Tea Party Derangement Syndrome

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 @ 1:04 am | Politics

Sullivan in fine form:

The Bush-Cheney presidency was, in some respects, the perfect pseudo-conservative administration. They waged war based on loathing of the experts (damned knowledgeable elites!); they slashed taxes and boosted spending for their constituencies, while pretending to be fiscally responsible; they tore up the most ancient taboos – against torture – with a bravado that will one day seem obscene; and they left the country in far worse shape than they found it.

Throughout all this, the Tea Partiers supported them. So how do they manage the cognitive dissonance that two failed wars, a financial collapse and a debt crisis have brought? How do they deal with the fact that their beloved president was manifestly the most incompetent and disastrous in modern times? They blame it on the next guy.

Yes, they are doing all they can to avoid facing the fact that they did all of this … to themselves. And sometimes, the truly, deeply humiliated can only carry on through blind rage.

And now they’ve got a bunch of weak candidates and November isn’t too enticing for them. Of course, the fact that they’ll pick up any seats whatsoever is simply a disgrace, given their abysmal track record in the aftermath of the mess Republicans made of the country. And now they pretend electing Republicans again is somehow a wise idea. It’s almost too absurd to believe, but by God you can bet they’ll try making it happen. Because the health of the country was never the point, it was always about the power. Granted, a few too many Democrats are after that power too, but we’ve got an awfully large number of good ones and just need a president capable of twisting some arms. Re-balancing this country means counteracting the past thirty years of rightward swing and truly resetting the priorities of our institutions, a process barely begun.

Let’s not give up before we’ve really implemented our plans.


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