This week, 151 House Republicans voted to allow income taxes to increase on all Americans if taxes increased for the most wealthy. Only 85 Republican members voted to reinstate tax cuts for 98 percent of us.
John Podhoretz discusses the Republican Party’s biggest problem — the congressional members who represent rightwing fringe voters and the chaos they all seem to crave:
The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics.
But in the realm of philosophy, “conservatism” from Thomas Hobbes onward is a worldview dedicated to order and tradition and the proposition that disorder is dangerous and deadly.
Thus, it is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace chaos instead of order. It is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace crisis rather than accept unpleasant realities.
And yet, over the past week, that is exactly what many conservatives have done. They have violated fundamental conservative precepts.
[...] you’d think, from the conduct and rhetoric of many conservatives in the House and outside the House and Senate, that Boehner and McConnell had “caved” willingly.
No, they caved because they had no choice.
What they did was what leaders do — or rather, what leaders of those who are in a losing position do. The best they could.
The problem is that conservatives seem to think there were other choices, other ways, other possibilities — when all those choices, ways and possibilities had been exhausted.
And so many of them are literally embracing chaos. Though they oppose raising taxes, by voting against the tax bill on Tuesday night they effectively voted to raise taxes on 98 percent of Americans.
[...] This is how people who are more comfortable on the margins than in the middle of things behave. This is cannibalism, not political combat. This is unreason, not reason. This is temper, not temperament.
This is anarchism, not conservatism.
Before we weep with John Boehner over the GOP’s anarchist fringe and what looks like a Republican Party civil war, let’s remember that the mainstream Republican leadership catered to / kissed the ass of these people for two years. They did so in hopes of making Obama a “one-term president.” That plan didn’t work, at all, and now the mainstream is stuck with these clowns for at least another two years, if not longer. But the worst part is, so are we.