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Goldberg’s mirror

September 9, 2015

Kevin Drum pens the obvious response to Jonah Goldberg’s squeal about the rise of Trump:

But surely Goldberg understands that this is the right-wing base that he and his colleagues have built? I don’t expect any conservative writer to acknowledge this in public, but surely in the occasional dark night of the soul they understand what they’ve done? For years they’ve supported the worst know-nothing bombast of Drudge and Limbaugh, the casual reality distortion of Fox News, and the resentment-based appeals of people like Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. And they’ve turned a blind eye to even worse: birthers, Agenda 21 lunacy, Cliven Bundy’s army, and much, much more. It was handy at the time, and helped win a few elections. But now the outrage-based mob they’ve nurtured has come back to haunt them — and unsurprisingly, it turns out not to care all that much about the debating-hall nuances of Edmund Burke and Russell Kirk. They just want to kick out the wetbacks and get back at those smug liberals who make fun of them.

Drum omits the pertinent example of the absurd: they have fed the mob on pretenses, such as liberals being the real fascists. Goldberg looks into the eyes of his readers, and doesn’t like what looks back.

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  1. September 9, 2015 2:14 pm

    I’ve been pondering on the political union of market libertarians and social conservatives for 20 years! Libertarians like to not be told what to do by a higher authority, such as the government, and be free to live as they please. Social conservatives like to be told what to do from a supreme authority (God) and lobby the government to act on their behalf to tell the rest of us how to live. Not a union I expected to last this long… Particularly as the GOP has not really delivered for social conservatives, has it? They lost the LGBT war (a few battles are left to fight.) The war against non-white minorities is subtle and not explicit and it may not even be about color as much as it is against the poor. They do appear to be winning that war, though, but numbers are not on their side. The larger economic inequality, the more it favors the political left. The other war front is the war on women and if they switch 100% of their focus to fight women’s freedoms and rights, they are also bound to lose it. I am not able to predict where the GOP will end up, but I agree they have ended up where they were going.

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