Were Republicans Ever Not Insane?

by Ben Cohen

Glenn Greenwald makes a very convincing argument that contrary to conventional wisdom, the Republican Party has always been made up of fanatical idiots:

I have very mixed feelings about the protests of conservatives such as David Frum or Andrew Sullivan

that the conservative movement has been supposedly “hijacked”by

extremists and crazies.On the one hand, this is true.But when was

it different?Rush Limbaugh didn’t just magically appear in the last

twelve months. He — along with people likeJames Dobson, Pat

Robertson, Bill Kristol andJesse Helms — have been leaders of that

party for decades. Republicans spent the 1990s wallowing in Ken

Starr’s sex report, “Angry WhiteMale”militias, black U.N.

helicopters, Vince Foster’s murder, Clinton’s Mena drug runway,

Monica’s semen-stained dress, Hillary’s lesbianism, “wag the dog”

theories, and all sorts of efforts to personally humiliateClinton and

destroy the legitimacy of his presidency using the most paranoid,

reality-detached, and scurrilous attacks. And the crazed conspiracy-mongers in that movement became even more prominent

during theBush years. Frum himself — now parading around as the

SeriousAdult conservative — wrote, along with uber-extremist Richard

Perle, one of the most deranged and reality-detached books of the last two decades, and before that, celebrated GeorgeW. Bush, his former boss, as “TheRightMan.”

I do think that having a Black man in the White House has driven the fringe Right over the edge, but Greenwald makes a good point. The GOP thrives through a cynical symbiosis of corporate interests and fear mongering designed to convince middle America that Democrats want to steal their money and kill unborn fetuses. This trick has been going on for some time until the public finally got sick of it after George Bush literally drove the country off a cliff. The Michele Malkins and Rush Limbaughs have been plying their trade for some time, its just now that their claims are finally being exposed for what they are: Utter bullshit.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.