…if the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism is really stupid enough to nominate this man. The bumper sticker will be coupled with other gems like “Newt is a victim.” – Rush Limbaugh or “Everybody’s had an angry ex-spouse.” – Rush Limbaugh and some richly deserved derisive remark about the Family Values Party.
The fascinating thing about this past week is how starkly it highlights the amazing knack American conservatives (and particularly religious conservatives) have for backing dodgy frauds and shady characters–and then embracing the notion that opposition to or criticism of them can *only* be due to some liberal conspiracy. Gingrich played his audience like a fiddle in SC, turning his hypocritical high dudgeon about the press’ interest in the disgusting treatment of his famil(ies) into some kind of orgasmic stimulation of the pleasure center in the audience.
It reminded me of nothing so much as this:
Sheer hatred of the media and the overwhelming wish fulfillment fantasy that all our problems are due to lefty reporters simply crushed rational thought and, like a college sophomore who has had too many beers, the GOP electorate somehow concluded that this man was attactive and suitable material for a long term commitment. If, upon sobering up, this crazy electorate continues to persuade itself of that delusion, it will get exactly what it deserves when he lead it to it Gotterdammerung this fall. Only God knoweth whether the Right will finally begin to repent of the hubris and folly that perpetually blames its own incredible lack of discernment on shadowy conspiracies and not on its own foolish embrace of folk heros who tell it what its itching ears want to hear.
That’s a really vital question, because without a sane Right, there is nobody to oppose this odious man.