Thursday, September 02, 2004

George Will is a moron. But you probably already knew that. What is clear, however, is that Will cannot tell the difference between Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller, or between rhetoric and action.
Four decades after a Republican convention in San Francisco nominated Sen. Goldwater, sealing the ascendancy of conservatism in the party, his kind of conservatism made a comeback at the convention here. That conservatism -- muscular foreign policy backing unapologetic nationalism; economic policies of low taxation and light regulation; a libertarian inclination regarding cultural questions -- is not fully ascendant in the party. But the prominent display and rapturous reception of Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger demonstrated that such conservatism is not an insurmountable impediment to a person's reaching the party's highest echelons.
Referring to Goldwater conservatism as a policy of "low taxation and light regulation" is as disingenuous as it gets. Goldwater wanted to roll back the entire New Deal, and he failed utterly. What you see in people like Giuliani and Schwarzenegger is the rise of liberal Republicans, but rising in places which have always been hospitable to this kind of political animal. This is especially true in the Northeast where liberal Republicans are the only kind you can find. The fact that they have a prominent role in the GOP convention this year only shows that the Party is good at propaganda, realizing its mistakes of 1992 and keeping the wing nuts who run the show (esp. Hastert and DeLay) out of the limelight.

Rudy and Arnold (not to mention this week's other media darling George Pataki) are Rockefeller not Goldwater Republicans. The fact that George Will can't tell the difference only demonstrates how empty his head is getting.


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