— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 11, 2016
Lo, there is a great disturbance in the shallow reflecting pool of Conventional Wisdom, when those who serve the mantra that All Is for the Best in This Best of All Possible Worlds sense that they are not being taken seriously! I’m a subscriber, but I thought yesterday’s Boston Globe anti-Trump parody front page — which actually appeared on the inside weekly ‘Ideas’ section — was a moderately funny idea, but overthought in its implementation. So, it would seem, did Mr. Charles P. Pierce:
… The Republican Party is in the process of ritual public suicide. There are too many chickens for the party to handle and nowhere near enough roosts. Forty years of batshit economics and dangerous demagoguery, god-bothering and otherwise, have made a liar out of the Globe‘s contention that the party’s “standard” deserves to be hoisted by anyone who is anything but a demagogue. Everybody with eyes can see this.
However, there seems to be an abject terror within the elite political media at the prospect of the Republican party’s destroying itself through the extremism that the party has tolerated for far too long. If the Republican Party goes away, whatever will we do? All of our Both Sides tropes will be instantly inoperative. Thinking once again will be required around the Fournier manse. This existential pundit panic manifests itself in a few ways: first, Both Sides can still be invoked if we can point to a rockfight on the Democratic side, too; second, we can go along with the Globe and pretend that an utterly unprincipled retread like Willard Romney, or a complete public charlatan like Paul Ryan, are “honorable and decent men,” or third, we can talk to the real crazoids and pretend that they are sensible actors in the political life of the country, and by doing that, we can pretend that the Republican Party as it currently exists is, well, sane…
Apart from keeping our waders at hand, what’s on the agenda for the evening?