It is as grotesquely and self-evidently true as the rabid dog padding down the middle of the dusty road in "To Kill A Mockingbird".
But it's not.
...So glaringly obvious that it should be merely the stipulated starting point for all political and cultural discussion in America, and yet the overwhelming majority of our media not only denies that the dog is rabid, it denies the dog even exists.
How did American conservatism end up so detached from, indeed at odds with, facts and rationality? For it was not always thus. After all, that health reform Mr. Romney wants us to forget followed a blueprint originally laid out at the Heritage Foundation!
My short answer is that the long-running con game of economic conservatives and the wealthy supporters they serve finally went bad. For decades the G.O.P. has won elections by appealing to social and racial divisions, only to turn after each victory to deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy — a process that reached its epitome when George W. Bush won re-election by posing as America’s defender against gay married terrorists, then announced that he had a mandate to privatize Social Security.
Over time, however, this strategy created a base that really believed in all the hokum — and now the party elite has lost control.
The point is that today’s dismal G.O.P. field — is there anyone who doesn’t consider it dismal? — is no accident. Economic conservatives played a cynical game, and now they’re facing the blowback, a party that suffers from “severe” conservatism in the worst way. And the malady may take many years to cure.
The psychotic implosion of the GOP is the biggest political story of our generation.
And our political press not only actively refuses to cover it, but punishes anyone who tries to force or trick or seduce them into doing so.
That is beyond failure.
That is the definition of conspiracy.