the apotheosis of conservatism

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Driftglass provides my Quote of the Day (h/t: Larry Hamelin at Barefoot Bum) about conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan:

Because he is still very much a True Believer, Sully is not capable of looking Conservatism square in eye and seeing that Dubya and McSame are not its aberrations, but its apotheosis. He has shaken off some of the lesser, uglier doctrinal teachings of his faith, but still clings fiercely to the abstract, rapturous purity of its core dogma and will probably never be able to wrap his head around the fact that Ayn Rand's little wingnut terrarium is not a heroic creed, but a moral spider hole for misanthropes, rich degenerates and rich degenerate-wannabes.

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Wow...thanks for the info re: the quote. I didn't realize that.

I took the line about the liberals to be sarcastic, as if from the point of view of today's conservative whining about how they're always being suppressed. I guess the quote being written in the 50's sort of blows that theory out of the water.

On the name calling thing, I agree, but with all the racism going on right now you have to look to your *best* angels to avoid doing it. Things are so bad with the race baiting that I began to wonder if the McCain camp misinterpreted the White Album and applied it to their strategy.

BTW, speaking of odd places from which McCain could have sourced his talking points, you have seen the Batman-Penguin debate thing, right?

And thanks to Samantha for the video link.

I noticed that Martin Eisenstadt, the blogger/pundit/hoaxer, is in the news again as the McCain insider who broke the story connecting "Joe the plumber" to Charles Keating. I recently shot a mini documentary on the elusive and controversial Martin Eisenstadt called "The Last Republican" that I am showing as a webseries on my youtube channel, "youkaysam". http://www.youtube.com/user/youkaysam
I invite you to check it out.

That is a fine quote. I'd like to add a couple. First, is my response to some nauseating race baiting going on at my local board:

"[The Republican Party is] a necrotic wound of a party, eaten inside out of its principles and dignity by bigots and oafs."

And the second goes to Christopher Buckley, which I'm sure has made its rounds by now, but bears repeating:

"Radical conservatives in this country have an interesting time of it, for when they are not being suppressed or mutilated by Liberals, they are being ignored or humiliated by a great many of those of the well-fed Right, whose ignorance and amorality have never been exaggerated for the same reason that one cannot exaggerate infinity."

With my quote, I know I beg some serious questions, but I can remember a time when I could have a reasonable exchange with my conservative counterparts. Those times are gone. At least out here in the boon docks. At least for now.

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