I was just reading at Red State that Rush is going to close out CPAC, drawing huge crowds and, if the author was lucky – he would get to meet him.
I’ve been following CPAC (at a very safe distance) these last couple of days – featuring Joe the Plumber, Sean Hannity, Rush and others of that stripe – and it occurred to me… I speak for myself here – I imagine the Daily Kos regulars look at it a little differently – but I don’t have any desire to meet and laud the nutjobs in my party. I don’t want to meet Ward Churchill, or go to a conference where Al Sharpton will figure prominently. I would be happy to forget that Dennis Kucinich even existed, and if Robert Kennedy Jr walked into the room with me right now, my first order of business would be to upbraid him for the anti-vaccine silliness. Keith Olbermann can kiss my … OK – I don’t like him, either.
It seems that conservatives do want to lionize their looniest fringe, and to a degree, seem to want to let that loony fringe set the policy agenda for the party. Am I wrong here?
I mean, besides Gingrich – himself no Winston Churchill – who appeared at CPAC who was even remotely sane? Is that really the future of the Republican Party?
Interestingly… I’ve been following Little Green Footballs lately (thanks to a tip from PZ Myers of all people). I used to think it was a FreeRepublic type website… but lately it is one of the few places that gives me hope that the entire conservative movement isn’t committed to a program of intellectual suicide.
Another thought… Regardless of how you answer the above… is polarization self-reinforcing? Do I tolerate more from Obama because he is not-Bush than I would tolerate from a leader if my choices didn’t include only extremes? Do CPAC conferees buy into Coulter and Limbaugh because they see the only alternative as Olbermann and Moore?