Conservative policy wonk Max Borders posits a libertarian conservative agenda not rooted in either the past or the culture wars.
Add yet another “R” to the things Republicans need to do to pull their party from the abyss: Risk. What sorts of risks can the GOP take? Let's start with policy. Consider some platform changes that may seem crazy at first, but if you’re prepared to embrace them, own them and see them through you could a) change the national conversation, b) restore your credibility on all this recent “freedom” talk, and c) win younger voters.
I'm having a hard time imagining the party of social conservatism buying into ideas like civil unions for gays and legalized drugs, but at least Borders is trying.
Blogger Chris Bowers has previously pointed out that lots of things are more popular than the Republican Party, including China and the legalization of marijuana. Now this:
New polling from CNN indicates that anti-American, oil-cartel,
socialist-block-forming Venezuela is now viewed more favorably than the
Yep: 42% of Americans approve of Venezuela, while only 39% approve of the Republican Party. It was better, politically, for President Obama to shake hands with Hugo Chavez than it would be for him to shake hands with Newt Gingrich. Perhaps Democrats should shun Republicans wherever we meet them.
My Republican friends keep asking me when I'll take the GOP seriously
again and why I've stopped writing about ticky-tak political
gamesmanship and GOP consultant tricks. When they're a serious party
with serious ideas, then we can talk.
Steve Benen on Glen Beck's stunt of pouring fake gasoline on someone and pretending to set him on fire:
This was so completely insane, it was probably the first time I
genuinely started to wonder if Beck's derangement is an elaborate act.
A guy this crazy, in real life, might try to eat his shoes while
arguing with mailboxes. Getting dressed and making it to a television studio every day would be difficult.
I, personally, believe that Glen Beck exists to make Rush Limbaugh look reasonable.