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They Just Don’t Get It: The ‘Conservatives Who Matter’

06 October 2010 @ 20:27

I’m speaking of folks like David Frum, Ross Douthat, and Reihan Salam.  Stacy McCain has a good one sentence summation of the way they’re conducting themselves now that their theories on how the revitalization of the GOP must occur have been shown to be absolutely, comprehensively, totally, utterly wrong, wrong, WRONG:

People who covet the reputation of experts, who write books telling other people how to live their lives, will never admit they were wrong.

This is certainly the case with the three gentlemen listed above, who all have written books that claim the only way for conservatives to regain popularity is to embrace something they call ‘big government conservatism’ [oxy, meet moron].  In other words, they want conservatives to transform themselves into old-time Scoop Jacksons — believers in government as a positive force if it moves cautiously and slowly [I guess that’s where the ‘conservatism’ part comes in, eh?].

The events that have occurred since 20 January of 2009 have shown clearly that the Three Buskerteers underestimated the American Spirit’s vitality [perhaps they need some spiritual Viagra?].  I can’t get too upset at them for this failing, however.  After all, they are but victims of their own detachment from real Americans.  What is one to do with so many Georgetown and Manhattan cocktail parties to attend and think-tanks to lecture in front of?  There’s just no time to see and understand how real people think and live — you know, get out among them like, say, oh, I don’t know…Stacy McCain?].

David Weigel talked with these three about their horrid plight, and I am happy to report that they think their ideas are like Communism: they haven’t failed because they don’t work, but, rather, because they haven’t really been tried yet.  From Mr. Weigel:

It’s an ingenious argument: We’re not wrong. We’re just not yet right. After the election, says Frum, after the GOP has recovered in record time, either it’s going to have to move away from its campaign rhetoric or it’s going to be unable to govern. “What happens in January,” Frum says, “when the GOP majority arrives and the Bush tax cuts expire, the U.S. economy has deflationary shock, we don’t have a program for pulling the economy out of inflation, and we don’t have permission from party supporters or permission from voters to compromise? You have people arriving in office with highly apocalyptic vision of a president but programs they don’t know how to execute on their own. It’s a formula for crisis.”

And crises, of course, often require just the kind of smart thinking that only the smart set can provide. Wherever there’s a Tea Party candidate who won by promising to roll back the Progressive Era, there will be the conservative critics they ignored, ready to bail them out.

Ah, the wisdom of the ages, er, arses.

It takes having a sense of honor and a sense of dignity for a man to admit he was wrong.  People like Stacy McCain do.  Obviously, Messrs Frum, Douthat, and Salam are without these senses when they spout their nonsenses.

  1. 06 October 2010 @ 20:35 20:35

    Conservatives who mutter?

  2. 06 October 2010 @ 21:17 21:17

    Well…who listens to those guys anyway?

  3. 06 October 2010 @ 22:30 22:30

    Didn’t we learn from “compassionate conservatism?” That brand of failure didn’t work, and won’t work. And, it lead us to having Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

    That’s something that we need to repeat…right?

  4. bobbelvedere permalink*
    07 October 2010 @ 08:40 08:40

    Ran: That too. Hopefully, they’ll be muttering a lot when they find themselves being shutout of the corridors of TEA power.

    Mike: Trouble is, a lot of folks who are just trying to get through each day, but still keep up with things, only get to see these Nimrods. True, more and more are discarding the old media, but not enough yet.

    Matt: Didn’t I once hear some doctor say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over even though you know it’s going to fail every damn time?

  5. 07 October 2010 @ 20:27 20:27

    No problem! When we get the majority, we can just deem the Bush cuts renewed! Deeming is fun!

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