Category Archives: Future of the GOP and conservative movement

The tragic tale of oppressed billionaires

Glenn Greenwald has a must-read piece on Continetti’s apologia thingy to the Koch brothers in the Weekly Standard regarding how influential billionaires are being cruelly victimized by bloggers and the like. It’s a tragic tale. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/03/27/koch/index.html

And Benen quotes Charles Koch and comments…

“”His father was a hard core economic socialist in Kenya… So he had sort of antibusiness, anti-free enterprise influences affecting him almost all his life. It just shows you what a person with a silver tongue can achieve.” 

Now, Koch’s vast wealth proves that one need not be intelligent to get rich, but remarks like these are still just embarrassing.” http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2011_03/028649.php

Not merely embarrassing in getting details wrong, I’d point out. Consider the stunning lack of self-awareness here. Obama is profoundly influenced by a father who was absent and played almost zero part in Obama’s life. On the other hand, the Koch boys who were raised by and gained their millionaire to billionaire fortunes from a co-founder of the John Birch Society, that’s invisible to the dork.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Lynn Vincent made headlines when she was selected as the ghostwriter for Sarah Palin’s soon-to-be-bestselling memoir, “Going Rogue.” As an editor at the Christian World magazine, Vincent has railed against abortion rights, gay marriage and the theory of evolution. She is also the coauthor of the book “Donkey Cons,” which purports to prove, among other claims, “how Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy were elected with the help of the mob.” Her coauthor on that book, Robert Stacey McCain (no relation to John McCain) has spoken outagainst interracial marriage.

ghostwriters from outside the solar system

Cheney v 2.0

As I suggested below, the RNC types may be setting up Liz Cheney for a political run at the presidency or, perhaps more likely, the VP slot.  It’s a bit difficult to game out what these incredible jerks are up to.

As announced recently, Cheney is being pushed forward as one of the heads (along with Bill Kristol) of “Keep America Safe”. Maureen Dowd writes:

Kristol joked to Politico’s Ben Smith that the venture might serve as a launching pad for Liz to run for office. (A Senate bid from Virginia, where she lives, or Wyoming, which she still calls home?)

That raises the terrifying specter that some day we could see a Palin-Cheney ticket, promoted by Kristol.

Sarah would bring her content-free crackle and gut instincts; Liz would bring facts and figures distorted by ideology. Pretty soon, we’re pre-emptively invading Iran and the good times are rolling all over again.

Michelle Cottle at TNR adds her thoughts here

We’ll recall that one of the valid and biting arguments against George W Bush running for the presidency was that he was a mental lightweight and that the addition of Dick Cheney to the ticket (Cheney was in charge of choosing a VP and chose himself) added “gravitas”.  This notion was all the rage in punditry at the time.  And (with the help of the Supreme Court) it worked.  An immature, ex-alcoholic, anti-intellectual with a C average gained the position of President and did the posturing while Cheney pretty much ran the show.

We might be looking at a reprise.

Update: Scott Horton has more on “Keep America Terrified”

h/t Andrew Sullivan

Cheney?

Interesting bit in this Carville/Matalin interview on CNN yesterday. It isn’t Carville’s observation that Glenn Beck is both nuts and seriously stupid about everything. Rather it is Matalin’s attempted narrative…

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/05/beck-pundits-sunday/

“So what he [Beck] has tapped into is really, really what I think is going to be the dispositive future for us. Maligned mothers.”

I’ve heard Matalin use “dispositive” before and it’s always awkward because the word is almost never used outside of a legal context and because few people know the term (I had to look it up to make sure my sense of it was correct).

But aside from that, the really interesting point here is the “future for us” (Republicans/conservatives) will be “maligned mothers”.

First, have any of you heard Beck talking about maligned mothers? I haven’t.

Second, it’s pretty obvious who Matalin is speaking of here and that’s Palin. More accurately, the Palin of propaganda narrative…media/liberal victimized and maligned female with offspring. Dollars to donuts that narrative will be a/the key narrative in Palin’s book.

How does this serve (or hope to serve) Republican propaganda and electoral purposes? As with PUMA, Clintons4McCain etc, it’s an attempt to pull women towards voting Republican, obviously. Second, it’s another means to make the mainstream media (the non conservative noise machine media structures) look invalid or biased. Third, it’s a means to forward Palin as a candidate OR to use Palin (who won’t run) as a supportive voice in forwarding another female candidate. And if that’s it, that other female would be Liz Cheney.

(cross-posted at Plumline)

Update: It is difficult to imagine that the Republican crowd does not have hopes and plans for Ms Cheney.  But I wanted to note an opinion on Palin advanced by Joe Trippi last evening.  He suggested that she would be used for fundraising (which of course also means motivating an activist base).  That’s a smart take on this and a clear possibility.

Irving Kristol, Bill Kristol, neoconservatism and anti-liberalism

A must-read piece by  Eric Alterman

…neoconservatism’s “godfather” was driven by a single passion, and it was the same one that animated Senator McCarthy: hatred of American liberalism. He was forthright about this. It was not communism that inspired his primary animus during the cold war but “the fundamental assumptions of contemporary liberalism that were my enemy.” His primary goal, therefore, “was to create a new majority, which evidently would mean a conservative majority, which came to mean, in turn, a Republican majority.”

I wrote ten years ago that “more than anyone alive, perhaps, Irving Kristol can take the credit for reversing the direction of American political culture.” The means by which this was accomplished are not widely understood. Kristol’s contributions were threefold: first, in his writings he provided useful arguments for politicians who sought to discredit liberals and increase the power of corporations and wealthy individuals. Second, he solicited and distributed the financial contributions of many of these same corporations and wealthy individuals into institutions designed to perpetuate these same ideas and arguments. And finally, with his wife, conservative historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, he raised a son, William Kristol, who went on to extend and deepen these achievements, operating in much the same fashion, albeit in a far more congenial–that is, anti-liberal–atmosphere.

Irving Kristol’s sophisticated, multifront war against liberalism succeeded well beyond anything achieved by the drunken hayseed McCarthy…

Michael Ledeen

I’ve written about this walking piece of psychosis before.  Here’s why. He’s criminally insane. And thus finds a happy home with the National Review
h/t Andrew Sullivan

Sarah’s handlers and the task ahead

But Sarah Palin, until recently the governor of Alaska, is slipping. The percentage of respondents who say they have a favorable opinion of her has fallen to a dismal 37 percent, versus 55 percent who view her unfavorably. And in a general election matchup against Obama, she does worse than a guy who has Bush for a last name. 37 percent of those polled said they’d vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over Obama, who got 50 percent in that particular head-to-head. On the other hand, while 38 percent of respondents did choose Palin over Obama, it seems that her name on the ticket drove an additional three percent to the president.

Sarah’s sorrows (see 15:35 EDT)/