Reaping the Whirlwind


Apropos of our discussion of my last Deep Stupid post, I’ve been hearing quite a lot lately about various segments of movement conservatism starting to turn on each other.

This isn’t the ultra-conservative vs. conservative stuff, like NY-23.  This is ultra-conservative vs. ultra-conservative.  Various tea party groups, for example, are questioning the patriotism of other tea party groups.  Some are even suing each other.

Hm.  Hmmm.  Something goes from a highly coherent, unified body to a bunch of small, self-involved sub-groups, then the sub-groups start calling each other names and questioning each other’s purity and credentials and eventually splinter into smaller and smaller sub-groups.

Hmmmmmm . . . this seems familar.  Like, a pattern I’ve seen before or somethin’.   Think . . . think . . . what. could. it. be . . . hmmmmm . . .

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9 Responses to “Reaping the Whirlwind”

  1. Terry A. Says:

    Chocolate babies?

  2. urbino Says:

    Sea birds.

  3. Terry A. Says:

    I don’t know. What is it?

  4. jazzbumpa Says:

    A point, which is neither here nor there, I suppose, but the ultra-cons of various stripes might have been unified, after a fashion, but please, please, please don’t ever suggest that they were coherent.

    Back on topic;
    Unless you’re talking about the Lions under Matt Millen, I am way too unhip to even have a clue.

    JzB the traditional trombonist

  5. urbino Says:

    I’m not talking about ultra-conservatism. I’m talking about the Republican Party. It used to be a coherent whole. Not unanimous, understand, but basically all moving in the same general direction — i.e., coherent.

    Then it split up into cultural cons, business cons, and intellectual cons. Those splits have been steadily widening, and the contempt between the latter two and the first — going both ways — has grown and grown. Then there was a further split between the neocons and the paleocons.

    And now the cultural cons — the largest, most active subgroup in the party — are splitting up into even smaller groups, which also hold each other in contempt.

    (It’s similar to what happened to the Democrats in the 1950s and 60s.)


    The thing this looks exactly like is the history of American Christianity. And, interestingly, the people divvying up the GOP are basically the same people who’ve spent the last 400 years divvying up American Christianity.

    • Terry A. Says:

      I got your Christianity reference, but the Jackie Rogers Junior Hundred-Thousand Dollar Jackpot Wad references were more fun.

      To me.

    • urbino Says:

      Yes, yes. But jb asked.

      For those not old enough or goober enough, we’re talking about this classic bit from SNL. The transcript doesn’t do Christopher Guest justice, but it’s all I could find.

    • urbino Says:

      And while I’m at it, what’s up with NBC? They make everybody take their SNL videos off of YouTube, and then don’t put them up on the SNL site.

      What is it, exactly, they think is being stolen from them when people post videos NBC won’t post, themselves?

  6. jazzbumpa Says:

    Ok Didn’t get that at all. Maybe ‘cuz I grew up Catholic.

    NBC – who knows?


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