March 4, 2009
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, BRING BACK THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE...:
Inside the Dems' anti-Rush plan (JONATHAN MARTIN, 3/4/09, Politico)
The strategy took shape after Democrats included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.
Soon it clicked: Democrats realized they could roll out a new GOP bogeyman for the post-Bush era by turning to an old one in Limbaugh, a polarizing figure since he rose to prominence in the 1990s.
Limbaugh is embracing the line of attack, suggesting a certain symbiosis between him and his political adversaries.
The GOP needs to distance its brand from the House GOP types, not make one its archetype.
Rush Limbaugh, Democratic Socialist (George Packer, 3/02/09, The New Yorker)
This clip from the weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference reminds me exactly of what meetings of the Democratic Socialists of America sounded like in the nineteen-eighties. Just substitute “free-market capitalism” for “big government,” “the New Deal” for “the era of Reagan,” and everything else—the defensive contempt toward popular rule, the retreat into the comfort of a purified “philosophy,” the denunciations of unnamed appeasers within the ranks, the call to “stamp out” middle-way weaklings—is the same. I attended some of those conferences. With each year they became more righteous and more insular, and I remember exactly what it felt like to know that my side was going to be the losing side for years to come. I remember looking around at my fellow democratic socialists and wondering whether I really even belonged there.
So if there were any quietly doubting conservatives at the CPAC conference, they have my sympathy, and a bit of unsolicited advice: the biggest obstacle to your eventual return to power is the kind of resistant and intolerant politics embodied so amply in the man at the podium.
The notion that the GOP doesn't need policy proposals that appeal to more than just white men can only be believed by same. Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2009 8:13 AM