Where are the sane conservatives? Wouldn't it be nice if we could wake up one morning and all the loonies were gone? No more Beck, no more Limbaugh, no more Palin, no more Levin, or Hannity, or Coulter. Instead of fear, hatred and bigotry we could have a genuine discussion on actual policy. Seems worth praying for, don't you think?
Of course I could say this prayer over and over ad infinitum and it would still be futile. The simple truth is that insanity and the Right have entered into a mutually exclusive contract with each other, and it doesn’t look like they are going to part ways any time soon. So it seems we – and by that I mean the nation – are stuck with them for the foreseeable future.
But, to get back to that famous Beach Boys’ song, wouldn’t it be nice if some sane voices could somehow seep into the cesspool of rhetoric that is the Right and disinfect it in some small way. Not much, but maybe just enough to offer up some hope that not everybody right of center is an escapee of a lunatic asylum.
There are a few voices out there that once in a while offer up some cogent and salient tidbits to what generally passes for discussion these days, and while I am not intimating an agreement with their points, I would be remiss if I did not at least grudgingly tip my hat to them and say, bring it on.
People like David Frum, for example. Frum, a former speechwriter for the Bush White House and editorial editor for The Wall Street Journal, was ceremoniously booted from the American Enterprise Institute for criticizing the GOP strategy of refusing to negotiate with President Obama and congressional Democrats on health care reform, saying that it had resulted in the Republicans’ “most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.”