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I think that Paul’s post — which Rob references below — actually leaves out my favorite part of the linked Politico article. This is some classic comedy:

Palin’s politics of grievance and group identity, according to these critics, is a betrayal of conservative principles.

This is like saying that “George W. Bush’s deficit-expanding upper-class tax cuts are a betrayal of Republican principles” or “Parents Involved represented a betrayal of the conservative tradition of judicial restraint reflected by Bush v. Gore.” Grievance and identity politics define modern Republicanism; it’s just that the resentments are expressed on behalf of the powerful and/or overrepresented rather than the weak.

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  • Joe

    Palin rankles because she is their party in pure form. Or close enough to hurt.

    http://www.amconmag.com/larison/2011/03/14/palin-and-the-party-of-ideas/

    • Incontinentia Buttocks

      I actually think she rankles because, unlike some other GOP frontmen like Quayle and Dubya, she’s not willing to just shut up and take orders from the party’s Kristols and Roves.

      • Joe

        Can be both, depending on who is upset.

  • c u n d gulag

    Oh she was ‘all that’ just a little while ago.

    But, her looks are starting to fade, and maybe her voice is starting to grate on even them, and I think Michele Bachmann is now the one giving the boys on the Conservative side their star-bursts.

    Plus, Sarah’s positives with their their basest of the base are still big, but her negatives with the non brown-shirts are spiking up, which means she may be able to win the Repbulican nomination, but only draw about 27-35% of the vote nationwide – unless they can figure out how to disenfranchise EVERY Democratic and Independent voter – and believe me, they’ll try, oh brother, how they’ll try!

  • It appears now, however, that the conservative politics of middle-class cultural resentment may have finally reached its point of rapidly diminishing returns, starved slowly by a lack of external nourishment… Even if we are still living in Nixonland, the landscape is less perilous…

    Moreover, there are signs that the progressive opposition to Nixon-Bush politics is finally getting its act together.

    Sadly, as they say, no, Mr. Kilgore. Ah, how optimistic we all were in the late summer of 2008.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Yeah, the rest of the review was good but I’m guessing that Ed would take that back.

    • wengler

      Hard times makes irrational people even less rational. I can be King of the dirt pile and all that.

    • mpowell

      This is a little unfair to the optimists. Not that I expect much from the Democratic party, but I think they may have a substantial national advantage in the near and mid term future. Just look at how badly recently elected state legislators and governors are fairing in centrist states.

      The problem, which was widely noted at the time, was that the Democratic resurgence was happening too soon relative to the economic collapse. If it had happened in 2006 and the economy had somewhat recovered, 2010 would be a lot different. And I think the Democrats will do pretty well in 2012 because even though our economy is starting to substantially suffer from it’s severe long term defects, there will be enough of a recovery in 2012 that voters will not be in a ‘blame the current ruling party’ mode and we will see that the natural balance of voters has shifted in favor of the Democrats.

      • wengler

        The Democratic Party might make a good center-right party, but as a savior of the US they will not succeed.

        The problem with this country is that too many people are batshit insane. They don’t make decisions based on evidence nor do they respect evidence when presented to them. Most importantly, the elites that control the decision-making process both encourage and engage in the same sort of fantasy-based arguments as the middle-class and poverty-stricken insane.

        This country needs nothing less than a revolution of sanity.

  • Hogan

    Grievance and identity politics: really more of a brand than a principle.

  • Matt

    Palin’s politics of grievance and group identity, according to these critics, is a betrayal of conservative principles.

    This is really just the wingnut version of the old “No True Scotsman” routine; we see it trotted out every time some wacko huffs enough Glenn Beck fumes to go out and do something stoopid.

    • bh

      Right, and ‘a conservative, not a Republican’ for when your party gets killed in elections.

    • wengler

      Note that those ‘conservative principles’ are not named.

      • rea

        “conservative principles” are the kind that earn interest.

  • joe from Lowell

    Obama in 2008. Kerry in 2004. Gore in 2000. Hillary and Bill Clinton straight through from 1992 through 2000. Mike Dukakis in 1988. Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter.

    Is there a single presidential race in the last generation or so in which the Republican messagewasn’t based on white backlash/Real America identity politics?

    • rea

      None since 1964, which by some strange coincidence was the year the Civil Rights Act passed.

      • IM

        A tale of two Nixons:
        Nixon 1960 did put up a serious fight for the black vote

        Nixon in 1968…

      • joe from Lowell

        I’m too young to remember, but what about Ford in ’76?

  • Antonio Conselheiro

    The politics of grievance, victimization, and group identity was what motivated the rmed gangs which imposed white supremacy in the South around 1900. They were fighting a defensive battle against Negro Supremacy.

    Definition of “Negro Supremacy”: if any black man had power over, or was wealthier, than any white man anywhere in the eleven states of the Confederacy. (We won’t even talk about white women here; we might get lynched).

  • Tom M

    it’s just that the resentments are expressed on behalf of the powerful and/or overrepresented… whose leaders like to get the littlest among them to believe they too can be powerful and overrepresented.
    Works every time.

  • losgatosca

    If it weren’t for the politics of grievance and group identity, Republicans would have no politics at all. And there well of resentment is a renewable resource, virtually a perpetual motion machine. It’s the glue that holds them together.

    Put 10 Republicans in a room and the wallowing in self-pity is what the group bonds them even though there is likely to be 10 different motivations.

    – they are taxing/stealing my money
    – they want to confiscate/steal my gun
    – they’ve stolen my rights to be politically incorrect/act like an ignorant bigot
    – they’re making me vote/shop/go to church/live near people who have different skin/weird names/don’t vote Republican
    – they’re using math / science / facts to purposely confuse the issue
    – they’re ruining my day and life by tolerating gays
    – they are gay / poor / handicapped / brown / single and pregnant / having an abortion / sick but they won’t just go away to an ice floe
    – they don’t realize that the Old Testament god has empowered us to wreak his vengeance on anyone we don’t think is worthy
    – 99% of money stolen thru taxes goes to foreign aid and only 1% goes to the military who should get 99% of the money and bombing those countries instead

    Their policies are incoherent to the folks that don’t see that the shared thread is the ‘pain’ they feel collectively not the solutions they individually believe in.

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