John Cole on “Conservatives”:
I am now completely convinced that there is no such thing as â€œconservativeâ€ principles. It is a joke, an empty suit- it means whatever you want it to mean, and right now it means double Gitmo, permanent war, hating on liberals, and tax cuts forever. I guess, in that light, Mitt is the true â€œconservative,â€ as he has shown himself willing to do whatever and pay whatever it takes to win the nomination. I simply can not believe that the folks who cheerleaded the Bush administration and who are not even flinching about the new 700 billion dollar military budget have the balls to pretend to be conservative, but, hey, it is their party. I hope they keep wrecking it.
But when folks say â€œconservative,â€ and they will say it seriously as if it means something, no doubt also invoking the â€œmantle of Reagan,â€ just laugh at them. They might as well be talking about phlogiston. Whatever conservative used to mean, if anything, it no longer does.