The Closing of the Conservative Mind?

No fan of Frum am I, but this is disturbing:


Mr. Piccolo,  Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:25:00 PM CDT  

In my opinion Buckleyite Fusionism never made much sense anyway, and I can't say I am sad to see the unraveling of what passes for conservatism in the United States. Republicans and their allies in the conservative think tanks have been able to foist detrimental economic policies onto America by taking advantage of social conservatives, many of whom, I am convinced, never wanted neoliberal economics in the first place.

I used to be a hardcore Republican, but then I woke up and realized how much of the "conservative" agenda in the U.S. had more to do with promoting plutocracy than with cultural traditionalism.

I will say, however, that the lack of a rational alternative to the Democrats is definitely a bad thing. It looks like conservatism in the U.S. will now become an increasingly bizarre form of right-wing populism, at least in terms of "messaging."

John Médaille Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 10:55:00 PM CDT  

conservatism in the U.S. will now become an increasingly bizarre form of right-wing populism, at least in terms of "messaging."

Make that text messaging.

observer,  Friday, March 26, 2010 at 10:43:00 AM CDT  

The GOP has been taken over by its marketing department. Its R&D is all about marketing, and its manufacturing is all about marketing. What they have determined to market is the political equivalent of cotton candy, fluffy and colorful but spun of hot air and empty calories.

Quite fittingly, Sarah Palin has become its biggest "star."

Mr. Piccolo,  Friday, March 26, 2010 at 6:08:00 PM CDT  


I like the way you put that. I have to admit, the GOP is fantastic at marketing itself and its "ideas," but there is not much substance left in the party, at least in my opinion.

Christopher Sarsfield,  Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:04:00 AM CDT  

Ironic that Mr. Frum is being destroyed by the weapon of his own making. From his ridiculous piece in NRO about conservatives who do not support unjust wars:

"War is a great clarifier. It forces people to take sides. The paleoconservatives have chosen — and the rest of us must choose too. In a time of danger, they have turned their backs on their country. Now we turn our backs on them."


I will be shedding no tears with this development.

Chris Campbell Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 8:25:00 AM CDT  

My response, more or less (awaiting moderation and likely, not going to be posted):

"I thank you for your honesty and bluntness.As for what do you do now, try getting a real job like the rest of us, doing something productive."

John Médaille Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 8:39:00 AM CDT  


I did a think tank "job." I'm tired of working for a living.

Chris Campbell Monday, April 5, 2010 at 7:21:00 AM CDT  

actually, me to, though at least you and I work, some of thse guys I dont think ever had even a remote paper delivery job LOL

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