Santorum Continues Remembering Everything

…and learning nothing–and his most zealous supporters continue to be discernment-free partisans of the Thing that Used to be Conservatism who think that wearing precious feet pins confers the sacrament of baptism on every crazy war-mongering thing he says. The GOP has a choice in the coming years on foreign policy: it can become more [Read More...]

The Bourbon GOP

Remembering everything.  Learning nothing: “In the debates and in sweeping rallies across the country, Mitt Romney captured the imagination of millions of Americans.”  - Some Romney functionary, doubling down on the epistemic closure bubble Screw prolifers and become a more effective corporate tool while throwing candy and a pretence of caring to disregarded minorities, like [Read More...]

Over at the American Conservative…

Bruce Bartlett describes his experiences trying to break into the epistemic closure bubble of the amazingly delusional Thing That Used to be Conservatism. It’s oddly reminiscent of accounts of deprogrammers working to bring people out of the grip of a cult. The Thing that Used to be Conservatism, both in his account and in my [Read More...]

Andrew Bacevich…

…who has personally paid in blood for the adventurism of chickenhawks among the Ruling Class and the militarism of the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism, loyally loves his country and offers some ideas on how to recover a conservatism that conserves: In recent decades, the Republican Party’s version of conservatism has emphasized three major [Read More...]

It may come as a shock…

but I tend to be idiosyncratic, colloquial and casual in my speech when I blog.  I know.  If you need to lie down for a while as that reality sinks in, I understand. Anyway, because of this, I toss off little coinages for various ideas under the assumption that a regular reader will generally understand [Read More...]

Well that didn’t take long

Somebody wrote to emotionally defecate on me: “so how do you feel now, Mark, knowing that you helped reelect the Butcher of Kenya? you are the traitor here, and no one else. I sincerely hope you repent before you die. The supreme court will be the biggest death panel in the history of the world, [Read More...]

Disconnect on the Right

So for years now, I’ve been listening to the panic-mongering about our atheist Komminiss devout Muslim Nazi President and his imminent seizure of power and imposition of a Stalinist atheist police Sharia radical Islamic state: The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook But [Read More...]

Quote of the Day

A reader writes: “This conscience voter phenomenon is so bizarre.” Exhibit A in why I think we need to focus more on the impact voting has on the voter and less on the (virtually non-existent) impact the vote has on the outcome of an election. That a pro-life Catholic should find the idea of voting [Read More...]

“Prolife Except When It Endangers the Political Life of the Father”

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive When a man like this yaks prolife/family values culture war rhetoric, takes you up on a high mountain, and promisse that “all the kingdoms of the earth will I give you if you bow down and vote for me” don’t. Just [Read More...]

For all Those “Realists” Out There

Here’s some reality.  The reason the GOP is not up in the polls by 15 points against a President this weak in an economy this lousy is not due to a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, or Evil Media, or Erin Manning or even the awesomely powerful Mark Shea and his hypnotic Svengali-like power over a [Read More...]

A perfectly respectable argument for Romney

…and one I am considering, from my good friend Dale Price: He wasn’t even my fifth choice in this cycle, and his record is in many respects indistinguishable from that of the President. Including on the central issue of religious freedom. Yeah, Mitt’s a bit of a giant liar on his record in Massachusetts. But/However/Nonetheless [Read More...]

“Conservative Catholic” Zeal for the Culture of Death

The other day, we took a look at one of the great heros of human history, : Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov who ignored orders and did not authorize a retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States when his technology falsely reported incoming nuclear warheads from the US.  I remarked: I cannot help but wonder [Read More...]