Interesting piece by James Joyner about the Republican battle between McCain and Romney:
The Conservative Movement has morphed from a handful of intellectual true believers trying to shape the debate into something approaching a civil religion with loyalty tests and a clericy that has the power to excommunicate.
We have a winner. Add to that the fact that the folks imposing the loyalty tests simply are not conservatives (something James notes later on in the post). Let’s face it- the same folks pushing Romney on us and telling everyone who will listen that they are the real conservatives and that Romney is the true conservative are the EXACT same folks, who, to this day, struggle to come up with any shortcomings in the Bush administration. Earlier in his piece, James quotes Jon Hinderaker, who states “as the primary season draws to a close, most conservatives are coalescing around Mitt Romney.”
It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.
Gee- I can’t imagine why folks aren’t rushing to embrace Mitt, Hinderaker’s pick this year.