"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."-Winston S. Churchill

"The wandering scholars were bound by no lasting loyalties, were attached by no sentiment of patriotism to the states they served and were not restricted by any feeling of ancient chivalry. They proposed and carried out schemes of the blackest treachery."-C.P. Fitzgerald.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

A huge hat tip to Mickey Kaus 

...who sort of echoes what I had been saying in the previous post.

Kaus was reacting to Bill Bradley's essay in the March 30th New York Times on the Republican Party's ideological pyramid. Apparently, we possess this huge financial ziggurat atop which stands, every four years, a Bush or a Dole or a Bush the Younger. Meanwhile, what is really going on is that a financial conspiracy allows the Ann Coulters and Michelle Malkins of the world carry on like the Hebrew slaves of old farther down the pyramid's base. The efforts of the intellectual flunkies and errand boys (and girls) are to support the campaigns of the aforementioned Stooges of Finance Capital. Only Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin get PAID!

Well, if I can't be a major Stooge of Finance Capital like Bush the Younger, can I be a minor Stooge, like Ann? Or Condi? Wait, Condi may become a major Stooge in 2008, so I'd best watch myself. Anyway, back to Kaus.

Kaus observes that Bradley's solution is to ape what the Republicans are doing instead of waiting for a Bill Clinton or a Jimmy Carter to come along. For the Democrats, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is but one Messiah away. This notion of a Messiah Candidate is common among liberal Democrats. Consider the psychosexual reaction to Barak Obama's ascent last fall. It actually bordered on the obscene. Barak Obama beat a weakened Republican Party that had the misfortune to hire Alan Keyes as a mercenary canidate. For that he got a Second Coming cover on Newsweek.

Kaus observes what smart Republicans (and even smarter Dems, like Kaus here), know about the Donks...

Money graph:
The problem, of course, is that the Democratic party's most stable institutional elements are also its most problematic elements: 1) unions; 2) the civil rights and Latino lobbies; 3) the senior lobby (AARP); 4) institutional feminists (NOW); 5) trial lawyers; 6) Iowa-caucus style "progressives;" and 7) Hollywood emoters. If a national problem could be solved without trampling on the interests of this institutional base, Democrats would have solved it in the decades when they were in power. What's left are the problems that can't be solved--even solved in accordance with liberal principles--without trampling on these liberal interest groups: competitiveness, for example, or public education, or entitlement reform. If the Dems' permanent institutional base is what gets to "develop" and "hone" the ideas to be adopted by the party's presidential nominee, then the Democrats will in perpetuity be the party of union work rules, lousy teachers, mediocre schools, protectionism, racial preferences, unafforadable entitlements, amnesty for illegals and offensive rap lyrics! That winning collection gets you, what, 35%?

In the previous post, I mentioned that the Democrats are the Party of Reaction. They have become reactionaries simply because the act of change would kill their coalition (see Kaus above). It's the paint off the flywheel illustration discussed in the previous post. As a 20th Century political party, their entire reason for being is in danger of passing into history if they don't find a way to change with the times. Clinton was able to warm this over with his handshake and backslap and hale fellow well-met act for eight years. But the internal contradictions of the Democratic coalition and its resisitance to the 21st Century's demands could not be put off forever. So here we are today, and there you have it.

Republicans are slowly coming to grips with the fact that they are a governing party, and a majority party to boot. And so, they are also coming to grips with the 21st Century. Are there fits and starts? Yes. Are there royal screwups from the getgo? Sure. Roosevelt had the Works Progress Administration, whose unofficial symbol was said, only half in jest, to be a man leaning on a shovel. But George W. Bush is committed to trying to get things done. Voters notice that. The response of the Left, of course, has been to scream "BusHitler" during the war and to say "There Is No Crisis" (see intellectual oatmeal in post below). To top it off, Howard Dean, who maintained that the Saudis tipped off Bush to 9/11 before the attacks, is now head of the DNC. And he claims that we, that is, we Republicans, are "evil".

Well, as long as Howie doesn't find out about the Swiss bank accounts and the secret decoder rings, I guess we're okay.

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