When political nihilist Rep. Peter King calls The Freedom Caucus ‘crazies’ and Rep. Amash proclaimes himself, and his forty followers, to be the apostles of Political Reason in the face of the present Political Anarchy: the rules as so elastic as not to exist, except as a means to ‘arm twisting’. We have the rise of a Radical Political Formalism. Not a very astute analysis of the situation, but look upon this struggle for power not as the Formalists against the Pragmatists, but the beginning of the end of the Republican Party: the moderate Eisenhower Republicans were purged from the Party long ago, even Nixon and Reagan look utterly out of place in the Party of 2015.
Sen Lugar the last of the Conservatives who believed and practiced ‘the art of the possible’ was also ignominiously purged. What is left of a once vital Centrist Party with many wings?The Party is in self-destruct mode and who is to stop it? Where are the actual voices of political reason? Certainly not Rep. Paul Ryan, an ineffective economic propagandist, who doesn’t just covet a guarantee of political lockstep but demands it.
P.S. I base my comments on Jake Sherman’s Politico essay. Politico does not have any sort of investment in history, it exists to report on the political present, which precludes any commitment to analysis, or even the use of history to set the present in some comprehensible context: as if the reporter were suspended in that present utterly unaware of the past or at least feigning that a-historical state.