You really have to marvel at the way the GOP have decided to pull out all the stops and go Hell for broke into political irrelevancy. It was bad enough watching conservative CNBC commentator Rick Santellli telling struggling homeowners (or in his parlance "losers") to just go f*ck themselves while a crowd of Chicago mercantile exchange brokers, fat from the recent $700 billion Federal financial industry bailout, cheered in the background. But to have this guy's throughts seconded by conservative commentators who'd actually had time to read, digest and mull over the execrable essence and reprehensible hipocrisy of Santelli's rant was just astonishing. Perhaps conservatives are still wandering around in a fog after the thorough whopping they got in November, but their loss of political clout seems to have left them tin eared and politically blind. As the Columbia Journalism Review noted in commenting on Santelli's deranged Phillipic:
...there’s this startling bit from his rant from the trading floor:And now we have word that the National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez is going gaga over the thought of a Sara Palin/Rick Santelli presidential ticket in 2012. It's almsot as insane as South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford threatening to turn down Federal stimulus money in a state that's .5% away from double digit unemployment.SANTELLI: These guys are pretty straightforward and my guess is a pretty good statistical cross-section of America—the silent majority.
If you think the makeup of the trading floor is representative of America, you’re just delusional. But a country of financial-services professionals does fit CNBC’s worldview.
These people are living in a fantasy world if they think their ideas appeal to anyone other than a hardcore base of survivalist nutjobs handling snakes at a backwater revival, watching the world collapse around them with glee, secure in the knowledge that our travails are a sign that the Second Coming is nigh. Really, these crazies make G. W. Bush's fabled bubble-habitat seem positively cosmopolitan in contrast. Marie Antoinette was guillotined for less.