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Fox News: Random Word Generator

Fox Freaks Out Over CVS Ending Sales Of Tobacco | Blog | Media Matters for America.

On Fox’s The Real Story, host Gretchen Carlson approached the CVS decision with suspicion and a remarkably uninformed premise, asking, “Is it OK legally … to restrict tobacco availability in a private store like this?” She questioned her guests as to whether they would continue shopping at CVS and observed that, “For people who smoke, you know, they have a right to buy cigarettes. It’s not illegal.”

So a private company makes a business decision that liberals — and specifically President Obama —  think is a good idea, and suddenly it’s not clear to Fox News whether it’s OK.  What’s the alternative:  requiring CVS to sell its quota of tobacco to meet the current five-year plan?

The GOP is supposed to be the party of private enterprise.   Then CVS makes an inventory decision, or Costco makes a salary decision, or Coca-Cola makes a marketing decision, or Obamacare makes it easier to quit your job and start a new small business (or stay home with your kids), and the right rejects these monumentally pro-business moves for the simple reason that the left likes them.

Today’s Republican party is not the party of private enterprise.  It’s the party of anger.  Knee-jerk anger.  I guess its chances of long-term success depend not so much on policies or demographics, but on the ability to sustain content-free anger.