“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Observanda: The Implosion Of The Republican Party Continues!

Observanda: The Implosion Of The Republican Party Continues!


  1. There are no more conservative Republicans in the Reagan mold.
    It's now just one big cluster over at the RNC.

  2. Well, Ralph Peters and O'Reilly watch the testimony and came away with a "timetable" to success or withdraw.

    “I would not say we’ve turned the corner,” said Abizaid, who heads U.S. Central Command.

    Asked by Democratic Senator Jack Reed to estimate how much time the U.S. has to curb the violence in Iraq before it becomes uncontrollable, Abizaid said: “Four to six months.”

  3. Tommy Thompson for President?

    Fellow must really be bored.

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  5. Both Romney and Giuliani sense a chance at beating McCain on the right. The mainstream media mistakenly views Giuliani as another centrist, going after the same portion of the GOP electorate that McCain attracts. That's just not correct. Giuliani's strength in Republican polls is with conservatives, or more specifically, with those Republicans who have stayed the most supportive of Bush. The Diageo/Hotline poll showed evidence of this phenomenon last spring.

    What's most fascinating about Giuliani's popularity with the GOP base is that his liberal stances on social issues like gay rights, abortion and guns, run diametric to the conservative rank and file. The media seem to believe these folks don't know Giuliani's stances, but that once they do they'll reject him. I'm hesitant to assume voters don't know these things about him; I think they do but are so consumed with fear for national security that they are willing to give him a pass.

    Giuliani wins this bloc over on rhetoric. He simply speaks to conservatives in a language that McCain doesn't. Maybe it's the "Zig Ziglar" training Giuliani's gotten, but whatever it is, the motivational aspect of Giuliani's speeches seem to touch conservatives in a way that McCain's "Straight Talk Express" doesn't. ..."
    From the National Journal.
    The horse race is on!
    Ride Monkey Ride! Ride Monkey Ride!

  6. Never fear, B-1 Bob is here to run for the top job and end the cancer of homosexuality in the Republican party. The war? The war is...small potatoes.