Are Republicans and “Conservatives” Suffering From Stockholm Syndrome?

One of the funniest things I have heard in a while is a comment by a caller into the Mike Gallagher show. She assessed Republicans and “so-called” Conservatives who have been going along with all of the bailouts, stimulus packages, and other Leftist measures, as suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome”.

For those not familiar, this “condition” is defined as, ” An extraordinary phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor.”(1) The syndrome is so called based on the reaction of hostages taken in a violent 1973 bank robbery in Stockholm Sweden. (More, here.)

Mike Gallagher’s witty caller was certainly funny. Like I said, one of the funniest things I’ve heard in a while. Sometimes it does seem like the Democratic party leadership on Capitol hill must be at least, intermittently, holding some Republican politicians and even some “Conservative” pundits hostage. I’ve often wondered if there’s some bizarre catch and release / re-catch and re-release program going on behind the scenes.

Perhaps the whole bunch has been undergoing a Patty Hearst type of brainwashing in some Congressional closet. The caller might be on to something….

While an amusing explanation, I’m buying this explanation about as much a I bought into the Simpson Dream Team’s explanation of “if they do not fit, you must acquit.”

As attractive as a million amusing and innocuous explanations may be for what appears to be a near total collapse of principles in the Republican party, no amusement, no explanation explains, let alone begins to deal with the truth that must be faced.

1) “Definition of Stockholm Syndrome“.