The right blogosphere is delirious with joy and relief, for Paul Ryan is One of Them, a Tea Partier with a copy of Atlas Shrugs under his pillow who practices a rigid form of Catholicism that was all the rage in the 14th century, before the Renaissance got into swing. Ryan doesn't have the sex appeal of Sarah Palin, unless you get a hard-on for a human pencil, but his nomination is a similar sop to the conservative base, whose ideological purity tests get more and more fanatical with each purge cycle. The problem with appeasing the base, as McCain found, was that it costs you moderates and independents makes it nigh on impossible to move toward the middle after the convention.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Few could say it with the singular flair of Vanity Fair's James Wolcott:
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto