Quotes of the day

posted at 10:35 pm on February 26, 2009 by Allahpundit

“If you want to get a sense of how unserious and ungrounded most Americans think the Republican Party is, look no further than how conservatives elevate Joe the Plumber as a spokesman. The movement has become so gimmick-driven that Wurzelbacher will be a conservative hero long after people have forgotten what his legitimate policy beef with Obama was.

A movement self-confident in its place in American society would not have made Joe the Plumber a bigger story than he actually was. Since its very beginnings as a movement, conservatism has bought into liberalism’s dominant place in the American political process. They controlled all the major institutions: the media, academia, Hollywood, the Democratic Party, large segments of the Republican Party, and consequently, the government. Liberalism’s image of conservatives in the ’50s and ’60s as paranoid Birchers gave birth to a conservative movement self-conscious of its minority status. As in any tribe that is small in number and can’t fully trust its most natural allies (i.e. the business community or the Republican Party), the meta-debate of who is inside and outside the tribe is magnified exponentially.”

“Much as their blind loyalty discredited the Right, perhaps the worst effect of Limbaugh et al. has been their draining away of political energy from what might have been a much more worthwhile project: the fostering of a middlebrow conservatism. There is nothing wrong with lowbrow conservatism. It’s energizing and fun. What’s wrong is the impression fixed in the minds of too many Americans that conservatism is always lowbrow, an impression our enemies gleefully reinforce when the opportunity arises. Thus a liberal like E.J. Dionne can write, ‘The cause of Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss, Robert Nisbet and William F. Buckley Jr. is now in the hands of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity. … Reason has been overwhelmed by propaganda, ideas by slogans.’ Talk radio has contributed mightily to this development…

Conservatives have never had, and never should have, a problem with elitism. Why have we allowed carny barkers to run away with the Right?”

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If we had a government full of folks like Joe this country would not be in the mess it’s in. I like him.

apacalyps on February 27, 2009 at 3:12 PM

So now Joe’s question is conceded to be a “legitimate policy beef”? Well, that’s something, then.

Paul_in_NJ on February 27, 2009 at 3:22 PM

allahpundit can bite me

nancyw2009 on February 27, 2009 at 4:16 PM

How dare an average citizen have any say in politics!

Back into your hole and earn some money for taxes you scum of the earth!

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM

If thats the case, where are the conservative “intellectual pursuits”? Forgive my example, for every hannity…wheres the conservative NPR? Somewhere where news and analysis of it isnt done in such an coulteresque juvenile fashion. because im sorry, but hannity/coulter/rush/oreilly can be right but use very juvenile emotional arguments to get their point across…where is there a place devoid of that? without a visible wing of the party on that side of things its easy to marginalize republicans as all JTP’s running around with slogans as their only ammunition for use against the real problems we face.

ernesto on February 27, 2009 at 12:17 AM

So, “conservative intellectuals” are only “intellectuals” insofar as they resemble squishies like David Brooks. There’s your answer.

ddrintn on February 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM

^ I prefer a commentator who just tells the plain truth as they see it, without having to resort to the camouflage of academicese. And how “intellectual” is friggin’ NPR? You’ve just bought into the image the libs want to project of their pets.

ddrintn on February 27, 2009 at 4:58 PM