Former George W. Bush chief speechwriter, senior Republican policy adviser and reliable Beltway Republican stalactite, Michael Gerson, is truly, madly, deeply, concerned about the millions and millions and millions of bigots and imbeciles who apparently all suddenly and simultaneously precipitated out of thin air -- fully formed and raving mad -- and joined the Republican Party mere moments after Michael Gerson left.
What an amazing coincidence!
Mr. Gerson lays out a damning-but-not-nearly-damning-enough list of crackpot Conservative conspiracy theories which will be familiar to anyone with a Conservative family member or colleague who has figured out how to use The AOL, and which Donald J. Trump has been playing like the Pied Piper to lead the GOP to its doom.
There are conspiracies about immunization, Mexicans, those "really" responsible for 9/11, the "murder" of Antonin Scalia and so forth, but if you look closely, you will notice that the activation date of the various crackpot Conservative conspiracy theories Mr. Gerson cites --
Watching the excellent documentary “Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear” is to relive the confusion and controversies of the summer of 2014: the initial public health mistakes, the divided and unclear responsibilities, the hysterical coverage on cable TV. But it is the political role played by Republicans and conservatives that stands out, and not in a good way.
At every stage, elements of the right made a reasonable, science-based response to Ebola more difficult. Against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie quarantined a nurse returning from West Africa who had tested negative for the disease. Some conservative media outlets spread false information about the disease to exaggerate an impression of public health incompetence.
But it was Donald Trump who led the opposition...
-- all just so happen to be after the Bush Regime left office and scattered to the winds to join think tanks and America's Very Serious newspapers.
For example, there is no mention of Vince Foster or the Mena airport. Not one word about those other group who leading Conservatives claimed were equally responsible for 9/11. No mention of Terri Schiavo. Nothing about Dubya hitting the Terrorism Alert Panic Button whenever his re-election numbers started to look shaky, or the millions of raving, unhinged words spilled by the Right calling Liberals idiots or dupes or terrorist-loving traitors for questioning the predicate and conduct of the Iraq War.
So when Mr. Gerson asks --
What kind of politics is ascendant in the United States?
-- I really don't think he wants the answer.
Because during Mr. Gerson's entire career as a speechwriter and senior Republican policy adviser, his Republican Party has been only too happy to openly traffic in this kind of hateful, often-racist trash and paranoid filth to keep the meathead base dumbed down, whipped up and pointed in the right direction during every election.
Mr. Gerson's Republican Party is a wicked thing which, like cholera, destroys everything it touches.
It has been deliberately sowing the wind for decades now.
So how fucking dare he start bitching now, at this late hour, as Trump's banners are flying and Trump's drums are beating, about the horrors of reaping the whirlwind.