Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Maureen Dowd wannabe

Kathleen Parker:
[T]he evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. . . .
[T]he GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows.
The familiar litany, up to and including more trashing of Sarah Palin. Hey, Kathleen, see if any of this stuff sounds familiar: No Child Left Behind. Iraq. Medicare Part D. Amnesty '06. Katrina. Amnesty '07. Financial meltdown.

Lots of objective reasons there for GOP woes. And which of these issues do you identify as a sop to the low-brow holy-rollers?

The evidence doesn't match your argument, Ms. Parker. The main problem with the Republican Party is going back to Texas Jan. 20, and then conservatives will get back to rebuilding what's left of the GOP, which is slightly less than what was left of it the last time a Bush left the White House.


  1. As you said, the main problem is going back to Texas.

    It's much simpler than that. The bigger problem is that you nominated and voted for that fool twice. Ever since then your judgment is suspect.

  2. When all of the Republicans who enthusiastically backed the Bush/Cheney Administration, and said nothing while they increased the size of government, increased the deficit, and expanded the power of the Presidency beyond the limits of Article II admit that they were wrong, then, maybe, I'll take this seriously.

  3. No Child Left Behind. Iraq. Medicare Part D. Amnesty '06. Katrina. Amnesty '07. Financial meltdown.

    You call these objecive reasons for the GOP disaster?
    As if they happened in a vacuum?
    Ms.Parker is right in her diagnosis.
    The GOP love affair with the Evangelical vote is why the GOP is finds itself in the unenviable position of trying to figure out what to do next. When you rely on a large voter block, who for the most part are motivated by social issues, in a time when fiscal concerns trump the others, you are going to find your crying wolf games will lack the resonance it once had.
    Conservative inability to adjust and adapt is what threatens the party. While the GOP figureheads speak of Conservatism as a cure-all for America's problems, the rest of the country is finally catching up to the 21st century.A party founded on the conservation of imaginary principles is likely to find itself looking in from the stainglass windows of its fallout shelter.
    Ms.Parker has the foresight to see that the world is changing. Conservatives believe that America's greatness derives from self-righteous values and a fictional account of our founders' intentions.
    And while folks like Evangelicals fall for this kind of salesmanship, folks like Bush and Palin will take advantage of them.It's worked for so long. Why stop now, right?
    Lots of objective reasons there for GOP woes.

  4. Not just voted for, but supported wholeheartedly, until elections began to be lost.
    Let us recall all the mocking, all the derision, all the namecalling, all the self-righteous fervor with which the wingnuts denounced everyone who was right about Bush all along.

    Contemplate that next time you wonder why no one gives you and yours any cred, about anything.

  5. Doesn't she know Maureen's not retiring any time soon? Besides, the NYT already filled its RINO quota.

    Oh, David - a lot of us voted for W because the morons you guys nominated gave new meaning to the word "inept". Sometimes you have to go with the lesser of two evils.

  6. Wombat,

    That's a weak excuse. If your vote was the lesser of two evils, then why did you -nominate- Bush? Are you saying he was the best Republican you had to offer? That's even more damning.