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Monday, January 16, 2012

The GOP's existential crisis

The Right seems to be going through an important period of confusion, that is unfolding in several stages, much like those seven stages of grief. The economic crisis hit the Conservative credo in the face like a Tomahawk missile. In the Fall of 2008 the philosophical house that Reagan built was in tatters. Conservatives have since been dazed and confused. They are blaming everybody, but themselves. They call Socialist a guy who is to the right of Eisenhower (Obama) and they are about to nominate a lefty Conservative who they deeply despise (Romney). (Reagan would be minced meat for the Tea Partiers for his sin of compromising with the Left.) The alliance with the frothy Evangelicals isn't working as it was supposed to, the Occupy movement is giving them hangoverish pangs of unconfessed guilt, and they see this demographic tsunami coming and there are no hills to run for. The incoherence of the Conservative contributors to this dialogue is to be excused and understood given the utter state of existential Panic they are going through. You know, that old saying, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

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