Probably the last post on this we’ll do on the “Nazis are socialists” debate for a while, but this essay comes from Jonah Goldberg, the author of the book Liberal Fascism so we’ll include it.
Trippi is an old time Democratic consultant who is very smart and his analysis here is interesting. This is a video well worth watching for those who care about the massive political changes going on right now especially on the so called American “Right.” He sees the libertarian movement as perhaps the most important movement in American politics and a movement which will change (and is changing) the political landscape.
I am proud to say that I work with people from all 3 groups regularly. The libertarians I find are the most intellectually stimulating and they have the best taste in music. The progressives are fun because they are bewildered by my positions and seem amazed that anyone not wearing a coon skin cap can be for the 2nd Amendment. They also always have a vegetarian option for lunch. Conservatives invariably have the best food generally, the best liquor, (I don’t drink liquor) and play golf. (Which is a positive in my book.)
Boyd Marcus is a good old boy. He was a Republican good old boy until he switched sides last year and endorsed Terry McAuliffe the Bill Clinton confidant, former head of the DNC, and accomplished crony capitalist.
So Bob, I noticed that you haven’t given the ACME CRONY PAC a contribution this year. You know you still have until the end of the year and Stevens is gunning for your job…So… just write a check OK? Thanks.
There is a clear line which has been drawn in the dirt of Washington DC. On one side there are the lobbyists, the #oldmedia, and the establishment political machines. On the other side are the people calling for a truly smaller government.
Bill Galston is an extremely bright man. I’ve met him and I was impressed. Though I generally disagree with his perspective I think he is a highly skilled political scientist. This op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offers an interesting take on the Tea Party from an establishment “Left” perspective.
I think the article pretty accurately reflects a growing sentiment. Young Dems are inclined to remain Democrats. The Democrats will likely remain the “statist” party. Those who generally want more government, believe in the collectivist ideal, are for increased centralization, and believe the only way to deal with environmental issues is through federal regulation are unlikely to leave the warm embrace of the Democratic Party anytime soon. It’s a union mentality.
All we will say on this is that the endorsement by Paul is interesting. Robert Sarvis is the Libertarian Party candidate and is polling in the 10-12% range among Virginia voters. An historically high level. That Paul still endorsed the GOP candidate is, as we said, interesting and important. But it is also important that Sarvis is polling at 10%.