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  •  Conservatives realized after their failure (8+ / 0-)

    to win over enough Americans during their initial Bircher/Goldwater phase in the 50's and 60's that they needed to come up with a more conventional and respectable, even intellectual, and less radical and scary-seeming image, to appeal to a broader range of Americans. What they did was to pick smooth-talking and serious-seeming avuncular con artists to represent them, from "jes' folks" fake populists like Reagan and Bush to appeal to the masses, to fake (if clever) intellectuals like George Will and Antonin Scalia to give them a polished "serious thinkers" outward image (while retaining and recruiting "red meat" flamethrowers like Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh to satisfy their crazyass racist base). It was all part of the massive makeover that the conservative movement and GOP went through in the 70's-80's to sell itself to voters.

    Guess what? It worked.

    Guess what else? It's backfiring, as it was bound to.

    Karma you bitch--you go girl!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 09:08:09 AM PDT

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