Nobody make any sudden moves or jiggle the elbows of Reforms Conservatives.
They are trying to sloooooowly tease the "Crazy" out of "Crazy Party".
With a teeny, tiny pair of tweezers.
It is a vewy, vewy delicate operation. From David Frum, who stands roughly in the middle of my list of people who are inexplicably hired over and over again to write silly thing like this in national publications:
Got that Liberals?...The reform conservatives seem more open to the new. This is progress. If the policy agenda that follows remains cautious, remember: These conservative reformers aren’t trying to change the world. They’re trying to change a political party.You don’t change people’s minds by telling them they are wrong, even—or especially—if they are wrong. You change their minds first by establishing an emotional connection with them. Next you ratify their existing beliefs. When it comes time to introduce a new idea, you emphasize its consistency with things they already believe. This is what the reform conservatives are doing, or have begun to do. If they seem to be moving slowly, well, take it from me: It’s no good being even 10 minutes ahead of the times.
The real problem in American politics is that the Teabaggers haven't been coddled and flattered and fawned over enough. Because according to Mr. Frum -- who is indeed an expert at fawning and flattering -- that is the only way to lead some benighted soul out of the darkness and into the light of True Conservatism.
And you know, come to think of it, who is further from the Light of True Conservatism that filthy, America-hating Liberals like us!
So the next time Crazy Uncle Liberty jabs you in the chest, and loudly repeats for the umpteenth time what an America-hating, terr'ist-lovin', Commie stooge you Libruls are based on whatever Kenyan Usurper wingnut conspiracy turd Limbaugh shat into his skull that morning, instead of "arguing" about "facts", give David Frum's advice a shot instead: try telling Crazy Uncle Liberty very calmly that, before you can make space in your Big Book of Important Ideas for his rustic views on science and Negroes, he must first create a properly safe emotional context for you.
And then he must ratify your existing beliefs.
And they he should emphasize the consistency of rustic views on science and Negroes with things you already believe.
And then drop me a line and tell me how it went.