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Sunday, November 09, 2008

O'Rourke on the Republican Collapse

P. J. O'Rourke is a funny guy, but more importantly he is very smart and perceptive. His message for Republicans is, "We Blew It" and he is absolutely right. He writes:

Let us bend over and kiss our ass goodbye. Our 28-year conservative opportunity to fix the moral and practical boundaries of government is gone--gone with the bear market and the Bear Stearns and the bear that's headed off to do you-know-what in the woods on our philosophy.

An entire generation has been born, grown up, and had families of its own since Ronald Reagan was elected. And where is the world we promised these children of the Conservative Age? Where is this land of freedom and responsibility, knowledge, opportunity, accomplishment, honor, truth, trust, and one boring hour each week spent in itchy clothes at church, synagogue, or mosque? It lies in ruins at our feet, as well it might, since we ourselves kicked the shining city upon a hill into dust and rubble. The progeny of the Reagan Revolution will live instead in the universe that revolves around Hyde Park.

What follows is an excruciatingly accurate analysis of the ways in which conservative politicians and pundits have failed to live up to their promises. This will come as no news to rank and file Republicans who have been abandoning their leadership for years now, but it is sobering and in a way energizing to have the whole sorry story laid out clearly before us.

Read it here.

In addition to being very funny and smart and perceptive. P. J. is a very wise man. He is currently battling cancer. Let us pray that he wins -- men like him will be needed in these troubling times.