The Latest #GOP47 Absurdity

U.S. Senate letterhead, from "An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran", authored by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and released 9 March 2015, in an attempt to scuttle P5+1 negotiations and foster war with Iran.

As the #GOP47 themselves run out of excuses for their attempt to sink P5+1 negotiations in hopes of fostering a war with Iran, the conservative press will, naturally, attempt to step up to fill the silence.

Deroy Murdock of National Review burnishes his conservative credentials―as if contributing to FOX News and declaring his patriotic pride in torture wasn’t enough―trying to provide an astoundingly immature defense for the #GOP47:

National ReviewBefore U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and 46 of his GOP colleagues are frog-marched to the gallows and hanged for treason, one vital point of confusion must be cleared up. Say what you will about the Republicans’ open letter “to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The Cotton/GOP letter regarding Tehran’s atom-bomb talks with Obama was not sent to the ayatollahs. Had Cotton & Co. actually delivered their communiqué to Iran’s mullahs — perhaps via a Swiss diplomatic pouch or something even more cloak and dagger — their critics would be on less swampy ground in calling them “traitors,” as the New York Daily News screamed.

Either through befuddlement or deceit, many of the Republicans’ detractors have echoed this gross inaccuracy.

This is a unique defense, to be certain, at least among professionals. Resorting to the, “Well, the #GOP47 didn’t actually do anything”, is the kind of useless pedantry we can get from internet discussion boards and news site comment threads.

But yes, that is Deroy Murdock’s defense of the #GOP47: The #GOP47 didn’t actually ‘send’ the letter.

It is a curious retreat into literalism that we can certainly witness on a regular basis by wandering through discussion boards and comment threads. There is a standard that sometimes comes up in judicial proceedings, wherein confusion is resolved according to the court’s understanding of what the average person would think or say about an issue. And in this case it is clear that everybody seems to understand what the #GOP47 did.

Deroy Murdock’s pathetic defense of the #GOP47 is pretty much exactly what we’ve come to expect of National Review, whose editor once proclaimed Sarah Palin the winner of a vice-presidential debate because she was sexier than Joe Biden.

At some point, conservatives need to take a deep breath and consider the question of just how much backpedaling is a good idea. At this point, they’re down to, “Well, it didn’t really happen”.

Except it did. And juvenile word games only describe Deroy Murdock’s apparently juvenile intelligence. Seriously, this is the sort of logic a child of single-digit age attempts a few times, and learns quickly that it just doesn’t work.

Is this really how Republicans think? Or―and let me guess, here―are all the good conservatives just being misrepresented by a few vocal bad seeds, and sitting there quietly allowing that misrepresentation to occur? And why would they do that? Is it a sincere belief according to stunted intellect, or just a convenience because maybe they aren’t specifically down with war in Iran, but, you know, the GOP is protecting them from the evil gays, the dirty women, and the idea that some CEO somewhere should have to pay a bit more in taxes. They may not be protecting what they have, but, rather, holding out for what they want.

But at some point, this is all okay with conservatives, which might be worth remembering the next time you have to suffer the presence of Republicans.


Murdock, Deroy. “The Cotton Letter Was Not Sent Anywhere, Especially Not to Iran”. National Review. 16 March 2015.

Lowry, Rich. “Projecting through the Screen”. National Review. 3 October 2008.

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