I’d say it came apart during the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the first sign of madness when the Democrats first truly wielded power after the Southern Strategy bore fruit under Reagan. Remember that Clinton was from the beginning regarded as illegitimate because he didn’t get more than 43 percent of the vote. Let us recall Bob Dole’s wordsafter Clinton’s 1992 clear electoral college victory:There isn’t any Clinton mandate. Fifty-seven percent didn’t vote for him. I’ll represent the 57 percent.Or Tommy Thompson with an equally surreal view of the Constitution:Only 43 percent of the people voted for Bill Clinton — that is not much of a mandate. . . . Republicans won nine legislative houses across the country. . . . Republicans have just as much of a mandate as the Democrats.When you compare this with the Republican view of the 2000 election when George W Bush lost the popular vote and, undeterred by any sense of restraint, doubled down on massive unfunded tax cuts and pre-emptive wars along with budget-busting new entitlements, you get a better sense of who feels entitled to rule in this country, and who is routinely regarded as “illegitimate.”
-- Andrew Sullivan, 10/2/13, "Is The Shutdown Racist?"
If only one of the last remaining conservatives with brains would get it over with and simply scream at the top of their lungs what everyone else is thinking: “ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MINDS?”
-- Andrew Sullivan, 10/2/13
Really, Andrew? And other than balming your whiny ego what possible good would that do?
Who, after all these years, still remains so delicately undecided on the political battlefield that they could possibly be swayed with just one more shout?
Which major media outlet on which you appear regularly will now shift its coverage policy from their long-standing "Both Sides Do It!" psychosis-enabling to "Nope, it's the Right. They're fucking nuts."?
After all, what you want shouted from the rooftops today is exactly what Liberals have been shouting from the rooftops for +30 years, using all of our voices, in every venue that would have us. Sometimes it comes out as a primal scream against the Right's deliberate political weaponization of arrogant stupidity. Sometimes it come out in cooler, longer essay form. But overall, we've been fantastically clear for the longest time that, yes, they really are out of their fucking minds.
And given that after all of our exertions we have nothing to show for it except a media world full of people like Andrew Sullivan who built entire fucking careers demonizing and dismissing people like us, sorry, but you'll need to find someone else's shoulder to cry on.
Because how ever much you hate us or ignore us or try to "Both Side" us in with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News or pilfer the entire Liberal critique of Conservatism without acknowledging its origins for fear of getting Liberal cooties all over your career, Liberals will remain the Unacknowledged Legislators of our ugly, retrograde political world.
"Poets are the hierophants of an unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present; the words which express what they understand not; the trumpets which sing to battle, and feel not what they inspire; the influence which is moved not, but moves.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world"
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley