For all its general uselessness, sometimes Politico lends its ill-gotten credibility to stories that actually matter, to produce stories that even comport with basic notions of journalistic integrity. It’s rare, but it does happen. Today, we finally hear, from a conservative source, this story, one that anyone without blinders would already know:
Until now, the only support for this theory has been – ahem – “common sense.” And the observable fact that the party continues to use incompetent ideologues to squeeze out moderates for the benefit of other incompetent ideologues (NY-23), to its detriment.
But Politico’s inside-line into the Republican Party proves that conservatives are, in fact, actually worried about this — conservatives like Mitt Romney; Tim Pawlenty (“the party needs to be about addition, not subtraction”); Eric Cantor (“we need more voices… we need to attract the middle again”); Bob Michel (“without a good slice of the independents, we are doomed”); and John McCain, to name a few. The consequences of Republicans’ shattered brand, apparently, is beginning to dawn on these men. If for nothing more than their talent at deception, and the American public’s general gullibility, the GOP is entitled to modest gains in 2010 — but because of Beck and co., they may not get it. TV sensations rarely translate to governing coalitions.
Of course, this flirtation with reality didn’t last: Politico went on to undermine its conclusion by reporting as true the discredited idea that the 9/12 movement drew “millions.” Pity those kinds of unsubsubstantiated, impossible exaggerations don’t work on election day.