Is America Tired of Republican Extremism?

| Wed Nov. 9, 2011 1:48 PM PST

Harold Meyerson on yesterday's elections:

The common thread in yesterday’s unbroken string of Democratic and progressive victories was the popular rejection of right-wing overreach. From Ohio, where voters overturned by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent Republican Governor John Kasich’s law stripping public employees of collective-bargaining rights; to Maine, where voters overturned by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent Republican Governor Paul LePage’s law abolishing Election Day voter registration; to Arizona, where voters recalled Republican state Senate Leader Russell Pearce, the most vehemently anti-immigrant state legislator in the nation; to, will-wonders-never-cease, Mississippi, where voters rejected an initiative declaring a fertilized egg a person from the moment of conception, effectively outlawing abortion and just maybe birth control as well, by a decisive margin of 57 percent to 43 percent, voters shouted a resounding STOP to the rightward gallop of public policy at the hands of the radicalized Republican Party.

I would very much like to believe this. But I need to cogitate a bit more first. Something about this doesn't quite ring true for some reason, but I'm not sure what. Maybe I need to see Republicans stop the insanity first and send Herman Cain into the dustbin of history where he belongs. Then I'll be a believer.

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