Interesting post here by Michelle Malkin slamming and sending up Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson’s defense of his political daddy, Karl Rove, who of course is in hot water with the tea party for opposing Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware Senate GOP primary. Rove, Gerson instructs, is an “adult,” while people like the Tea Partiers and Malkin, whom he names, are children.
Malkin puts together a list of Bush and Rove’s conservative apostasies, many presumably inspired by political needs identified by Gerson’s daddy. From her post:
Oh, yes, Mr. Gerson. Yes, please school us more about Rove’s storied accomplishments. We will sit quietly with our hands folded at our desks while you regale us with tales of Master Rove’s “actual” post-election “achievements.”
You know, like the disastrous Medicare prescription drug entitlement expansion that created an unfunded liability of $9.4 trillion over the next 75 years, No Child Left Behind federal education expansion, steel tariffs, ag subsidies, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law and the Bush-Kennedy-McCain illegal alien amnesty attempt.
I would add to this list the “ownership society” that was Bush’s own contribution to Democratic efforts to put people in houses they couldn’t afford and bring about the Great Recession.
In a priceless phrase, she accuses Bush of “pre-socializing the economy for Barack Obama.”
Rove and Gerson were big boosters of the childish term “Compassionate Conservatism,” an attempt to provide Bush with his own sort of Clintonish “Third Way,” “New Democrat” philosophy.
It really caught on – for example, the huge and expanding House Compassionate Conservative Caucus that you find today in Congress.
Yes, that’s a joke.
The term had to come as a shock to at least some conservatives who thought their philosophy was already compassionate and perhaps weren’t keenly aware until Rove, Gerson and Bush told them that moderate Republicans also thought they were a bunch of jerks, which is what’s implied by the phrase.
But conservatives took the insult it because Master Rove wanted it and they wanted power. And they got it – along with the pre-socializing of the economy.