I don’t remember who it was – David Frum, perhaps? David Brooks? – but someone not long ago said that American conservatives should be more like the British Tories.
Really? You mean like David Cameron, British PM? As far as I’m concerned, he has already been weighed and found wanting with his idiotic pronouncements on Gaza (apparently the world’s first prison camp with a shopping mall).
The Tory brand seems to have suffered a considerable decline since the Thatcher years. There may be an object lesson in here somewhere for the Republican Party: if you’re nothing but Non-Democrats – or worse, a cheap Democrat substitute – then you’ll never be anything but a kind of rebound date for voters who occasionally have a spat with the majority party, but nonetheless consider it as their main squeeze, always one step away from hugs, tears and reconciliation. Get on board with your idea guys – people like Paul Ryan – and let’s start winning some hearts and minds, let’s get the peaceful revolution underway (‘cause there’s gonna be a revolution, peaceful or otherwise).