If you are like most Americans, you have no idea who Kathleen Parker is. But if you remember her at all, it's probably because once upon a time she said a mean thing about Sarah Palin. And when that happened...
...Ms. Parker, you might remember, achieved brief fame outside the wingnut Thunderdome a few years ago when, after an entire career spent lobbing red meat to violently insane bitey-bitey Conservative zombies, was suddenly and hilariously shocked!shocked! to discover after a less-than-supporting column about Sarah Palin that her readers were not just violently insane bitey-bitey Conservative zombies, but violently insane bitey-bitey Conservative zombies who super-duper luuurved them some Sarah Palin:Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a dumpster, but since she didn’t, I should "off" myself.Happily, Ms. Parker recovered from her brief collision with reality and has managed by dint of sheer, batshit talking point repetition to slither back into the good graces of violently insane bitey-bitey Conservative zombie crowd with verbal junk food...
After 20 years of column writing, I’m familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced responses of a different order. Not just angry, but vicious and threatening
Well, Ms. Parker has once again fallen out of love with the bitey-bitey Conservative zombie crowd whose existence has paid for her hearth and home for lo these many years. In fact she is so concerned with their hijinx and shenanigans and monkeyshines and whatnot that she wrote an entire column for an American newspaper today expressing her worry that if their hijinx and shenanigans and monkeyshines (and whatnot!) goes on too much longer, "rational conservatism" may eventually be in big trouble!
Kathleen Parker: Cretins and squirrel heads...Why would any candidate align himself with the sort of ignorance that prompts someone to carry a sign comparing the U.S. Supreme Court to the Islamic State? Because stupid sells, apparently. But party members and candidates who understand the distinctions in this and other instances have a duty to challenge erroneous representations when they are made, not with bland dispassion but with outrage equal to the offense. Otherwise, they are complicit in the eventual demise of rational conservatism.
Imagine a carrion beetle. Now imagine that carrion beetle taking a break from its dinner long enough to write a column for the Washington Post explaining that the corpse on which it has been supping for decades isn't really a corpse at all. In fact, it's still alive and kicking, but if someone doesn't Take Steps pretty soon, maybe one day in the distant future, that corpse really will be dead, dead, dead!
And what'll we have for dinner then, huh?
After which the carrion beetle toddles back to the dining room for the second course.
Sorry, Ms. Parker, but "rational conservatism" wouldn't 'voom' if you put 4,000 volts through it.
And you damn well know it.