(Gerson [with the weird hairdo] with fun people Dan Bartlett, Condi, and some other guy, 01-20-04, AP Photo)
Michael "Axis of Evil™" Gerson typifies the Bush-era Christian Republican set; that's why he has a column in the Washington Post, after all. To his credit, he's one of the few Bushies to take on the Tea Party types. He knows they make run-of-the-mill hacks like him an endangered species: so insidery, so "establishment," so "Washington" (EW, EW!!). I have to admit I really enjoyed the following paragraph about Sharron Angle from his latest column:
But mainstream conservatives have been strangely disoriented by Tea Party excess, unable to distinguish the injudicious from the outrageous. Some rose to Angle's defense or attacked her critics. Just to be clear: A Republican Senate candidate has identified the United States Congress with tyranny and contemplated the recourse to political violence. This is disqualifying for public office. It lacks, of course, the seriousness of genuine sedition. It is the conservative equivalent of the Che Guevara T-shirt -- a fashion, a gesture, a toying with ideas the wearer only dimly comprehends. The rhetoric of "Second Amendment remedies" is a light-weight Lexington, a cut-rate Concord. It is so far from the moral weightiness of the Founders that it mocks their memory.
Haw, good stuff! He then goes on to bash Rand Paul, so, you know, give the guy a little credit for taking the Tea Party angerbots head-on. Yes, yes, it's Gerson, an idiot, but you have to admit he nailed it with that "Che Guevara T-shirt" line.