>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The party has been reduced to evangelical, white sections of the Deep South (like Joe Wilson’s district) and some depopulated areas of the midwest. For now, its capacity to hold national power has been shattered. I actually think the party could have been shattered by Al Gore’s victory in 2000 but with the SCOTUS installation of Bush and then 9-11, which electrified the right’s radical domestic agenda, we had to wait until the scandals of Tom DeLay’s Congress and then Sarah Palin to witness the shattering.
Normally I wouldn't believe this, but now that I've read "Why the GOP is Doomed" from the summer of 1998 I can see it.
Petraeus could only win as John McCain did, by holding on until Palin, Romney and Huckabee split the Christian right vote. But I doubt he has the political skills to run a viable campaign. He is a Princeton guy, even more out of touch with the modern know-nothing GOP than Bob Dole.
I never thought Gen. Petraeus would ever really be interested in running anyway.
Glenn Beck is Fox’s top-rated host and he has tapped into a huge wellspring of resentment. I could not quantify this amorphous movement’s power but I assert in my book that they have achieved unprecedented domination over the GOP, which is weaker than it has been in a generation as a result.
Interestingly, all of the people I spoke to at 9.12 seemed to have been instructed to say “We’re Americans!” instead of “we’re Republicans!” And many were (weirdly) disappointed that the GOP had not yet moved to topple Obama as it did during the impeachment of Clinton.
The Christian Dominionists can't understand why a theocracy hasn't been installed too.
Since the Christian right has been so successful leveraging personal crisis into political gain, a government healthcare plan that works for average Americans — including their followers — is a nightmare for the right. It will ameliorate the source of so many personal crises, healthcare costs, depriving the right’s crisis industry of a pool of potential converts.
There is, also, the Republican Party's general platform of FAIL.
The histrionics of 9.12 was a PR disaster for the GOP. Anyone not white, conservative and extremely irritable was turned off by what they saw. But Glenn Beck and Dick Armey don’t care about the GOP very much. They have their own agenda. And as I show in my book, the modern right-wing follower doesn’t care how he appears to mainstream secular society. He lusts for the euphoria of fervent political activity and needs the security of a community of like minded people from a similar cultural background.
It's all about money. Well, for Beck and Dick.
Authoritarian movements and societies function best when followers self-censor. Usually actual censorship of opinion and cracking down on dissent is not necessary until the movement begins coming apart. So naturally racists will deflect any accusation of their racism by shouting “You lie!” It was amazing to see so many signs at 9.12 defensively and preemptively declaring “It’s not about race!”
The signs were surprising.
Beck has advertised his conversion much as the evangelical Christians from my book have: He said he recovered from a massive personal crisis, namely cocaine and alcohol addiction, only through the wonder working power of God, or at least the Mormon God Elohim, who according to Mormon theology had sex with the virgin Mary. Beck is confirmation of my book’s central idea, that behind the right’s politics of resentment is a culture of personal crisis.
Whatever way he can con people into shilling their hard-earned money for his books 'n shit is all he really cares about.
However, I think the treatment of Eliot Spitzer’s affair compared to David Vitter’s was unbelievable, but it was encouraged by a fundamental difference between the parties. The power-mad GOP welcomed Vitter back into the Senate with a standing ovation with Spitzer was ousted by fellow Democrats. Later Roger Stone, the admitted swinger and famous Republican operative, revealed that Spitzer was the victim of a Wall Street-funded sting operation that he was a part of. Stone first learned of Spitzer’s affair through his own contacts in the Miami sexual underworld, so this Democratic scandal began through Republican connections to the world of swingers and leather dungeons.
Of course, Spitzer was going to crack down on Wall Street. They had to get him out or risk losing their giant ponzi scheme.
Romney has never drank a drop of alcohol and has been faithful to his wife of 30 some years, but he was never saved from himself, so the evangelical wing of the GOP has no means of relating to him. He doesn’t understand the role of crisis and confession in the Christian right, despite all of his desperate attempts to court the movement’s support. Beck on the other hand has sinful past to bawl about. So Beck rises while Romney constantly treads water.
Although some suspect Romney is the subject of Lainey's "The Other Woman Doesn't Work" blind item, so I don't know about that "faithful" thing...
Beck is a dry drunk who has transferred his addiction to drugs into frenetic behavior and an inflated sense of self-importance. Bush exhibited the same behavior. Michael Savage is another figure who struggled with insanity and can only function normally when ranting before a microphone.
Yeah, all three clearly reformed.
I hear Frank Luntz, the Republican propaganda consultant, is working on a new campaign for “restoring the American dream.” The Party will use the “American dream” as a code word for nostalgia for the white-dominated, patriarchal Christian America that exists in the right-wing imagination, and will identify Obama as the destroyer of that dream.
Ooh! More craziness to look forward to.
My book defines conservatism as a movement devoid of ideas or even ideology. It can only be defined by a sensibility or social psychology that values constant frenetic activity against evildoers and masochistic displays of power worship above anything else.
Must. Fight. Whigs. I mean zombies.
Will the GOP go the way of the Whigs? I was talking to Tucker Carlson a few months ago and he told me he’s no fan of the Christian right but there is no one else the GOP can rely on for votes. So they must rely on this radical movement that has driven the party outside the mainstream and prevented it from winning outside the South. Barring any major crisis (ie a terror attack) the GOP is heading for a catastrophic internal conflict.
—Author Max Blumenthal, in a Firedoglake chat regarding his book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party


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