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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

I have seen the past

The blogosphere has been aflame and it's been hard to keep up with the tweets. The national media has been on the scene, with some even doing some live stand-ups. Glenn! Newt! Anne!

Yes, the Conservative political Action Conference has Ground Zero for the political world the last few days. With that in mind, the chattering classes were well, chattering, over who will win the presidential preference straw poll.

And the winner is -- Ron Paul! Yes, the 74-year-old, two-time presidential campaign loser (as a Libertarian and a Republican) smoked the competition that include Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty.

And they say liberals are out of touch?

After being treated to the hilarity of Newt Gingrich preaching bipartisanship (like shutting down government because he had to exit the rear of the plane?) and Anne Coulter preaching intolerance, the true believers were treated to Glenn Beck being well, Glenn Beck.
Blaming President Obama for the nation’s problems was “too simple an answer,” Mr. Beck, a popular conservative talk show host, told thousands of cheering supporters at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference. The real problem, he said, is progressivism, scrawling the word with chalk on a portable blackboard, a prop from his television show. “This is the disease in America,” he said.
No wonder he's again health care reform!

Launching an attack that ranged from Theodore Roosevelt to John McCain, the latest conservative darling was at his wild-eyed best, feeding red meat to the faithful that then cast its lot with Paul (give 'em points for seeing through Palin).

The off-the-charts wackiness should hold some clear messages both for the Republican Party (progressivism lite?) and the media that has been enthralled by the Tea Party movement, Beck's 9-12 movement and other thunder from the Right.

Yes these people are mad as hell. And mad as hatters. When Newt Gingrich comes across as a voice of sanity for "principled bipartisanship" this is a movement that has clearly left the rails and is headed into a ditch. They may take the Democrats with them, but picking Paul over Romney can only recall one other great moment in conservative history.
"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
Barry Goldwater, if you recall, lost 44 states and by late in life had come to view the current conservative platform as out-of-touch with his own beliefs.

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