Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mitt Romney [is] Niedermeyer (the establishment brown-noser from “Animal House”).
Rod Dreher

Mr Dreher also notices:

The resemblance between Huckabee and Buchanan
Anti-free trade/a well-meant protectionism and sincere Christian convictions like Rust Belt Democrats or William Jennings Bryanesque socialism. Except Pat sounds more like a real conservative and thus I’m not ashamed of voting for him in the 1996 primary and I wish I’d gone Buchanan Reform in 2000 (I have a little sign from that campaign on my bulletin board at home as a reminder, along with another conservative artefact, a Barry Goldwater campaign badge). If I’d been paying attention (the PNAC had made its plans back in 1998) I would have seen through the real-conservative promises the dim (I knew) Mr Bush’s minders had him saying (‘no nation-building’... before 9/11 Changed Everything™).

Speaking of ’90s conservatism selling out or possibly being a big nothing all along, Chronicles notes:

Newsmax now ♥ the Clintons
The culture-warriors were played like Chuck Mangione’s Flügelhorn as the neocons lied, lied, lied just like they do now, painting the charming, entertaining (sax-playing) Mr Clinton as the Antichrist. His views were horrible but in the end that didn’t matter thanks to his overriding desire to be president and especially being caged by a hostile legislature early on. (Newt Gingrich, another war-loving statist big nothing now giving Hillary Clinton free campaign advice. At least he was right, as I always knew, that censoring the Internet is a stupid idea.) Never mind the ideological bollocks. Gridlock is our friend. (There’s no government like no government!) The result back then? What Reagan promised but didn’t deliver, even the possibility of a balanced budget. A serviceable conservative president! (The accusations of rape of course are not to be taken lightly but at this point I wonder if many of them were like Saddam Hussein’s imaginary WMDs or Iran’s nukes.)

Europe was right about Lewinsky: grow the hell up!

The great humorist P.J. O’Rourke (met him once) made the same point ages ago about chi-chi charity for the cameras. Hollywood cares about Aids but not mundane, semi-comic, easily treatable diarrhœa, also a killer around the world.

The wit and wisdom of Milton Friedman
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.

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