Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Look Out Obama... The GOP's Making a Comeback!

This past weekend was the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which I assume is basically Comic Con for hardcore conservatives. As you know, conservatives are making a comeback by defining themselves in opposition to the incredibly unpopular polices of President Obama. But surely they've redefined themselves in a larger ideological sense, right? Came up with some new old ideas and policies for this complicated new century? Well, let's check in...

A party that understands that its future lies in the capable hands of Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Bobby Jindal, and Newt Gingrich is surely headed nowhere but up.

My favorite part of CPAC is that a featured speaker was Jonathan Krohn, a 13-year old who wrote a book on defining conservatism. It apparently has something to do with "personal responsibility", which is the first phrase that comes to mind when I think of the modern Republican party. The Huffington Post interviewed him, who asked him how he got into politics. He responded, "I got into politics when I was eight years old.... And I got involved because I started listening to talk radio. It goes back to one event. The Democrats filibustered something in the Senate when I was eight years old. I don't remember what it was on and I didn't honestly care when I was eight years old." Yes, that's modern conservatism in a nutshell... a bunch of people don't really what they're angry about, or why, all that they know is that they are angry (Obama destroyed the economy!11). It's a party-- as even their de-facto leader Mr. Limbaugh proudly boasts-- of reactionaries, not thinkers.

President Obama is imperfect and has more than his share of serious problems (an increasingly embattled economy, Afghanistan, the coming health-care battle, climate change, etc), but I really don't think worrying about a GOP comeback is something he's losing sleep over right now.


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