Here’s wishing the Tea Party luck in its efforts to destroy the GOP. One down, one to go.
A few days ago I wondered if, for the Tea Party, there’s any such thing as “too conservative.” After all:
- Orrin Hatch isn’t conservative enough.
- Thad Cochrane isn’t conservative enough.
- Mitch McConnell and Mike Enzi aren’t conservative enough.
- Justin Amash, Kerry Bentivolio and Mike Simpson aren’t conservative enough.
- John Cornyn isn’t conservative or confrontational enough.
- John Boehner is a “tax and spend liberal.” No, I didn’t make that up. They actually said it.
And now that he sold the right out on a budget deal, you have to figure that Paul Ryan isn’t conservative enough, right?
I spent some time today reviewing the voting records of these gentlemen. Some of them seem to have not-entirely-batshit moments, I guess, which is good. You can’t always be foaming at the mouth. It scares the children. And most voters to the political left of Jesse Helms. But Christ, Club for Growth would primary Strom Thurmond from the right and he actually owned slaves.*
Come on, Bentivolio promised to stage hearings on chemtrails. If you want to primary him from the right go get a shovel because we’re going to have to dig up Genghis Khan.
I know, I know – I’m making sport of a serious issue. Mental illness is no laughing matter, especially in Congress. Dammit, I did it again. Sorry. Let’s try again.
As I said in that earlier post, you wonder if “’conservative’ is a fixed point or is it a moving target that continues receding deeper into the weeds – perhaps a sort of ideological proof of Einstein’s theory of relativity, where ‘conservative’ constantly moves away from us at the speed of light?” If these certifiable DSM-V Teabaggers manage to win, will they themselves be deemed dangerously liberal in four years time? Remember – some of the folks currently under fire here are or were Tea Party darlings.
Is there someone who’s so conservative that he or she simply couldn’t be attacked from the right? You have to think that somewhere out there is the most conservative American. So what happens if you elect this person and he/she then experiences a moment where ideology and reality are so divergent that it simply can’t be ignored, even if said Congressperson has been off the meds for a week or two? What then?
This is important, if you fancy yourself a conservative. See, principles are steadfast things. They are ideas and values writ deeply into granite. All traditions live and breathe and evolve, but in some sense the foundational core of an ideology sets out to be immutable and timeless. In other words, conservatism ought to be an X in the sand. We stand here, as opposed to we stand to the right of wherever you decide to stand. The former is belief. The latter is trolling. It’s an unwitting commitment to political kabuki. It means that you’re dancing to someone else’s tune and if you think those people are working in your interests you’re a lackwit of the first order.
For those among us who genuinely hope for a brighter future, a rising tide that legitimately raises all boats, the Cthulhu wing of the Republican Party is part good thing and part bad thing. As Boehner and Hatch and other “responsible” voices have noted, this incessant nipping from the far right is undercutting their ability to enact their agenda. Since that agenda is patently sociopathic, we applaud your efforts to slow it down.
The not so good part is that when you lose, the Democrats win. What a cynical pack of Clintonite corporatistas they are, too. Are they better than the Republicans? I don’t know. Is getting shot in the dick once better than getting shot in the dick twice?
I wish Club for Growth luck in its attempts to kill the Republican Party. Now if we can find something to kill the Dems maybe America has a chance….
* Okay, that one I did make up. He was nine when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and was therefore too young to own slaves of his own. But you figure he would have, right?