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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


too indecent to govern

any empowered political party is periodically carried away by its own insularity into hubris and ridiculousness.

but to my mind it is rare that such transgression leads to places such as this -- which is yet another example of the fatal cancer of the republican party, which continues to be exemplified in a simpleminded sarah palin as she charges (or is stampeded) hysterically into her fifteen minutes of fame seemingly intent on breaking with any barrier -- no matter how thoughtfully-placed -- to satisfy ambition. she has even now descended into attacking her own ticket as mccain finally sees the caterwauling hyperbole of his rabid campaign as the threat to civil peace it could easily morph into.

“There’s a slippery slope in politics on the racial divide, and Sen. McCain made it very clear early on that he did not want to get into that area,” a top Republican official said. “I don’t want to be known as a racist, and McCain doesn’t want to be known as a racist candidate.”

“McCain felt it would be sensed as racially insensitive [to attack Obama's erstwhile relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright],” the official said. “But more important is that McCain thinks that the bringing of racial religious preaching in black churches into the campaign would potentially have grave consequences for civil society in the United States.”

... Among those who think Wright is fair game is McCain’s running mate, Palin, who told [neo]conservative commentator William Kristol for a New York Times column last month: “To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up.”

as andrew sullivan correctly notes, the assured victory of barack obama in 2008 is for grounded, lawful and empirical conservatives merely a side effect of a desperately-needed restoration to leadership of the sensible burkean political tradition in the republican party -- and an equally-needed rejection of the manner of mindless, heedless, pointless politics represented by palin and (need i say) george w. bush.

Not a lone protestor or crowd member. Not a fringe nut on Free Republic. On the official Republican website in the state capitol of the most populous state in the Union. This is why the GOP has to be defeated this time. For the sake of a decent conservatism.

indeed, i am in this election not voting for democrats nor even against republicans. i am voting for decency and against indecency. against the obscene incarnation of the neoconservative and blindly virulent republican party that has been so unfortunately well represented by not only the mccain/palin campaign this year but the giuliani campaign, the huckabee campaign, and frankly the entire tenure of the bush administration -- particularly as seen following the disaster of september 11. i am indeed tempted to say that the deep indulgence of the culture of fear which the republican party imbibed following that tragic day has knocked it from its mooring in reality. as it is, it is unfit for power. some years in the political wilderness will hopefully see an admission of terrible culpability and a return of moderation.

in the words of christopher buckley, son of the late william buckley, who was recent fired from the now-perverse and belligerent journal his father founded in better days:

While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

So, to paraphrase a real conservative, Ronald Reagan: I haven’t left the Republican Party. It left me.


strange days indeed gm. i never thought i would see the day where the democrats were the responsible party in american politics. but that seems to be where we are.

the republicans have decided to play by roves playbook. mccain, of all people, knows what that is all about. i expected more from mccain, i'm not sure why I did, but i did.

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