Rick Moran on Rush and Newt [Dan Collins]
Rick’s got a post up, analyzing how, in his view, Limbaugh is a political fantasist who is hurting the Republican Party and conservatism in general. I’m not going to reproduce bits and pieces of it here, because it’s longish and you really should go read the thing in its entirety to get the full flavor of Rick’s complaint. To gloss, though, he’s saying in effect that classical liberals such as PWers are revanchists, and he completely cedes to the cynical framing of the issue that, if his piece is any indication, Emanuel, Begala, Stephanopoulos, Carville, Gibbs and company have aimed for successfully. Put aside for a moment “bellweather” and “appropos”–an overused and generally misapplied expression even when spelled correctly–and consider the claim that anyone who was anybody in conservative circles was at CPAC, with the possible exception of centrists. The arrogant chuckleheadedness of this formulation is nicely dispatched (in anticipation) by Jeff, when he says,
We OUTLAWS are, it seems to me, the real lost middle â€” the legal conservatives and classical liberals who have been framed, on the one hand, as rabid rightwingers by both progressives and big government GOP â€œpragmatists,â€ or else completely marginalized on the other by those on the right who have, through various market forces and (I suspect) a bit of self selection, come to be the filters for what kinds of arguments get read and considered.
And as both Jeff and Mike remind us, there is no advantage to ceding to the premises afforded us by progressive oppo researchers and gleefully repeated in the MSM. It is a losing strategy from the start. It may well be a mature thing to recognize that the social welfare state as it presently exists will not be dismantled, but that it’s not a realistic political prospect doesn’t mean that it’s not a useful philosophical objective and a necessary heuristic correlative to the Marxist Utopianism that is being foisted on us in the guise of hope and change–a utopianism that historically has never ended in increased quality of life for those who live under it, and that has never even been as fully realized as Jeffersonian yeoman landholder-ism.
Rick Moran thinks that it’s unreasonable to assume that people will willingly dispense with the benefits that they receive at present from The State. Perhaps that’s so, but it’s also so that Obama and company intend to grow The State to encompass more and more of the benefits that have been distributed by private entities. What he doesn’t speak to, and what Rush Limbaugh among others does, is the costs side of the ledger. Who needs to invest more in their education? Doctors, or lawyers? Why is one class, that represents real scientific knowledge, now going to be forced to subserve the agenda of the other, enforced by bean-counters and public relations morons who have no understanding of the practice of medicine? By all means, ferret out the waste in our health care system, but while you’re at it, why don’t you start to consider what the costs to our society are from nuisance lawsuits and insane malpractice payouts? If we can have high quality low cost health care for all, why cannot we also have high quality low cost legal representation for all? Hmmm?
Maybe, by educating people about the strings that come attached with all that government largesse, wrenched out of their pockets to be partially re-bestowed on them by people who understand their best interests better than they, people can be stirred to say, “Fuck you,” which really is the appropriate response.
Addendum: Insty thinks that Steele might have chosen a bad “juncture” at which to go after Limbaugh. I’m not sure what that means, but there it is.
Preston Taylor Holmes has related thoughts about Alan Keyes.
And right on cue, David Plouffe channels Alinsky at the WaPo.
Watching the Republicans operate this past month, it would appear that they missed that unmistakable signal.
Instead, Rush Limbaugh has become their leader.
Limbaugh, of course, told his radio listeners that he’s rooting for President Obama to fail — and hoping the president’s ideas for bolstering our economy fail with him. For many Americans, hungry for leadership and cooperation, this sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. When Limbaugh reiterated the sentiment this weekend, hundreds of Republican conservatives cheered him on. But instead of rebuking the radio personality or charting their own course, Republican leaders in Washington are paralyzed with fear of crossing their leader. Less than 24 hours after committing the unforgivable sin of criticizing Limbaugh, RNC Chairman Michael Steele felt compelled to publicly apologize. He was not the first and will certainly not be the last.
I liked it better when I was receiving encrypted messages in terrorist videos from Karl Rove.
Warner Todd Huston (who apparently refers to himself by his initials, online . . . glad that his last name doesn’t begin with “F”) talking about this kerfuffle at the B-Cast, yesterday. If you watch the livecast today, say happy birthday to the guy who works with Liz.
Dan Riehl traces anti-Limbaugh ad to . . . well, let’s just say he gets it.
So does Stacy. So, that’s Hendrix, Riehl, Holmes, McCain (the other) who can count themselves among the extremists.