The Return Of Cheneyism, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 30 2012 @ 4:44pm

"Four years ago, the Mitt Romneys of the world nearly destroyed the global economy with their greed, shortsightedness and – most notably – wildly irresponsible use of debt in pursuit of personal profit. The sight was so disgusting that people everywhere were ready to drop an H-bomb on Lower Manhattan and bayonet the survivors. But today that same insane greed ethos, that same belief in the lunatic pursuit of instant borrowed millions – it's dusted itself off, it's had a shave and a shoeshine, and it's back out there running for president," – Matt Taibbi.

More to the point, nine years ago, the Mitt Romneys of the world (including me) nearly destroyed America's fiscal, strategic and moral standing in the world by an ill-conceived war in a Muslim country in the Middle East. And now, Mitt Romney is pledging a full-out war against Iran. They can learn nothing because they are never wrong – and the past is always wiped clean. The GOP has become the nemesis of conservatism: a hermetically sealed ideology that applies the same 1981 solutions whatever the problem, whatever the circumstance, whatever the date. It's a religious movement, not a political party. And it has fused its religious fundamentalism with economic fundamentalism.