Sunday, February 12, 2006

Authoritarian Cultists

Your modern conservative movement.

...just adding a couple of things. First, this, which Glenn links to but really makes the point perfectly:

Barr answered in the affirmative. "Do we truly remain a society that believes that . . . every president must abide by the law of this country?" he posed. "I, as a conservative, say yes. I hope you as conservatives say yes."

But nobody said anything in the deathly quiet audience. Barr merited only polite applause when he finished, and one man, Richard Sorcinelli, booed him loudly. "I can't believe I'm in a conservative hall listening to him say [Bush] is off course trying to defend the United States," Sorcinelli fumed.

Second, there's an additional point which isn't made enough. As David Brock especially made clear in the Republican Noise Machine, the problem with Fox News specifically and the conservative press generally isn't that they're conservative, it's that they're Republican in a way which has no counterpart anywhere else in the media. And in today's world Republicanism is simply Bushism.