It's really very simple:
One topic that's being discussed this week is the notion of the "honest conservative". The starting point
was this observation, which some say applies to the Bush administration:
Of the three features—-personal honesty, sincere support of the regime, and intelligence—-it was possible to combine only two, never all three. If one was honest and supportive, one was not very bright; if one was bright and supportive, one was not honest; if one was honest and bright, one was not supportive...
Then there was a follow-up
which noted that the current pivoting of conservatives away from Bush is preparation for attacks on the Democratic president. Then Digby
weighed in, followed by Tristero
Look, here's what's happened. Starting with the Gingrich revolution of 1994:
The Republcan party became vicious, corrupt, and authoritarian, with the goal of destroying the New Deal and giving more power to the plutocrats, using religion and and jingoism for political gain.
Let's not get distracted with fine distinctions over wheather or not a particular Republican or conservative is "intelligent" or "honest" or whatever. That kind of analysis might have made sense decades ago, but not now. Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford were Republicans who accepted the New Deal and Great Society. The current breed of Republican does not. They don't want to use government to assist the poor or the unfortunate. While the Republicans controlled Congress for more than a decade
, the minimum wage
wasn't raised, food stamps
weren't raised, qualifying for Medicaid became harder, etc. If you read Dick Armey over at Time's Swampland you got a taste of that kind of thinking. Republicans don't care about government except to the extent that it can be used to raid trust funds and shovel money to their rich friends.
Looking for an "honest conservative" is a fool's errand.
Spot on post. I got rid of my Republican friends during this nightmarish Shrub administration.
During the Clinton years, my brother and I nearly came to blows over a Thanksgiving dinner about the impeachment struggle (he was pro, I was anti).
During the Bush administration, however, he's become a pretty anti-Republican sort. Of course, it might have to do with the fact that he married a woman even more liberal than I am, but I think it has a lot to do with the fact he knows there's virtually no such thing as an honest Republican anymore. And he ought to know - he's a DC lawyer.