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.

Sources:
1) “Definition of Stockholm Syndrome“. Medicine.net

Rep. Michelle Bachmann on What the Rahm Emmanuel Appointment Means: “It Looks Like The Sopranos”

Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann spoke to Mark Levin on his radio show Wednesday afternoon, after winning a second term in Tuesday’s elections.

Mark asked Congresswoman Bachmann for her opinion on Rahm Emanuel being appointed Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff:

Mark Levin: You’ve dealt with this scoundrel, my word, not yours, Rahm Emanuel, he’s going to be chief of staff to Milhouse, Barack Milhouse Obama. Now the issue here is, he’s a very nasty guy who plays really knuckle politics. This doesn’t look like “change” and “hope”. Does it to you?

Rep. Bachmann: Well, it looks like The Sopranos. I mean that’s kind of what we’re looking at. This is knuckle Chicago politics. And that’s what’s going to be in the White House now. I mean, we have been, Conservative Republicans have felt the brunt of Rahm Emanuel, this election cycle, last election cycle. It’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen or heard. And now it’s going to come forth out of the White House.

[crosstalk]

Mark Levin: Does this guy, does this guy reach across the aisle, does he ever reach across the aisle? I don’t see it.

Rep. Bachmann: No, it’s called shame and humiliate your opponent. That’s what it is; it’s shame and humiliation.

Mark Levin: So what kind of signal does this send to Republicans in Congress?

Rep. Bachmann: I think what it says is, people are not going to be running for office as Conservative Republicans unless they really mean it and feel it. To go through the kind of brutal lashings that the Democrats are going to be holding out for future office holders, um, you’d really have to think twice, just about your position, your reputation. I’m a mom of five, I had twenty-three foster kids and I worked professionally as a federal tax lawyer, and we’ve started our own business. And to go through something like this, where, really for eighteen days, your name is mud, your ruined, your reputation is destroyed.

And for what? I believe in freedom, I believe in this country. Believe in what you’re trying to talk about everyday on your show, I mean, I’m a huge fan of you, Mark. And you’ve got, you’ve got normal people who want to run for office, ’cause they just love this country, and want the next generation to enjoy freedom. And let the world have a haven to repair to for freedom. And this is what we’re up against.

Because it literally what is now the choice between socialism and those who still believe in the initial foundational principles of freedom. I’m never going to let go of those principles. I don’t care how hard they beat me and humiliate me. I am never letting go of those principles, because I do think they are going to be under assaalt and this is Day 1 of the assault of socialism. But we need strong-minded leadership in D.C. to take these people on.

Mark Levin: Well you are a very, very strong person. We admire you enormously. And as you need to come on, you let us know. You need to do one favor for me, will you make me one promise?

Rep. Bachmann: What?

Mark Levin: Don’t go on “MSLSD”* anymore.

Rep. Bachmann: That you don’t have to worry about, my dear. You absolutely don’t have to worry about that.

We lost some great colleagues last night. I mean true freedom fighters. Tom Feeney, Tim Walbert, Marilyn Musgrave, Steve Shaba, Thelma Drake. We lost true freedom fighters. We hung onto some; Scott Garrett, whose a real hero of mine. So it was brutal and it was bloody, but for those of us who made it through the smoke, it’s because of the generous involvement of your listeners.

And I’m not going there just to put my head under the radar screen. I’m going there because we have to fight. Because if we don’t fight, there is no alternative. That’s what you told us when you spoke to us. We’re it, we’re all that’s left. And if we don’t fight, the only alternative is, is full-bore rampant socialism. You’ll hear from me, you’ll hear from Scott Garrett, you’ll hear from my colleagues. We’re going to go down swinging, we’re not going to let them just roll over us. We’re going to go down swinging. We’re going to let the public know, from the front lines, what we see and hear everyday.

Mark Levin: Well, you are, you make us all proud. My buddy, Scott Garrett, thank God he won, too. And, uh, Congresswoman, God Bless you, and go get ’em.

Rep. Bachmann: We’re going to do it. And thanks a million to your listeners, thank you for making this happen, thank you.

*If you want to know more about what’s being referred to at this point in the conversation, read this post.

Rep. Bachmann is not painting a stilted picture of Rahm Emanuel. He once said, “Republicans can go f*%$ themselves.” But then again, according to a Chicago Tribune reporter who followed him throughout the 2006 Mid-term election cycle, Emanuel’s sentences are laced with profanity and he “extends his middle finger with some regularity”. The Tribune reporter, Naftali Bendavid, was only allowed to report in detail on Emanuel and his tactics after the elections. It’s a long, detailed piece, and while it provides insight into just how Emanuel master-minded Republican defeat, it blasts to shreds the flimsy hopes anyone has of the “new kind of politics” promised by Barack Obama during his campaign. The full story can be read by clicking here.

Constant use of profanity and “flipping the bird”, while endearing qualities in any White House Chief of Staff, are not the sole talents Mr. Emanuel possesses. He is also, apparently, very entertaining when wielding a steak knife. A practially crowing article in the Huffington Post appeared today entitled “Rahm Emanuel: Knife Figher, A Look Back”, details how Emanuel vented his frustration at “enemies” at an after-election dinner with fellow campaign workers. After screaming out a name, Emanuel apparently “stabbed” the table with his steak knife, screaming “Dead!”

We can all only wait to see who will be the next delightful appointment to the coming Obama administration.

No Wonder the Democratic Party’s Symbol is an….A#$!

What a shocker….many Democrats are RUDE!

Is anyone else completely fed up with many members of that so oft self-described “tolerant”  party besides myself? While many conservatives are cowering in the corner, afraid to open their mouths for fear of being called “racist”, “sexist”, “homophobic”, “religious freak”, “stupid”, “crazy”, “bitter”, an on and on and on…..The blue party of the donkey, a.k.a the a$$, seems to have a disproportionate number of neanderthals in its ranks. Why don’t their fellow members call them out?

I know, I know: It’s the Hypocrisy, Stupid

I personally observed some very classy behavior from a group of Obama-Biden protesters just this Sunday, October 5, in Omaha, Nebraska. This lovely bunch took out time from their Sunday afternoon and evening to stand across the street from the ever-growing line of Palin supporters to what end, one can only guess. Many of the signs were childishly insulting.

Wonder if Madeleine Albright meant these kind of women?

Wonder if Madeleine Albright meant these kind of women?

Those of us out here in fly-over country aren’t accustomed to protesters (except occasionally near the University of Nebraska at Lincoln campus).  Besides a number of insulting signs, which were, interestingly enough, largely wielded by women, this nice group of folks took the opportunity to periodically shout nonsense across the street. While we Palin supporters were waiting in line, some of us chatted about the silliness of it all. To the woman in front of me, I queried, “Why aren’t there ever any Republican protesters?” While it was essentially a moot question, she replied that we have better sense, and better things to do with our time, apparently.

In addition to witnessing this group of classless rabble personally, there are some recent examples of similar rabble-like behavior by Democrat public figures and their entourages.

Last night, after the Presidential Debate in Nashville, Senator Claire McCaskill exemplified a high-degree of class when she handed Gov. Mitt Romney the earpiece she had just finished using when interviewed on MSNBC, as he was up next.

“I spit on this before I put it in,” she said to Romney, with a sweet smile.

Politico’s Ben Smith witnessed the exchange. You can read the full blurb here. You will note that McCaskill’s spokesperson later tried to explain away McCaskill’s remark, but apparently Mr. Smith was predisposed to believe McCaskill has a habit of behaving this way. How ladylike she seems to be.

What is definitely more interesting is a post by CBS reporter Dean Reynolds on his “Reporter’s Notebook” on October 7. After having traveled with the Obama campaign for over twelve months, he is now traveling with the McCain campaign. The comparison he draws between the two operations is not flattering to Obama and Company.

I find it interesting that Mr. Reynolds didn’t comment about the incident on June 7 wherein press members were packed onto the campaign plane, left to sit on the run way, and then flown to Chicago, only to be told mid-air that Barack Obama was not on the plane. They had been misled into believing otherwise earlier. The linked New York Times article doesn’t quite convey the level of anger many in the press felt at the time. The deliberate subterfuge was intended to provide cover for a secret meeting with Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s close rival in the Democratic primaries.

While neither a reporter nor a Democrat, I found the entire June 7 incident distasteful simply because it made me wonder how much subterfuge a President Obama might engage in to hide events?

Besides finding oafish behavior, well, just plain, oafish, I also find it sad and frustrating. We’re constantly being lectured to by pundits and even some politicians about “bi-partisanship”. We’re told that we have to find “common ground” and “make compromises”. I don’t know about anyone else, but I have not intention of finding common ground nor making compromises with people who don’t know how to behave civilly.

Conservatives had better learn quickly that there is no point in cowering in the corner. They will be called every name in the book, shouted at, and degraded simply for being….well, conservative.