SO MANY TYPES OF SANTORUM. But Scott, the Santorum strategy isn't merely to deny that he's a conservative, it's also to affirm that he's a conservative! And a libertarian! And a progressive! Given the breadth of the coalition such a uniter could theoretically muster, Bob Casey must be one helluva candidate to remain so far out ahead.
WHO READS THE RIGHT? I must admit that, unlike many of my Tapped colleagues, I don't generally read right-wing blogs anymore. I used to consider it important to engage with the opposition, but most have become too detached from reality. I especially do not read the dreaded Corner. My time and patience are limited.
COLLINS: SHOCKED, SHOCKED. One of the more grotesque spectacles in recent years has been the dependably ginned-up outrage (with no willingness to point fingers at the clear culprits) we see from GOP moderates every time their party hoodwinks them, and the American people. Case in point: The New York Timesreports today that hidden in a huge military spending bill recently signed by the president is a provision to terminate the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. According to the Times:
AND DON'T FORGET -- HE'S A LIBERTARIAN TOO!Shorter Verbatim Peggy Noonan:
Most of [Rick Santorum's] own impulses -- protect the unprotected, help the helpless, respect the common man -- have not been conservative in the way conservative is roughly understood, or portrayed, in the national imagination. If this were the JFK era, his politics would not be called "right wing" but "progressive." He is, at heart, a Catholic social reformer. Bobby Kennedy would have loved him.
ON TED. So we've seen Pastor Ted Haggard's (alleged) Field Guide To The Seven Deadly Sins released by dribs and drabs over the last couple of days. But just to make it clear that people like Haggard should be treated with nothing less than the absolute pie-in-the-face ridicule they so richly deserve, see this clip of him from a while back, prior to this week's festivities. This isn't religion. This is a psychological cargo cult that provides a marvelous environment for fakes and charlatans to act out twisted psychological problems in a fashion that would have embarrassed the boys in Led Zeppelin. This isn't a minister of the gospel.
CHAPTER 9,472. I am afraid that this is going to become something of a recurring theme over the next couple of years, but have I mentioned that there isn't an important issue these days on which John McCain won't pander to the worst instincts of the Haggard Base of the Republican party?
Thanks, John. You can play a bigot on TV for a week. (Tip o' the cap to the AmericaBlog folks.)
NUCLEAR WINTER. Now that's the Republican Party I know and love! Hill GOPers and The Weekly Standard have long been on a crusade to declassify captured Iraqi documents in the hope that somewhere, there's a pony -- some sort of evidence of WMD programs -- amidst the manure. So now the Republicans in Congress, fresh from alleging on the basis of no evidence that the reason the CIA hasn't found WMD is because it's in league with al-Qaeda, lean on the intelligence community to do so, right before the election.