Times columnist David Brooks would like to distance the conservative movement from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and all the other “not true Republicans” out there. His simplistic tactic is to claim that Beck and Limbaugh haven’t won the GOP any elections. If elected positions were the only important facts in a democracy, he might have a point. But Beck, Limbaugh, and their allies don’t care about elections. They represent a fundamentally anti-democratic philosophy of “if you can’t get there democratically, do it the other way.”
What are these “other ways”?
- Women have apparently screwed up democracy for the rest of us (that is, the rest of us with phalluses), and if we could just fix the whole suffrage problem we wouldn’t have these pesky Democratic wins.
- Elections not being what they once were (Republican), it’s time for the military to correct our “mistakes” and install a junta in Washington. I shit you not.
- Encouraging the idea that the elected leadership of this country is some sort of fascist coup
- Continuing to de-legitimize the democratically-elected leadership via smears—if “fascist” doesn’t stick, try “communist”.
- Deny the real history of fascism to help bolster claims that the current democratically-elected administration is really a bunch of fascist/communist pretenders.
What Brooks probably understands but wants to deny is that the far right loudmouths aren’t trying to win elections—they are trying to subvert them. And in this, they are succeeding.