The Politicus

I'm sick of Republicans pretending to just now realize that their party is sick and dysfunctional


As a weak shadow to the ineffectual “Never Trump” crowd, we now see a trickle (at best) of Republicans disavowing the Republican party and pretending to be “shocked, shocked” by the racist, radical and retrograde state of their political party.  (See Republican Tom Nichols here.)   The first class example of such nonsense is now provided by Washington Post writer Max Boot, in his piece titled, “The dark side of American conservatism has taken over.”  Let’s walk through this piece of pathetic bull shit and apologia.  Mr. Boot writes:

Upon closer examination, it’s obvious that the history of modern conservative is permeated with racism, extremism, conspiracy-mongering, isolationism and know-nothingism. I disagree with progressives who argue that these disfigurations define the totality of conservatism; conservatives have also espoused high-minded principles that I still believe in, and the bigotry on the right appeared to be ameliorating in recent decades. But there has always been a dark underside to conservatism that I chose for most of my life to ignore. It’s amazing how little you can see when your eyes are closed!

Umm, “closer inspection” was not needed.  Indeed, as Mr. Boot himself explains as to President Eisenhower:

Worst of all, from the viewpoint of contemporary conservatives, Eisenhower was a moderate on racial issues. He appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren, who presided over the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, and then sent troops to Little Rock to enforce desegregation.

Oh! This was apparent to all in the 1950’s?  But this doesn't seem hard to follow.  Mr. Boot further explains:

In 1964, the GOP ceased to be the party of Lincoln and became the party of Southern whites. As I now look back with the clarity of hindsight, I am convinced that coded racial appeals had at least as much, if not more, to do with the electoral success of the modern Republican Party than all of the domestic and foreign policy proposals crafted by well-intentioned analysts like me. This is what liberals have been saying for decades. I never believed them. Now I do, because Trump won by making the racist appeal, hitherto relatively subtle, obvious even to someone such as me who used to be in denial.

Watching at least 70 years of unbroken, prominent and central racism by the Republican party, Mr. Boot now concludes:

The history of the modern Republican Party is the story of moderates being driven out and conservatives taking over — and then of those conservatives in turn being ousted by those even further to the right. . . . 

. . . . The Republican Party will now be defined by Trump’s dark, divisive vision, with his depiction of Democrats as America-hating, criminal-coddling traitors, his vilification of the press as the “enemy of the people,” and his ugly invective against Mexicans and Muslims. The extremism that many Republicans of goodwill had been trying to push to the fringe of their party is now its governing ideology.

So, yes, Mr. Boot, welcome to the party — even if you are inexplicably late.  

I don't trust the likes of Max Boot, Ross Douthat or David Frum, etc.  Don’t get me wrong: I will take any vote or encourage them to sit out voting in the next elections.  But all these guys were dick-heads then, and are dick-heads now.  Trust me, we are not building a better nation on the backs of these slugs.