Brooks is amazingly inconsistent. He’ll go weeks in row with unimpressive, routine, sometime bizarre, hash. Then, he’ll nail one.
Like this one on the future of conservatism (aka the Republican Party).
Without taking sides, or expressing any personal preference, this last paragraph seems to be absolutely correct:
The debate between the camps (“Traditionalist” vs. “Reformist” Conservatives) is heating up.
Only one thing is for sure: In the near term, the Traditionalists are going to win the fight for supremacy in the G.O.P.
They are going to win, first, because Congressional Republicans are predominantly Traditionalists. Republicans from the coasts and the upper Midwest are largely gone. Among the remaining members, the popular view is that Republicans have been losing because they haven’t been conservative enough.
Second, Traditionalists have the institutions. Over the past 40 years, the Conservative Old Guard has built up a movement of activist groups, donor networks, think tanks and publicity arms. The reformists, on the other hand, have no institutions.
Yep. the reformists, seem to me, to consist of Brooks and Ross Douthat and a few other columnists. Wow, are they gonna get clobbered in the coming years of the GOP.
Isn’t that what this group should be discussing?
Now Barack Hussein Obama is no peanut-farming, triangulating, “big government is dead” Clinton/Carter type bubba Southern favorite son. Yet he won Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina. And Georgia was a close call, and the demographic trends in Texas will make future Socialist Negroes competitive there. Yikes.
Is this map all that’s left of Nixon’s vaunted Southern Strategy?
So, what will it be for the Republicans?
I’m betting on a ‘doubling down’ strategy, promoted by the Limbaugh-Palin-Malkin-Hannity wing. “We were not conservative enough!” I actually heard Rush Limbaugh Explaining It All (live on my car radio), which Ross Douthat picked up on, transcribed, and commented. It’s well worth reading, to understand the thinking of that wing of the party.
Even more “true conservatism.”
Oh yeah, that’s the answer. Go for it, GOP!
Barack Obama elected 44th President of the United States.
Black Panthers (DOUBLE SCARY) blocking Republican voters from voting in all-Democratic precinct of north Philadelphia.
Atlas Juggs goes totally bat guano.
You can scroll and scroll and scroll. It’s hilarious. EVERY single last Obama smear, all rolled up into one mega-post.
I think she’s claiming that Malcolm X is really Obama’s father, but the post is so turgid and verbose and ridiculous, I’m not sure. Jomo Kenyatta? How, in the name of God, did she work Jomo Kenyatta into this?
They gotta retire the Golden Wingnut award after this one.
Where have you gone, Joe Wurzelbacher,
John McCain turns his lonely eyes to you.
What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson.
Plumbing Joe has left and gone away,
Hey hey hey.
per NY Times:
DEFIANCE, Ohio — Where was Joe?
Here in Defiance — a town that sums up the mood of Senator John McCain right now – the Republican nominee gave a shoutout this morning to America’s most famous plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher, who was, or so the candidate thought, in the audience.
“Joe’s with us today!’’ Mr. McCain hollered at a cold outdoor rally at Defiance Junior High School. “Joe, where are you? Where is Joe? Is Joe here with us today?’’
Maybe just a scheduling foul-up, but a funny one.
In the comments, there’s been some discussion of Sarah’s Palin’s ignorant dissing of “fruit fly research,” which she apparently does not know has been a mainstay of genetic research for decades, including work on autism. PZMyers has the background and, of course, his trademark denunciation.
I’ll go a step further, further than Myers and other commentary I’ve read.
Palin’s dissing of “fruit fly” research was a deliberate dogwhistle to the creationists. Anyone who’s ever gotten into any kind of evo-creo debate has encountered the following: “So the evilutionists claim to have seen new species of fruit flies evolve? Big deal. They’re still just fruit flies.” It’s like a reference to the Dred Scott decision, vis a vis the abortion debate. Fruit flies are one of the creationists favorite “nyuk nyuk nyuk … you got nothing, ya egghead evilutionist” tag lines.
As for “Paris,” that’s just a little more Axis of Weasel icing on the creationist cake.
Marc Ambinder seems to me to be on target with his observations.
And if she wants the job, she’s easily the frontrunner to become THE voice of the angry Right in the Wilderness. She is a favorite of talk radio and Fox News conservatives, and speaks their language as only a true member of the club can. (Her recent Limbaugh interview was full of dog whistles that any Dittohead would recognize. Including her actual use of the word ditto.)
Palin will have plenty of time to become fluent on national issues. She will easily benefit from the low expectations threshhold, and will probably even garner positive reviews from the MSM types who disparage her today.
Palin will be judged to be “ready” in four years. George Will and David Brooks and Peggy Noonan will all swoon over her once more. Ok, maybe not George Will.
Yikes. President Palin? Thanks a lot, John!
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