When conservative intellectuals disown the GOP’s extremism

Ryan Cooper ARGUES that “a movement which is increasingly defined by propaganda and unmoored from reality will eventually drive the intellectuals out.”

Another point about the decay of the conservative intelligentsia is just how far people go when they finally quit the movement. They don’t just fade into retirement or neutrality, they get angry. Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan adviser, says things like “I think a good chunk of the Republican caucus is either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards, who are desperately afraid of the tea party people, and rightly so.” David Frum, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, wrote a piece titled “When  Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?”

Most recently, Michael Fumento wrote a take-no-prisoners piece in Salon about how “I worked for Reagan and wrote for National Review. But the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity.”



  1. expdoc

    “But the new hysterical right cares nothing for truth or dignity.”

    And the hysterical left does?

    What a laugh.

  2. Poor doc! He embraces a party full of Birthers, creationists, global-warming deniers, theocrats, homophobes, racists, misogynists, xenophobes and assorted other loonies — and all he can do is resort to a variation on the old I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I defense.

    ‘Tis a pity!

  3. expdoc

    Only a committed left winger would think that the truth is a pity.

    Extremists on the left, extremists on the right, fiscal disaster looming.

    Who will be the adult and offer a solution?

    In Pat’s world, anyone who proposes any meaningul reform in entitlement spending or a decrease in overall government spending is a right wing extremist. And if they are not trying to raise taxes on the rich (even though that won’t come close to fixing our problem) they must be truly crazed.

    The thing is, name calling and demonization of your opponent can’t overcome the simple math of the situation that we face.

    Reality sucks, particularly when it means politicians run out of money to spend and they actually have to make a decision that might be unpopular.

  4. doc: That’s a pretty poor explanation of why you embrace a party full of Birthers, creationists, global-warming deniers, theocrats, homophobes, racists, misogynists, xenophobes and assorted other loonies.

  5. expdoc

    No, I embrace a party that is also embraced by your laundry list of extremists.

    You do the same. Just from the left side of the aisle.

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend Pat!

    I will be out of commission next week as I am chaperoning an 8th grade trip to Washington D.C..

    I hope someone keeps the comment section lively!

  6. doc: Say hello to Sunspots Johnson while you’re in D.C.

  7. expdoc

    I will send him your regards.


    When the energy input to the Earth from the sun is lower, you can easily imagine then what the first effect would be — heating less of the ocean’s surface. This promotes less evaporation of water vapor from the ocean, reducing what we all know to be the major green house gas, water vapor, in contrast to atmospheric carbon dioxide. Then, you would say that if the sun provides less energy to warm the ocean’s surface, and there is less of this water vapor and less of the water vapor greenhouse effect, then the Earth begins warming less so than you would normally have during the normal sunspot activity maximum when the sun gives off more light-energy to the planetary system.

    “The second way to think about this is if the sun is giving less light to the ocean’s surface, then you will also give less energy to transfer the heat, or even the material itself, from the surface to the upper atmosphere. The connection between the surface and the upper atmosphere is less than it would be, including the circulation patterns of the weather and the oceans.

    “And then one can think about it another way, if you give less energy to transfer energy from the surface to higher up in the atmosphere, as high as 5 or 8 kilometers, then the chance for the system to produce these so-called thin high-cirrus clouds is less. These are the clouds that are very, very effective as a greenhouse blocker, these thin high-cirrus clouds. This is the idea that Professor Dickenson from MIT has suggested, that the Earth system may act like an iris. If it’s too warm, then the iris opens, if it’s too cold it closes, so that this fixture can trap heat, providing a very efficient way to warm or cool the Earth system.

    “During a solar activity minimum, imagine that you produce less of these high-cirrus clouds, then the ability of the Earth to shed heat itself is a lot easier, therefore the system cools. And then continuing, when you don’t have enough energy to bring all of this water vapor and the currents more than a few kilometers up, then it all accumulates at the bottom of the system, producing more of the low clouds. And on low clouds we know that they are very effective at reflecting sunlight. So again, it’s another way that the Earth system can cool.

    “And even another way to think about it is less energy intercepted in the tropical region, from say 20 or 30 degrees north and south latitudes, then you are able to transfer less heat energy to the polar regions, resulting in the arctic regions getting slightly cooler in that sense as well.

    “So these are some of the possible scenarios that we’ve reached which in sort of a low-sunlight scenario would affect the Earth’s weather.”

    Dr. Soon is an astrophysicist whose field of expertise is the sun for Harvard and the Smithsonian. He said, “The Sun is the all encompassing energy giver to life on planet Earth.” And presently it’s getting a lot of attention from scientists. He expects that if 2009 is another cold year which correlates to the decreased sunspot activity, that the global warming theories which attribute temperature fluctuations to increases in the levels of atmospheric CO2 will need to take notice

  8. doc: The sunspots theory has been debunked every which way from Sunday. Check this:


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