Party of failure

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Glenn Reynolds is confused over Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers, noting the obvious mutiny among the faithful. Jesse Taylor's take on why the Republican rank-and-file may not be happy mirrors a conversation I had yesterday about the importance of the perpetually unattainable goal to the Republican Party:

"here's an idea -- you haven't gotten anything you've wanted since, what, the mid-80s? (Other than a few tax cuts, mind you.) And yet you continue to fight vehemently, tooth-and-nail, for some of the worst ideas ever conceived by man for the pleasure of lots of money to remain perpetually angry...and you still haven't gotten around to blaming the Republican establishment.
"Reynolds and other Republicans don't seem to understand that they've devoted themselves, body and soul, to a movement that can only continue to exist if it continues to fail. A movement whose entire forward motion is perpetuated by anger can never satisfy. Think of it like the GOP is Gillette -- if Gillette makes a razor blade that never dulls, they put themselves out of business. If the GOP actually accomplishes the agenda they set forth, they not only lose all instutitional support, but the surrounding awfulness would likely turn an intractable majority against them. It's why every Republican campaign, no matter how Republican the state, is always run as if they're just now coming into power. In Ohio, every Republican is gearing up to run as if the problem over the past 12 years was that Republicans weren't in power.
"Long story short, you will never get what you want. You're a party not just obsessed with failure, but mired in it, to the point where it's become the sole defining feature of your ideology. The words wasted over Miers and the hilariously entertaining infighting that has ensued are simply a symptom of a larger sickness - the pathology of victimhood that makes Republicanism what it is is what makes sure that Republicans have to botch their own goals in order to prosper. Reactionaries in power always need something to react to, and if you can't blame Democrats, you have to create your own dissatisfaction.
"Enjoy it, you mighty warriors. Enjoy it.

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