…when he writes stuff like this:
…by adding Ryan to the ticket, Romney has ensured that the far right will not be able to blame defeat on a RINO candidate. They will have to accept that a teenage Randian vision of domestic society and a revolutionary militarist foreign policy are not acceptable options in a free and sane polity.
he hasn’t begun to plumb the depths of the crazy.
See, e.g., this:
“If Obama wins re-election, the Republican Party will react by moving right, not left,” observes Ramesh Ponnuru, a well-connected conservative writer, in a Bloomberg op-ed Monday. “It will become less likely to compromise with Obama, not more.”
Radical right fanaticism can never fail. It can only be failed. Andrew Sullivan may believe that there is a rational core remaining somewhere in the bowels of the Republican Party. There isn’t. And the very piece of evidence he advances to claim otherwise — that the selection of Ryan is an 11 dimensional-chess-worthy move that will handcuff the asylum’s inmates when the loss sinks in — is so swiftly and easily swatted away it is almost pathetic that he would pin any hopes for a return to sanity on so tattered a reed. Hell — the retort isn’t even wrong: if and when Mitt Romney goes down to defeat, and even if and when the Dems hold the Senate and (FSM willing) pick up the house (I dream big when I dream), the radical right’s true believers will be able to say, accurately, that Romney lost the election.
Remember: Palin didn’t lose in 2008, McCain did — and even if you conceded that Palin didn’t help, the fact that remains that it’s the guy on top that takes the fall. Plus, you have now something even more deeply felt than it was four years ago: the radical right is tolerating Romney; he’s on permanent double secret probation with them.
If and when the R-Money/Granny Starver ticket loses, the obvious place for the radical right to go is (a) to demand a true believer in position one in 2016 after two failures with the squishy folks at the top of the ticket discredit (in their eyes) the notion that even the simulacrum of moderation is electorally valuable. Then there’s (b): when you’ve gone all in on the worldview that says Obama and Democrats in general are illegitimate, no matter how many elections they win, then the radical right have no reason at all to resume taking their oh-so-necessary meds. The Kenyan Mooslim Commie Usurper must be opposed by any means necessary, and no amount of actual, you know, votes, can change that conviction.
There is no future in the Republican party. Its sane remnant, if it wishes to retain that modifier, is going to have to do what Abe Lincoln’s Republican party did to the Whigs back in 1854: separate and disembowel. Nothing less will do, I think. The mad dog sunk its teeth in too long ago; the time for treatment has passed; one should merely mourn the walking corpse and move on.
Factio grandaeva delenda est!
Image: Thomas Rowlandson, A Mad Dog in a Coffee-House, c. 1800.