Conservative Andrew Sullivan today contemplates a Republican Party that is not being replenished and rejuvenated by enough young and serious intellectuals. Sullivan thinks that most smart public policy people are overwhelmingly moving into the Democratic camp, and that there’s a real and growing intellectual gap in the making between the two parties:
I think it’s real. It’s never been that easy being an intellectual on the right. I spent most of my college and grad school years in mortal combat. But the degeneracy of the Republican party today makes every thinking person I know wince. It doesn’t debunk conservative ideas about the failures of government solutions, the wisdom of markets, the necessity for sound money and balanced budgets, or the need for prudence in foreign policy. But the association with these debt-ridden, torture-loving, big government authoritarians is awful. And people are only human. What serious thinker wants to support the party of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck?
Notice that Sullivan does not shy away from accurately identifying the Republican Party leadership. He calls them “authoritarians,” which, by any reasonable definition of the term, they are.
Here’s Lindsey Graham in creepy-calm, yet high authoritarian, mode (see the 2:40 point in the below video). In defense of torture, Republican Graham states, with approval, that the techniques of the Inquisition have been used over the past 500 years because, well, they work!:
Who can argue with success? I mean, what’s not to like?