Kevin Drum explains part of the reason I don’t have a lot of respect for the modern Republican Party

Do note that while I think there are occasionally differences between the Republican party and the conservative movement, there isn’t much of a difference right now.  The conservative wing has a pretty solid hammerlock on the party leadership.  Anyway, Drum:

Right. The world has changed in the past 20 years but conservatism doesn’t really seem willing to accept it. Take global warming. Here’s the rough conservative reaction to it starting in the early 90s:

  1. It doesn’t exist.
  2. It exists but it isn’t manmade.
  3. It’s manmade, but it’s too expensive to do anything about.

Even this is a generous assessment. A lot of conservatives are still stuck at #2, and sizeable chunk at #1. What this means is that they’re basically shut out of the conversation entirely. Which is too bad, because I’d actually be sort of interested to hear a conservative take on how to address global warming that accepts both its reality and the necessity of doing something about it. If we really are facing a global environmental catastrophe, what shape would a conservative solution take? I don’t think anyone knows. Likewise, conservative reaction to wage stagnation and growing income inequality has gone down a similar road:

  1. It doesn’t exist.
  2. It exists, but consumption inequality is what really matters.
  3. ??

Our current financial meltdown has pretty much wiped out #2 as a plausible explanation, since the stagnating middle class can no longer borrow to keep up their consumption. But what’s #3? Will it be yet another attempt to deny that the problem even exists? Or some kind of interesting conservative take on what to do about it?

Global warming and skyrocketing income inequality are problems that didn’t even exist in 1980, which means there is no “Reaganite” solution to appeal to. There might still be conservative takes on these things, but they won’t do any good until conservatives actually accept that these are real problems that people genuinely care about. That day still seems pretty far off.

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3 Comments on “Kevin Drum explains part of the reason I don’t have a lot of respect for the modern Republican Party”

  1. Bernstein Says:

    Why Republicans Really Suck:

    “Candidate for RNC chairmanship was member of whites-only club”

    tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/11/candidate_for_rnc_chair_was_me.php

  2. Dennis Says:

    There is that.

  3. Dennis Says:

    Bernstein, I edited your first comment so the link worked and deleted the second comment. FYI.


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