares and angers people like Thomas E. Mann’s and Norman J. Ornstein who’ve spent the entire adult lives feeding off of the ever more insulated and aloof from the citizenry federal government.

One need only review how Mann and Ornstein lauded the mainstream of the Democrat Party to see what they’re focused upon.

Democrats have become more of a status-quo party. They are centrist protectors of government…

Protectors of the government from what exactly? We, the People’s input and control of course. Such a thing strikes fear into the hearts of such as Mann and Ornstein because it directly affects their ability to continue to make their livings in their chosen manner.

Simply put, Mann and Orstein are bottom feeders – I won’t go quite so far as to call them parasites – that have been living of the professional politicians’ excrement for 40 years. Amazingly, they’ve become respected for this, which says much against some sectors of American society. So does the sad fact that these two have grown rich by such means.

I yeah, and the two of them have new book coming out that this assault is merely a trailer for…

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12 Responses to “An Insurgent Outlier?”

  1. Moe Says:

    Ornstein is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and has been as long as I can remember. When did he “feed off the federal tit”?

    I’ve seen them both intereviewed on teeveee – at length on CSpan and PBS. They blamed everyone, both parties, the system, lobbyists, voters, rules but they were also very clear about assigning much more blame to the Republican Party than the Dems.

    Both these guys are centrists, in spite of the AEI connection and for my money, that’s what this country needs. Extreme views are destructive of democracies. Slow and steady brings the boat in. Slow and steady.

  2. Moe Says:

    Meant to add that I”m working on a post on same subject because of Lugar’s statement. I think it will differ somewhat from yours. 🙂

  3. jonolan Says:

    Oh no, Moe – I specifically said that I wouldn’t go so far as to call them parasites. They’re don’t“feed off the federal tit;” they feed off the shit that floats down to them, which is why the come across as Centrists to the average person.

    For decades they’ve made their living off of the status quo of a government protected from the will of the people and they’re dead set against anything, Right or Left, that might disrupt that.

  4. Moe Says:

    I’m curious jonolan, who, if anyone, in the DC orbit over recent years (20 years? 30 years?) represents or comes close to your view of how govt should work. Who do you approve of?

  5. jonolan Says:

    Ronald Reagan (Within the context of his time)
    Madeleine Albright
    Condoleezza Rice
    Colin Powell
    Al Franken
    Eric Cantor
    Ron Paul (Not as POTUS!)
    Steve King

    That’s about all that come to mind.

  6. Alan Scott Says:

    In case anyone cares, we have to tame our entitlements. Just as in Europe the liberals will fight to the death to stop that. Ryan’s plan is the only sane one out there. Democrats know it and lie about it.

    We are ruled by Detroitonomics. A great American city has been run into the ground. Higher and higher wages and pensions for government workers, higher and higher taxes, demonization of private wealth. Destruction of the tax base. And of course race politics.

    The cool thing about Detroit is that Liberals are getting their wish. Nature is taking back the city. Trees are growing in the middle of abandoned buildings. Detroit is almost the American Chernobyl. A soon to be abandoned city, and we did not even have to nuke it.

  7. jonolan Says:


    Americans care and we know that we have to tame the entitlement programs, both for economic reasons and because they’re little more than examples of animal husbandry applied to certain demographics.

    You’re also very right about Detroit. It’s an example of what happens when race politics and entitlements intersect without control – a disaster and a failure.

    I’ve got to say though that the entitlements for the financial industry and other larger businesses have to be tamed as well because “bail outs” aren’t any better than the “feed troughs” because those “bail outs” teach irresponsibility.

  8. Alan Scott Says:


    Since you brought up financials. I have to admit being puzzled by JP Morgan’s $ 2 billion loss in derivatives trading. It takes very smart people to even understand what they are, not to mention trade them. Yet the financial geniuses continue lose their asses with them, having learned nothing during the 08 bust.

    I mean I never thought that Jon Corzine was that smart, so when he lost his shirt in European debt it did not shock me, but JP Morgan wasn’t supposed to be that stupid. Though Morgan shouldn’t need a bailout this time.

  9. jonolan Says:

    To put it simply, they took a position that had some risk to hedge against greater risks, but this made them vulnerable to attacks by various hedge funds – not too uncommon in the credit default swap indicies – and those attacks happened.

    This sort of thing periodically happens as the smaller hedge funds seek to find a shifting balance with the big players like Morgan Stanley.

  10. Alan Scott Says:


    Why is it always some idiot in London who causes it? Jaime Dimon forgot to babysit his London children. As I remember it was AIG’s London office also that caused it’s troubles. If you just shut down London the whole world would probably boom. Just kidding.

    Anyway, I suppose the event strengthens the regulators, though Dodd-Frank seems to be worthless in preventing it or MFGLQ ’s little embarrassment.

  11. jonolan Says:

    Yeah, truth be told, I can’t figure that out either.

  12. Ron Libby Says:

    See Ronald Libby’s new Tea Party book, “Purging the Republican Party: Tea Party Campaigns and Elections”, 2014.

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