The ubiquitous opiner Justice Antonin Scalia now insults Hispanics and blacks, as he recently insulted gays while voting rights and gay rights are pending before the court. Then the ubiquitous Dick Morris, sounding like Fredo Corleone, offers a plan to “take down” President Obama. Has Morris read the Ryan budget? Meanwhile the ubiquitous Grover Norquist appears to call Ronald Reagan a “rat head in a coke bottle” because Reagan raised taxes, while the ubiquitous Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in his campaign to fully destroy the GOP brand, insults Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) with constitutionally ignorant and personally condescending comments about guns.
Regarding the conservative crack-up, can you believe that CPAC honors the ubiquitous birther Donald Trump and insults the most popular national Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? The CPAC convention shows just how far conservatives remain from the American mainstream. CPAC even gives a bad name to ubiquity, seeming to offer a greatest-hits album that recycles those Republicans most responsible for recent victories of Democrats.
The Ryan budget shows just how little Republicans have learned from losing so many elections.
The Cruz phenomen shows just how much the GOP needs to find a way to put him a closet before he turns conservatism into a national joke. Are the uninformed legal opinings of Cruz a secret plan to give the Harvard Law School, which taught him these D-minus legal theories, a bad name?
The Rand Paul phenomenon shows how much the Republican divisions have deepened and the conservative crack-up has continued. Republicans must put their holy war against Obama to the side while they wage holy wars against each other. The latest pits isolationist libertarians against neocon warriors. This will be ugly. Stay tuned.
As long as the right keeps doing what it keeps doing, the great conservative crack-up will bring two big winners: Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.
Friday, 15 March 2013