The Looming Limbaugh Syndrome

More

Ross calls Rush Limbaugh's latest diatribe against moderate Republicans "required reading for anyone seeking to understand one of the most powerful conservative narratives emerging around the looming GOP debacle." It is indeed:

When I saw the Weld thing today I smiled and I fired off a note to all my buddies and I said, "Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! How can this be? How can this be?  This is the kind of guy that our candidate was supposed to be attracting, and we were supposed to be getting all these moderates from the Democrat Party," and we will, by the way. We're going to get some rank and file, average American Democrats that are going to vote for McCain.  But these hoity-toity bourgeoisie...

Well, they're not the bourgeoisie, but... Well, they are in a sense. They're following their own self-interests, so I say fine. They have just admitted that Republican Party "big tent" philosophy didn't work. It was their philosophy; it was their idea. These are the people, once they steered the party to where it is, they are the ones that abandoned it.

It really does feel like the Tories in 1997. They got a thumping of a lifetime and yet they convinced themselves that they lost because they hadn't been hardline enough. And the actual remaining members of parliament, all in super-safe seats, marinated in their own juices and became more insular and blinkered before they lost again. And again. It's over a decade later and only now has the Tory party adjusted back to reality. Mercifully, American parties in the states and legislatures and Congress have more lee-way for finding and grooming new talent than British parliamentary parties. On the other hand, the British Tories never went so far off the cliff as to nominate a Palin.

Jump to comments

2006-2011 archives for The Daily Dish, featuring Andrew Sullivan

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down