October 24, 2008

Saved by the Skin of our Teeth

Civil War on the Right -- by E. J. Dionne, Jr.

For years, many of the elite conservatives were happy to harvest the votes of devout Christians and gun owners by waging a phony class war against "liberal elitists" and "leftist intellectuals." Suddenly, the conservative writers are discovering that the very anti-intellectualism their side courted and encouraged has begun to consume their movement.

The cause of Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet and William F. Buckley Jr. is now in the hands of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity -- and Sarah Palin. Reason has been overwhelmed by propaganda, ideas by slogans, learned manifestoes by direct-mail hit pieces.

And then there is George W. Bush. Conservatives once hailed him as creating an enduring majority on behalf of their cause. Now, they cast him as the goat in their story of decline.
These days, Bush just looks like a stepping stone along the way. . . .
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libhom said...

This all has its roots in the inability of the right to admit that they are wrong.

two crows said...

hi, libhom--
the "moderate Right" Republicans were more than happy to use the far right wing-nuts so long as they thought they could control them.

surprise! they took over the party.

the party bosses have created a monster. that's what you get when you sell your soul.