The Palinization Of The GOP


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“The headline on Democratic strategist Paul Begala’s recent Newsweek essay dodged subtlety: “The Stupid Party.”

“Republicans used to admire intelligence. But now they’re dumbing themselves down,” was the subhead.

Democrats couldn’t agree more. And quietly, many Republicans share the sentiment. They just can’t seem to stop themselves.

Republicans aren’t really stupid, of course, and Begala acknowledges this. But, as he also pointed out, the conservative brain trust once led by William F. Buckley has been supplanted by talk radio hosts who love to quote Buckley (and boast of his friendship) but who do not share the man’s pedigree or his nimble mind. Moreover, where Buckley tried to rid the GOP of fringe elements, notably the John Birch Society, today’s conservatives have let them back in. The 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference was co-sponsored by the Birchers.

Meanwhile, the big tent fashioned by Ronald Reagan has become bilious with the hot air of religious fervor. No one was more devout than the very-Catholic Buckley, but you didn’t see him convening revivals in the public square. Nor is it likely he would have embraced fundamentalist views that increasingly have forced the party into a corner where science and religion can’t coexist.”

The GOP will continue to be ridiculous as long as it courts the ridiculous…. Make sure and read the whole thing- it’s good.

4 comments on “The Palinization Of The GOP

  1. Howard Solomon says:

    Greg — Thanks for putting the article about my award on your blog. More importantly, congratulations on all your good work. Keep it going….

    Have you seen this NYTimes article re: Penn State? i think it’s a brilliant piece, something your readers should see.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/opinion/sunday/secret-dread-at-penn-state.html

    Add me to your ‘sign me up’ list —

    All best,

    Howard Solomon
    howard.solomon@maine.edu

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  2. dumbgay says:

    Wow. Republicans and Sarah Palin are stupid. Really had to dig deep for this insult (I wouldn’t deign to call it political discussion or analysis), didn’t ya? :)

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