'I Hate People,' The GOP Theme Song?

In the warm, generous glow of the Christmas season, it's quite expected that scolds of the Left will accuse the conservatives of being the very archetype of Ebenezer Scrooge. On The Daily Kos, Mark Sumner touts a Scrooge musical over diversions like "knife fighting for this year's top toy," especially when you can describe "I Hate People" as a "secret Republican theme song":

When it comes to musical versions of Dicken's [sic] ghost story, I much prefer the 1970 version Scrooge with Albert Finney in the titular role. With a dozen (if not a hundred) other versions of the story competing for a spot on your 500 channel tuner, this very British turn is often overlooked. However, this is the one irresistible marker of season at my house. And at any time of year, my curmudgeonly heart is warmed by a verse of "I hate Christmas," [sic] which I think of as the secret Republican theme song (when I see the indolent classes, sitting on their indolent asses, drinking ale from indolent glasses, I hate people).

This trope usually comes out  in bursts, like Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne on NPR on November 19: "Congressman Mike Pence said, well, we have to find a way to pay for unemployment, ensure its extension. But they're not saying that about tax cuts for the rich. I think this is really making Scrooge look like a philanthropist, a generous philanthropist."

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Tim Graham
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