Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How Stupid Is The No Labels Movement?

There’s an old story in the British Army about a cavalry officer who was so stupid that the other cavalry officers started to notice it. In the same vein, I’ve written that I once knew an “ex-alcoholic, ex-lumberjack who told me that when he was a lumberjack, his nickname was “Psycho.” I said “Excuse me, do you mean that you were so crazy that the other lumberjacks called you ‘Psycho’?”

So, how stupid is David Frum’s No Labels movement? So stupid that John Podhoretz started to notice, and so stupid that Frank Rich thinks it’s stupid. Rich’s column in today’s New York Times is called The Bipartisanship Racket, the title of which reminds us why the NoLabels movement is stupid–“IN AMERICA, WE have a two-party system,” a Republican congressional staffer is supposed to have told a visiting group of Russian legislators some years ago.

“There is the stupid party. And there is the evil party. I am proud to be a member of the stupid party.”

He added: “Periodically, the two parties get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. This is called—bipartisanship.”[Immigration policy stupid, evil and hurting Americans, By Peter Brimelow, Contra Costa Times, December 4, 1999]