What To Look Forward To In 2009-2010

1 comment November 9th, 2008at 05:44pm Posted by Eli

Another Multi Medium flashback, this time from last January, reflecting on the significance of conservative Rod Dreher’s repudiation of the Bush administration:

I expect there were a whole bunch of bitterly disillusioned conservatives back in 1974 too, but they sure got over it pretty quick. I suspect that if the next Democratic president can’t undo the deep structural, psychic, and moral damage 8 years of Bush misrule have inflicted on our country, and if the Republicans field a candidate peddling a bogus message of sunny optimism, then the conservative true believers’ faith will be miraculously and instantly restored.

After all, Bush was an aberration; he wasn’t a real conservative, and they were all taken in by his wily, resolute ways. But the next time will be totally different, and they’ll follow Reagan II to the end of the Earth… until they get close enough to the edge to see the abyss below, at which point the cycle will repeat. Conservatives fall in love with Republicans, Republicans nearly destroy America, Conservatives fall out of love with Republicans, Democrats fail to usher in Golden Age Of America, Conservatives fall in love with Republicans again.

Thinking on it a bit more, I think a big part of the problem (or maybe just a symptom?) is standards. Conservatives simply hold Republicans and other conservatives to a much, much lower standard than they hold Democrats and progressives to. Look at how badly Bush had to fuck everything up before Dreher finally lost faith in him, as compared to him losing faith in Jimmy Carter over one failed rescue operation. Compare the relative standards for impeachment, or for congressional investigations, or even the very definitions of words like “popular” or “mandate.” I might try to blame the media for this, but the sad truth is that most of the media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the conservative movement.

But the bottom line is that the standard of success for a Republican president is somewhere in the vicinity of “Don’t get us into a depression or World War III”, whereas the standard of success for a Democratic president is “Fix everything the Republicans broke and make the world perfect.” So based on that, they can easily say, “Hey, I tried to give the Democrats the benefit of the doubt, but they had their chance and they failed miserably, so I’m going to start screaming my head off for impeachment like any reasonable, responsible citizen should.”

I think this gives us a pretty accurate idea of what to expect from the media and the so-called reasonable conservative community (but I repeat myself).  The first time Obama screws up, they will declare him to be The Worst President Of All Time, and will attack him mercilessly until he leaves office… and possibly after.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Obama,Politics,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. charley  |  November 9th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    well, rush is already blaming him for the oncoming depression.

    and damn you for posting that 5D. i was thinking of getting a used one, but how could i justify that when for not much more i could have video.

    which you may not think you want until you get some soda cartons and a cat. that vid made my day.


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