From the Dept of Coup de grace: Jeb Bush to address CPAC
Another putative conservative organization that, on the executive level at least, is hoping to redefine conservatism as mush RINOism.
This is Jeb Bush. A man who utterly rejects principle when principle becomes difficult to stand on. Or, as he tries to frame it:
we must not layer onto our fundamental beliefs thick black lines of ideology — black lines that we do not allow ourselves to cross. Those black lines can be comforting, I understand. They provide certainty and stability and ideological purity. But they also restrict the way we think about problems, and make more difficult the kind of reform-minded free thinking that has defined the conservative movement for the last 50 years.
This is precisely the kind of thinking that animates the new Rovean “Conservative Victory Project,” and that ran like diarrhea through the National Review Summit on Conservatism. And now a dissertation on the necessity of pragmatism and pandering will envelop the American Conservative Union’s signature event for conservative activists.
Followed by snacks and cheap white wine!
Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d say our professional political operatives in the ruling class are wearing our clothes, first in order to blend in, then to appoint themselves to positions of power. Like the long march through the institutions, kind of — only by those who don’t admit to watching porn, and who generally style their hair in the manner of televangelists.
The message? That America has a thirst, and that thirst can only be quelled by a big swig of Jeb! Along with a fat chaser of New Jersey governor.
The pieces are being put in place. Squint and you’ll see it.