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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Wilderness

When the Democrats were wandering in the presidential wilderness from roughly LBJ to Clinton, they had a lot of voices in their party that pretty much only seemed to be out for themselves or for their narrow interest group.  The New Left, Jesse Jackson, Scoop Jackson, the DLC... There was a group for everyone and too many voices.

It looks like the GOP is falling into that dynamic.

As "the Establishment" fights with "the Base" you can be sure that they won't be coming up with new ideas.  Rather they will be fighting about the old ideas.  Bill Clinton gave the Democrats a new direction: fiscal responsibility and social moderation that has largely defined the mainstream of the party since 1992.  This has lead to gnashing of teeth among the Manic Progressives, but there is a reason Democrats have only lost the popular vote once since 1992.

Meanwhile, if there is a perfect symbol of what is wrong with the GOP, it's that the "Establishment" has turned to Turdblossom himself to lead their efforts.

Once again, Rove has found a way to suckle at the teat of millionaires and billionaires without actually having to succeed.  Because this time will be different.

Karl Rove helped a mildly charismatic son of a former president win a contested election that, frankly, he probably lost.  Then incumbency and wartime patriotism got that man re-elected by the slimmest of margins.

Why in the world does that make Karl Rove worth the millions of dollars that the GOP mandarins will spend on him?

Put another way, why is being "Bush's Brain" anything but an employment liability?

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