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On the Republican side, Iraq was a war of liberation if you ask them in 2013.  On the Republican side, the Iraq war is what kept us safe so we wouldn’t get attacked again like we did on 9/11 if you ask them in 2012. “That smoking gun could have been a mushroom cloud! Thank God we went in!”  They are still there arguing that.  We have been through two presidential election cycles since then.  It is now 10 years after the war and the war is over, and this is still the line at the top-tier of the Republican party — trying to sell us the same lies that got us into that war in the first place.

Rachel Maddow, on what the Republican party still doesn’t understand about the Iraq war.

If I lived in Wisconsin, I would be uncomfortable with this man, whom I find more Nixonian than even Richard Nixon himself (the authoritarian leader with whom I was, and am, so very familiar).


--John W. Dean, who served as counsel to President Nixon. 

Good Luck Wisconsin, You've Got A Classic Authoritarian Governor


John Dean served in the Nixon administration as Counsel to the President from 1970-1973.  He has studied authoritarian personality types in politics (along with Robert Altemeyer) and authored the book Conservatives Without Conscience.  And in his column for Justia this week (linked above) he assessed whether Gov. Scott Walker displays authoritarian personality traits.  

For some background: Dean explained here that authoritarian leaders are typically dominating, oppose equality, desire personal power, and may be vengeful, dishonest, and manipulative in dealing with other people.  Authoritarian followers tend to be uncritical toward chosen authority figures, conventional, narrow-minded, and highly punitive. “Double High” refers to people who garner high scores on assessments of both authoritarian leader and authoritarian follower qualities.

Double Highs are endowed with a host of negative personality traits, and, it seems such traits, in Double Highs, are always present in excess.  For example, Double Highs are not merely prejudiced, they are doubly so.  Their orders are to be followed, but not by them.  They are not merely dogmatic, but defiantly insistent upon their dogmas.  They are not only manipulative of others, but talented at their manipulation.  

What did he know and when did he know it?

(Source: secure.actblue.com)