But today he delivers a shocking blow to one part of the party:
Op-Ed Columnist - Revolt of the Nihilists - David Brooks - NYTimes.com:When the mouthpiece of the party establishment writes this, something is afoot.
... Pelosi’s fiery speech at the crucial moment didn’t actually kill this bill..
...House Republicans led the way and will get most of the blame. It has been interesting to watch them on their single-minded mission to destroy the Republican Party.
Something potentially positive.
We need a healthy GOP. We need a party that represents business, that represents people who dislike change, and that represents the wealthy. If wealthy people don't get "extra votes", they'll destroy democracy (the flip side of the fear that the poor will vote themselves endless benefits -- both have a point).
We need a party that represents "traditional values" -- like integrity, honest accounting, accountability, contracts, and military ethos -- including responsibility to enemy combatants.
Clearly today's GOP does none of these. They don't even represent the long term interests of the wealthy, because they're destroying the foundations of future security and wealth.
Could there be a group of internal GOP reformers who, at this point, want the party to crash and burn? They may know that only a devastating loss will build the foundations for political recovery and renaissance.
If that group exists, it will be interesting to see if Brooks begins to channel their agenda.