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The Republican Frat-Boy Culture

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Posted on March 29 2010 12:05 pm
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by Reihan Selam

The GOP’s militant antics are a sign of their ruthless will to win. Reihan Salam on how the strategy will either bring them back to power—or doom them to irrelevance.

In the celebrated 1978 film Animal House, John “Bluto” Blutarsky famously rallies the men of Delta House with a riveting speech on the vital importance of fighting even when it seems that all hope is lost. And now, more than three decades later, one can see that same fighting spirit animating the Republicans in Congress, who see the coolly cerebral President Obama as a figure almost as reprehensible as the scheming Dean Vernon Wormer. The ironies are obvious. Wormer was a Nixonian parody of the uptight white establishment, and Delta House represented the anarchic rebelliousness of a more innocent age. Yet it is congressional Republicans, presumed heirs of the uptight white establishment, who’ve been willing to use madcap Delta House tactics in their struggle against Obamacare.

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