At least Ramesh is honest, with somewhat forced cheeriness, in the NYT. Limbaugh’s “state-of-conservatism” piece reads like something an aide to Andropov might have written in the waning years of the Soviet Union. We still get exhausted, dead-as-a-parrot cliches like this one:

The left, on the other hand, sees the courts as the only way to advance their big-government agenda.

How many ways does this sentence not make sense? Limbaugh later details how “the left” is actually divided in a hundred ways. If it is split into warring factions, why is it so monolithic a few paragraphs earlier? And the relationship between the Supreme Court and the expansion of government spending and power is, shall we say, strained. If anything, the Court has been the only brake on the Bush administration’s astonishing expansion of government power. Maybe the memo never made it to Rush, so let’s see if we can get this through to him: it was the “held-in-contempt” Bill Clinton who reduced the size of government; it is your president and the conservative movement that has expanded it at a faster clip than at any time since FDR. That’s not an opinion. It’s what is called a fact. Deal with it. Or you too will never haul yourself out of the past.


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