Conservatives gang up on Tea Party favorite as Ruling Class issue rises.
Breathes there a soul who doesn’t love the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal?
Who has not been delighted by National Review and its National Review Online?
Well, yes, actually. Lots of souls, undoubtedly the finest of liberals and left-wingers in America.
So to disagree with our friends at the WSJ or NRO is something we do in this space with some care.
The Journal has lifted the editorial lamp to shine it on Delaware’s Republican Congressman Mike Castle, engaged in what was once thought to be a sure-thing walk-in-the-park primary win in preparation for a sure-thing walk-in-the-park win of Vice President Joe Biden’s old Senate seat. Mr. Castle is a career GOP politician, a liberal Republican as they say in the trade, who has also served as Delaware’s governor, among other political sinecures.
Castle’s problem, much discussed here and lots of places these days, is conservative activist Christine O’Donnell. Willing to nominate her for the Senate when Castle didn’t have the nerve to take on Biden directly (losing is never a winner with some), now that the seat is open she is being given the bum’s rush. In the words of the Journal editorial, O’Donnell is a “two-time loser statewide” and “an itinerant conservative commentator and activist.”
Over at NRO the treatment has been more polite but still the same old, same old.. Estimable conservatives all, NRO’ers Jim Geraghty, Jonah Goldberg, Dan Foster, and Andrew Stuttaford jumped on the Castle bandwagon, taking swings at O’Donnell.
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This week The American Spectator released a small but important book called The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. Written by Angelo Codevilla, it is an expanded version of the essay that ran in the July/August issue of The American Spectator magazine and later online.
The article drew a stunning response when it appeared, with Rush Limbaugh not only devoting all three hours of his show to the article but now contributing an introduction to the book.
What does Codevilla’s book have to do with the Castle-O’Donnell fight and our friends at the WSJ and NRO? Uncomfortably, I think, plenty.
Says Codevilla: “… in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class.”
A class that Codevilla dubs “The Ruling Class” — as opposed to its opposite — “The Country Class,” a decidedly heterogeneous class, in fact the bulk of America, that “defines itself practically in terms of reflexive reaction against the rulers’ defining ideas and proclivities — e.g., ever higher taxes and expanding government, subsidizing political favorites, social engineering, approval of abortion, etc.” There’s much, much more in this new book, but you get the point.
But here’s the key Codevilla point that is relevant to the WJS and NRO in terms of the Castle-O’Donnell race:
Like a fraternity, this class requires above all comity — being in with the right people, giving the required signs that one is on the right side, and joining in and despising the Outs.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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