Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Lunatics are running the Asylum.

The unraveling of the Republican party into fractious opposing camps continues:

Lately, we have collectively been saying a lot of people are conservatives, the noun, when we should be saying they are conservative, the adjective. Here is a good example:

George W. Bush is not a conservative. He is conservative, but not a conservative. While Christianity has certainly always defined who George Bush is, conservatism has not. Put another way in which I think we can all agree, George W. Bush’s gut instinct is a conservative one, but the fiber of his being is not that of a conservative.

I don’t mean to pick on a President I like, but it was Rush Limbaugh in 2005, who was the first real conservative (noun) to say George W. Bush was not a conservative, but had conservative instincts.

Here is where the trouble comes in — there is no rule to separate between the two. Congressman Kevin Brady sent out a press notice yesterday that said “House conservatives,” not “House Republicans”, would hold a press conference on the debt ceiling. The congressmen involved were Steve Scalise (R-LA), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Jim Jordan (R-OH), John Shimkus (R-IL), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Jack Kingston (R-GA), Mike Conaway (R-TX), John Fleming (R-LA), Eric Paulsen (R-MN), Chris Lee (R-NY), and “other House Conservatives.”

I am sure that each of these men is in some way conservative, some absolutely are conservatives, see e.g. Jeb Hensarling, but they are not all one of us. Several on the list are not by definition conservatives, but are by definition Republicans — it is the party that defines them and conservatism only describes one aspect of their being, some more than others.
It really is rather glorious to watch the way these nutbags are completely unraveling. The Republicans nominated Palin to please the religious nutcases in their midst and now find the nutcases running the show and defining themselves as somehow purer than other Republicans.

Now the Republicans may have to find themselves passing some sort of test as to whether or not they come up to the standards set by the loons.

It's so insane, it's hysterical.


daveawayfromhome said...

It's just as well that the Republican Party is crumbling, as otherwise they'd be about guaranteed a huge surge in the numebr of seats in Congress they'd control come next November. As it is, anything could happen in the next 12 months.

Interesting times.

Kel said...

They look to me as if they are about to split into two parties: The lunatics and the greedy motherf@ckers. They deserve each other. It's such a delight that they can't live together...