Harvey Manfield is supposed to be a big conservative cheese in the field of political science, the “most visible conservative intellectual” at Harvard. Turns out he’s just a hack.
‘We have now an American political party and a European one. Not all Americans who vote for the European party want to become Europeans. But it doesn’t matter because that’s what they’re voting for. They’re voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency.”
Having lived in Europe my first three and a half decades, I laughed. What exactly is a “European Party” supposed to be? Golden Dawn? The British Tory Party? The German SPD? Syriza?
There’s no argument there about what exactly constitutes a “European” Party as distinct from an “American” one nor any argument that one US political party has become this nebulous “European”.
In other words, it’s dumb name-calling (“Socialists! Commies!”) dressed up in faux-intellectual clothing, same as the word “radical” used by the folks at Powerline today to describe Obama. Dog whistles for the Mccarthyist Right, many of whom see black helicopters and FEMA re-education camps everywhere.
People, I wish Obama was a democratic socialist. He’s not. On most issues, he’s to the Right of mainstream European conservatives.
As for “voting for dependency, for lack of ambition, and for insolvency”, it’s just another variant on “the 47%” of “takers”, a variant on the notion that Obama bought the election by handing out “gifts” – paired with an utter refusal to admit which party is being so obstructionist as to cause more fiscal problems than doing something would.
In other words, the same bankrupt denialism we’ve seen from most of the rest of the conservative “intellectual” stable. The Republicans need some new intellectuals who are, y’know, intellectual. Oh, and trying to solve problems rather than just use their intellects to spin words in blatant pander to their grumpy-old-white-man base. You know, the people who still think McCarthyism was a good idea.