Here is Dubya being loudly cheered by people who, five minutes later, would begin strapping on tricorner hats and swearing they'd never heard of him.
Because without its vast reserves of Strategic Forgettery, American Conservatism would fall to dust and blow away.
From me in 2010:
...that specific, mutagenic strain of "Wingnut Doublethink" -- the training of an entire generation of Conservatives to mindlessly attack!attack!attack! the "Left" while holding themselves willfully and belligerently ignorant of what their Movement is really doing and who is really running it -- is, in the end, Ronald Reagan's most potent and vile political legacy: Strategic Forgettery.Because however much one may agree with some of the Conservative Expat crowd over specific issues such as same sex marriage and marijuana legalization, as long as they cling to their own, obsessive Strategic Forgettery, they will always be fools and clowns and chumps. Because as long as they depend on their own Big Conservative Lie to tuck them in at night and tell them that they're good little Reaganites, they cede any pretense of occupying any moral high ground from which to render judgment on the Palinites and the Beckians.The homunculi who are left inside the
Big TentBatshit Thunderdome are either stupid, evil or nuts...or some cocktail of all three. And if the trend lines of the last 30 years have proven anything, it's that Conservatives are such willing collaborators in their own brainwashing that neither the Expats or the Palnites and their Elite Enablers are capable of retaining any political inconvenient fact longer than 13 seconds (or, in the case of the Palinites, reacting to anything other than what Rupert and Rush tell them to be angry about this time.)There is absolutely nothing left sifting around inside their mushy, angry skulls except that sparkly aluminum sand that good people at Ohio Arts use to make the Etch-a-Sketch.Shake-shake-shake...and Ronald Reagan never sold weapons to terrorists, funded an illegal war, raised taxes four times, or left behind the largest deficit in American history up until that time.Shake-shake-shake...and Bush the Elder never hired Lee Atwater.Shake-shake-shake...and what Southern Strategy?Shake-shake-shake...and George W. Bush is the Greatest President Ever, you filthy, Liberal traitors!Shake-shake-shake...and where did you ever get the idea that anyone in the Conservative Movement supported that "Progressive" George W. Bush?Shake-shake-shake...George Bush who?Shake-shake-shake...Sarah Palin never supported the bailout!Shake-shake-shake...Deficits don't matter.Shake-shake-shake...Deficits are worse than six Hitlers!Shake-shake-shake...the Kenyan Usurper's deficits are destroying America.Shake-shake-shake...why do you keep calling me a "Republican"? I'm a Conservative!Shake-shake-shake...why do you keep calling me a "Conservative"? I'm an Independent!Shake-shake-shake...why do you keep calling me a "Independent"? I'm a Independent/Conservo/Libertarian!To win elections, crush the New Deal and sell the United States into perpetual corporate serfdom, it was Ronald Reagan and the rest of the Conservative Elites who spent years and years and literally billions of dollars to create the infinitely reprogrammable army of imbeciles from which many of those same Conservative Elites now flee in horror.And however hard they try, will never let them forget it.