Rick Moran would like it known that while he still thinks your inelegant right-wing extremism is gauche and unfairly dismissive of those witty, urbane, educated Republicans who are far better than you any of you can ever hope to be and who simply can’t stand you and your stupid uncompromising “principles”, he nevertheless admits that — likely by accident, or dumb luck — you’re sorta kinda correct about their being a Republican establishment — albeit correct in that dirty, hillbillyish, non-witty non-urbane and non-educated way that seems to be the standard with filthy moronic declasse haters who simply don’t know their place and continue to mock their betters, among which Mr Moran may or may not count himself.
At least, I think that’s the gist of this bitter little screed, which drips contempt and resignation like creamy dollops from Tucker Carlson’s bow tie, were Tucker Carlson’s bow tie somehow made of butter or tallow and set carelessly near an open flame or other heat source.
Of course there’s a GOP establishment and he’s Exhibit A. The existence of the Republican Party as a political entity demands there be some kind of establishment from which leaders are chosen, favors dispensed, and conduits created so that ideas can be channeled into the most productive venues and nurtured and incorporated. And the nature of political society demands that there be a conservative establishment also for much the same reasons. Whether one listens to or obeys establishment figures is another story, but whether you wish to marginalize them or ignore them, you can’t destroy them. Knock one off, another will take their place. The establishment is dead. Long live the establishment.
The establishment doesn’t refer to Obama as a “Communist” (although they may refer to his “socialist policies”), nor do they make reference to Obama as a “dictator.” What mostly defines an establishment member these days is the level of disdain exhibited toward Tea Partiers, the evangelical right, and the anti-science Luddites and anti-intellectual galoots who make up a sizable minority of the GOP base and who threaten to determine who will face Barack Obama in 2012.
The prospect of denim-wearing, dirty-fingernail, rank-and-file activists actually having an impact on the nominating process for the GOP presidential candidate has the establishment wringing their hands and scrambling to find another candidate more in line with their idea of governance. Take their money? Sure. Direct their energies into volunteer efforts for candidates? Absolutely.
But let them decide who should represent them as a candidate for president? Perish the thought.
Politics will have its way with them. If they nominate someone unacceptable to the establishment but who wins anyway, their wisdom will have been proven correct and their influence will grow. On the other hand, if a Tea Party-supported candidate gets clobbered, they will be taken down a few pegs and, as happened in 1968 following the Goldwater drubbing, a more establishment-oriented candidate will probably emerge next time around. In politics, nothing succeeds like success and the push-pull between Tea Party and establishment will work its way out at the ballot box.
This doesn’t solve the establishment’s current dilemma. While the Tea Partiers see Mitt Romney as the darling of the establishment, the button-down set isn’t sold on him. They might like the cut of the former Massachusetts governor’s jib but he changes his top sail too often and his spinnaker is often left flapping to port.
Three candidates have been prominently mentioned and would almost certainly meet with the establishment’s approval to one degree or another: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York Governor George Pataki, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Unfortunately for the Ralph Lauren set, both Christie and Pataki have declared themselves out of the race, while Guiliani is still mulling things over. Besides, even if they changed their minds, the challenges facing each of them would be immense.
So while there may be room for more candidates in the GOP field (Sarah Palin may eventually stop her “Dance of the Coquettes” and declare one way or another), the bad news for the establishment is that there is no one on the horizon who could fill their aching hearts and heal the breach in their souls as they survey the 2012 Republican field.
They are stuck with dopes, jokes, and frauds and they better get used to it.
Or maybe they can just dust McCain off and give him another go.
— The era of Reagan and his uncompromising adherence to conservative ideals being over and whatnot.
And who knows? If there is any social justice in the world, maybe the dull, grassroots galoots and the Visigoths with the dirty fingernails will get distracted by something shiny just in time to forget about both the GOP primaries and the 2012 elections. At which point Mr Moran and some of the better types can perhaps get together and choose for the right wing rabble a candidate to run against Barack Obama who wouldn’t so embarrass the establishment — this being, of course, the most important trait in a potential President.
Because sure, Obama is a faculty lounge socialist who’s been a complete disaster as President; but you can’t say he doesn’t hit all the proper identity markers as member of the swell and educated gentry.
And in the end, isn’t that what leadership is all about?