Bill Kristol, always one to double-down on a mistake rather than concede an inch, now says that Sarah Palin is the next FDR. The resurrection of Franklin Roosevelt is, no doubt, indicative of the sort of conservative revival Robert Stacy McCain had in mind when he announced the creation of the “Sarah Party” a week ago. I imagine it requires a fairly extraordinary commitment to maintaining cognitive dissonance to hate elite putatively conservative putative intellectuals — and indeed, education itself — as much as The Other McCain does while simultaneously proclaiming unconditional fealty to Governor Palin, the reductio ad absurdum of some of those intellectuals’ efforts to manipulate the conservative base to advance their foreign policy agenda, to be a necessary condition for membership in the Republican party.
In any event, the unharmonic convergence of the Weekly Standard, Commentary (witness Abe Greenwald put his Jewish hand on his Jewish heart and pledge allegiance to politics as a continuation of Pentecostalism by other means), and The American Spectator on Palin-worship is an unmistakeable sign that it’s time to dissolve the Republican party and begin a new one. If for no other reason than that the only hope of avoiding the Great Society 2.0 if that’s what Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi decide that’s what they want, is a conservative party capable of attracting more than 25 percent of the vote.