‘The Death of Conservatism’: Republicans lost in the wilderness

 

The author sketches a fine overview of the implosion of contemporary conservatism.

 

Despite its title, Sam Tanenhaus’ new book is not another premature eulogy for a political movement. In fact, it’s a sound diagnosis of a disfiguring ideological disorder that has turned contemporary conservatism into a monstrously unrecognizable shell of its classical self. But the afflicted are too far gone to pay heed. In the next few weeks, Tanenhaus can expect to be dismissed and denounced as a useful idiot of the left. This will only lend further credence to his argument that the Republican Party has been overrun by reality-denying radicals who would rather nurse perceived grievances than engage the changing cultural zeitgeist.

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19 responses to “‘The Death of Conservatism’: Republicans lost in the wilderness

  1. Morning peeps,

    Another shining example of what today’s conservative movement is all about:

    Coburn’s Chief Of Staff On Keeping Kids Away From Porn: ‘All Pornography Is Homosexual Pornography’

    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/19/coburn-schwartz-pornography/

  2. dnd

    Happy National Dog Week!

  3. BTW I saw Tanenhaus on Bill Moyers’ this weekend, definitely this is a book that I’m going to put on my next Amazon order. Tanenhaus seems pretty optimistic that the GOP can rescue itself, I’m not so sure he’s right on this. All the people who I thought had the stones to stand up to the extreme right of the party have increasingly shed their backbones to gain primary votes (Senators Hutchison & McCain comes to mind).

    Tanenhaus also made an interesting point about how the GOP is effectively removing itself from having a part in solving the issues of day and has in effect surrendered the real debate about how we solve our problems to debate within the Democratic Party, I think the debate about health care reform pretty much proves him right.

  4. dnd

    The Rude Pundit on Carter’s observation of racism:

    “9/17/2009
    Regarding Jimmy Carter: Was This Even Up For Discussion?:
    Listen: when former President Jimmy Carter, from rural Georgia in the goddamned 1920s, says something is racist, he knows what the fuck he’s talking about. Can you imagine the number of toothless crackers he grew up around? No, you can’t. Don’t even try. ”

    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/

  5. FYI nanny is laid up with an injured shoulder, perhaps a torn rotator cuff.

  6. dnd

    https://clistersbackchannel.wordpress.com/2009/09/20/the-death-of-conservatism-republicans-lost-in-the-wilderness/#comment-27770

    I told the Yankees it was too early to bring nannymm up to pitch in the majors. Now she’s got a torn rotator cuff. Why won’t they listen to me?

  7. It’s funny talking to her on the phone when she’s on Demerol, LOL

  8. dnd

    As to Tanenhaus’ thesis, I don’t think conservatism is dead, it’s just gone under cover. The current GOP is not conservative, it’s reactionary. So conservatives have become, for lack of a better place to land, independents.

    Again, I think eprof2’s notion is correct. The Republican party will become a minor party of wingnuts, and the Democratic party will split between the moderates and the left.

  9. “Again, I think eprof2’s notion is correct. The Republican party will become a minor party of wingnuts, and the Democratic party will split between the moderates and the left.”

    Don’t hold your breath, the Dems will never split our history is one of being a coalition party.

  10. Update from Nanny:

    Surgery is required, she’s heavily medicated, and she’s steeling herself to battle with the insurance company.

  11. dnd

    “Don’t hold your breath, the Dems will never split our history is one of being a coalition party.”

    “I’m not the member of any organized party. I’m a Democrat.”

    — Will Rogers

  12. dnd

    Sending positive vibes to nannymm. Both for the surgery and dealing with the insurance company.

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