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Crazy-ass, bug-eyed, screaming imbeciles, drunk with hate and high on anger are always with us, on both fringes. The terrible failure of conservative leadership today is their refusal to repudiate those foaming fanatics in the harshest, clearest words possible.

Conservatism is a serious intellectual project. It has a long, proud history of standing foursquare against the rule of the mob. There is only one moral response a true conservative can have, when confronted with ignorance, hatred and lies, lies, lies about the duly elected President of the United States of America: "We renounce you, root and branch."

But they don't because it feels too good. The hatred is "energizing the base," it's "firing up the party," it's "bringing us back."

No, it's not. It's killing you. And it will keep killing you until you decide you don't want Obama to fail more than you want America to succeed.

For just a few moments of bitter joy, the Republican party is murdering itself. Those screaming crowds, the frightened Democrats, the rising ratings of right-wing radio ranters, Obama's slipping poll numbers! It's such a rush! We can't stop, it feels too good!

But it's not good, my conservative friends, it's death. What you are feeling is the fatal bliss of autoerotic asphyxiation.

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Archie, you are correct, the Republican Party has ... by M. Bennett on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 2:36:13 PM
of deficits says it all! Very good.... by Archie on Saturday, Aug 8, 2009 at 9:44:30 PM
like bad weather they will always be with us in sp... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 at 9:10:04 PM
Town Hall participants should be checked at the d... by Jason Paz on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 3:52:07 AM
The brouhaha at the town meetings reminds me of a ... by Perry Logan on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 6:05:23 AM
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are excellent, Allan. Perhaps others are like me -... by JimZ on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 1:59:08 PM
Not one of you seems to get it. The anger displaye... by Brad Griffeth on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 3:51:45 PM
The only real agenda of the Republican party is to... by Simple Truth on Friday, Aug 7, 2009 at 4:44:09 PM
to the impact of your article. I always like to re... by Margaret Bassett on Sunday, Aug 9, 2009 at 1:20:18 PM