I’m waiting for Ross [Douthat] to unload on the GOP, which he should, given the rationale of his post. But he appears to be rhetorically lying low – the position “reasonable” Republicans have taken as their party has become more and more galvanized by the crazy.-- Andrew Sullivan, October 8, 2013
And I'm waiting for Andrew Sullivan to admit that Liberals were right all along, which he should, given that much of "The Dish" now consists of post after post after post detailing the atrocities of the Crazy Right in framing and vocabulary lifted straight from the Liberal canon of the last 20 years.
There is effectively no Republican party any more. There is a radical movement to destroy the modern American state and eviscerate its institutions in favor of restoring a mythical, elysian, majority-white, nineteenth-century past. This crisis is proving that more powerfully than even watching Fox. We need to see what is in front of our nose: a cold civil war has broken out between those properly called conservatives, defending the credit of the government, empirical reality, and adjustments to modern life and those properly called radical reactionaries declaring our current elected president and Senate as illegitimate actors, bent on the destruction of America, and therefore necessitating total political warfare, even to the point of threatening to destroy the global economy.
But he appears to be rhetorically lying low, billing this as an apocalyptic struggle between those noble few who "properly called conservatives" and the "radical reactionaries."There is a really tough choice for the president to make – almost as tough as the choices Lincoln had to make.
Like black people on "Seinfeld", or gays on "Father Knows Best", nowhere in the dramatis personae of Mr. Sullivan's holy war against the "illegitimate actors, bent on the destruction of America" is there any room for of those millions of inconvenient Liberals who have already been down in the mud of that long, twilight struggle for decades.
So it looks like we're all in for a long wait.
Everybody might as well get comfortable.