Procrastinating on July 11, 2016

Monday Smackdown: Paul Krugman Tut-Tuts at David Frum for the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Back in 1980 the Republican and Democratic intellectuals I knew and knew of seemed roughly evenly matched as far as their policy chops and their attachment to reality.

Not since. A number of filters have been applied to those who have wanted to remain influential Republicans in good standing. They have been successively called upon to endorse or at the very least stay quiet about the propositions that:

  1. Retrospectively, Goldwater was a genius and his campaign was a victory...

  2. Supply-side economics is a great success, delivering more rapid economic growth with little or no revenue losses from tax cuts...

  3. Ronald Reagan was a very clever man throughout his presidency--not someone out of his depth who did not understand the issue tradeoffs presented to him, and who suffered increasingly from dementia throughout his presidency...

  4. Dan Quayle was highly qualified for the presidency and would have made an excellent president...

  5. Bill Clinton's policies were disastrous...

  6. Bill Clinton was guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors...

  7. George W. Bush was well-qualified for the presidency...

  8. Iraq possessed an ample arsenal of weapons of mass destruction...

  9. Sarah Palin was well-qualified for presidency...

  10. Paul Ryan had a coherent budget plan with numbers that added up...

Current practicing conservatives and Republicans have long practiced agreeing with, convincing themselves that you agree with, or at the very least convincing themselves that the ten big fibs listed above are not very important.

Is it any surprise that the qualifications for being in the top 1% of thoughtfulness as a conservative or a Republican are now very thin indeed?

Paul Krugman: David Frum: "George Will defined and personified what it meant to be a thoughtful conservative":

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