Thursday, January 08, 2009

Has Bush Effectively Killed The Conservative Movement?

Here's an interesting set of closing paragraphs:
In the coming years, the only legitimate opposition to the bipartisan pro-Wall Street policy will come from the scruffy populists of both parties, many based in the heartland regions of the country. Bush may even make quasi-Marxism respectable again. Hearing about $20 billion in new bonuses for government-subsidized Wall Streeters this year should be enough to bring out the hidden Bolshevik in even rational people.

Ironically, the only people who should be thanking Bush — the environmentalists, the urban gentry, the welfare staters — are the very ones who have despised him the most. Now that he has helped put them in power, perhaps they could host a celebrity fundraiser for the new Bush library in Dallas. Serenaded by Barbra, scolded by St. Al, with a short film by Michael Moore, the program — hosted by Whoopi Goldberg — could help consecrate a lavish new sarcophagus that Bush has prepared for the conservative movement.
Question: Has Bush effectively killed the Conservative movement?

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1 comment:

SheaNC said...

"Question: Has Bush effectively killed the Conservative movement?"

I wish it were true, but I don't think he has. Remember back in 2004 or so when they kept describing Bush as "resolute"? Well, that quality -- refusal to acknowledge mistakes or learn from them, intolerance of dissent or criticism, closed-minded avoidance of any reality-based analysis in favor of the fantasy of imagined results, and especially a thorough disregard for voters' opinions -- that quality of "resoluteness" is still the hallmark of modern right-wingers who call themselves "conservative". I read so many letters to the editor and comments here and there that I don't think Bush/Cheney republicanism will ever die. Of course, I'm not sure how that effects real conservatism.