Thursday, October 25, 2012

How the right wing lost in 2012

From E.J. Dionne's lips to God's ears. Today's 'must read'. It'll make you feel better! Also, we knew the Dead End Quarter couldn't win anything all by itself, certainly not on ideas.

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.

The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year’s best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing virtually all of his past positions overboard if he thought the nation were ready to endorse the full-throated conservatism he embraced to win the Republican nomination.

The right is going along because its partisans know Romney has no other option. This, too, is an acknowledgment of defeat, a recognition that the grand ideological experiment heralded by the rise of the tea party has gained no traction. It also means that conservatives don’t believe that Romney really believes the moderate mush he’s putting forward now. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if the conservatives are forgiving Romney because they think he is lying, what should the rest of us think?
That he's lying. We've known that all along too, but what's amazing is that no matter which position comes out of his pie-hole ... he's lying. That's hard to pull off so people don't catch on, and they are.

The biggest sign that tea party thinking is dead is Romney’s straight-out deception about his past position on the rescue of the auto industry.

“Ideas have consequences” is one of the conservative movement’s most honored slogans. That the conservatives’ standard-bearer is now trying to escape the consequences of their ideas tells us all we need to know about who is winning the philosophical battle — and, because ideas do matter, who will win the election.
That's what counts.


SB Gypsy said...

Hope springs eternal.

Gordon said...

It does indeed.