William F. Buckley:
"If you had a European prime minister who experienced what we've experienced it would be expected that he would retire or resign."
What unites hardliners like Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh -- their uncompromisingly conservative take on politics? In a provocative blog post titled Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
, Glenn Greenwald persuasively argues otherwise. He believes that the conservative movement -- traditionally
against big government
, excessive spending
, and federal intrusion into the private lives of Americans
-- has been hijacked by something much more dangerous: an authoritarian cult
, or as Greenwald puts it, "a form of highly emotional mass theater masquerading as political debate."
It's thoughtful, not angry or insulting. It appears to make sense and it doesn't upset me. Is this really how they think of themselves? Required reading for the liberal opposition: A Republican's View of George Bush, Compassionate Conservative
. (NYTimes, free registration required)