Posted by Adam @ 3:59 pm on April 28th 2007

Buckley on Iraq and the GOP

Where does the internet end and Andrew Sullivan begin? He seems to live on the net. Anyhow, he promptly links this article by William Buckley, positing that Iraq might take down the GOP, a little over an hour after it was posted, while the rest of us were out shopping or doing whatever it is that normal people do on Saturday.

After speaking somewhat approvingly, as many of us do, of General Petraeus, Buckley ends:

The general makes it a point to steer away from the political implications of the struggle, but this cannot be done in the wider arena. There are grounds for wondering whether the Republican party will survive this dilemma.

I sort of feel that if he found himself in the mainstream, Buckley would say something to get himself excluded (or maybe that’s me) but I do think that he’s picking out a real danger, that Iraq won’t merely be a vote-costing unpopular policy but will, in fact, be an agent of severe lasting structural damage to the Republican party. They’re spending like drunks, their ‘small government’ credentials are largely gone and many of them look more corrupt than the Democrats they displaced; being at war might be the only thing holding the boat together and if the war doesn’t suffuse them with a victorious glow, they could be going down*. Karl Rove might have helped steer the country towards a permanent Republican minority and that’s not good; firstly because I’m a conservative and a coherent Republican party is the best chance of conservatism having a seat at the Table of Government and, secondly, because the implosion of one party, whilst benefiting other parties, doesn’t do the country any good. Handing electoral victory to one side makes that victory too cheap, requiring of the victorious too little accomodation to the actual desires of the electorate because there was no real choice offered. I am not sure that the best bet for the GOP is to hand on and hope that the electorate is going to come back around to them.

I, for one, don’t welcome our New Democrat Overlords. They’ll pry the badly-chosen, overused and overstretched metaphors from my cold, dead hands.

*I believe that here I am supposed to make a comparison to some famously fragile boxer, or possibly a Duchess of Drury-Lane.


  1. Lew Rockwell has been kicking my ass lately.

    A Tom Tomorrow comic he flagged.

    Comment by Brad — 4/28/2007 @ 10:15 pm

  2. If those are true, that’s pretty hilarious. Why are people so eager to declare success before it’s achieved?

    Comment by Adam — 4/29/2007 @ 7:39 am

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