Joe McCarthy Would Be So Proud of Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly
Reported by Melanie - November 30, 2008 -
A very interesting op-ed by Neal Gabler appeared in the Los Angeles Times today (November 30, 2008): The GOP's McCarthy Gene.
Gabler (among other things) is a panelist on Fox's alleged media watchdog show, "Fox News Watch."
But there is another rendition of the story of modern conservatism, one that doesn't begin with Goldwater and doesn't celebrate his libertarian orientation. It is a less heroic story, and one that may go a much longer way toward really explaining the Republican Party's past electoral fortunes and its future. In this tale, the real father of modern Republicanism is Sen. Joe McCarthy, and the line doesn't run from Goldwater to Reagan to George W. Bush; it runs from McCarthy to Nixon to Bush and possibly now to Sarah Palin.[...]The party belongs to McCarthy and his heirs -- Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Palin.
Comment: If you have the time, take the time to read the article. This line about a "compassionate conservative" GOP transitioning from Goldwater to Reagan to W. is nonsense. It embraced ruthlessness in the 50's and transitioned from McCarthy to Nixon to W. and the tactics used by Hannity and O'Reilly (and Rove and McCain and Palin and oh yeah, the likes of Saxby Chambliss) are its hallmark.