Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Self-Parody Watch....

As a follow-up to my previous post about optimism and lapel flag pins, check out this bizarre post. You know, a lot of great things happened during the Reagan years. But an unfortunate meme that seems to gain traction as time passes is that it was all due to hope and optimism alone. In fact, a lot of serious thinking and hard policy work by some very smart people took place, particularly in the early part of Reagan's first term (which Kudlow knows, obviously). The cult of Reagan that's developed during the past two decades, especially with ruddy-cheeked College Republican types, has served to conflate the policy successes solely with his personal charisma. But steadfastness without intellectual rigor is stubbornness, and principle without policy is incompetence. Does that not describe the past seven years?

Of course Kudlow is what he is, and everybody gets it (and I've heard from people who know him that he's a good guy). But the fact is he's the face of conservatism, particularly fiscal, for a lot of people. And this sort of ostrich/sand routine doesn't do anyone any good right now. 2005 or 2006, maybe. But reality's a bit more manifest these days.

If there are any éminences grises left in the conservative movement, maybe it's time to gently coax Larry into toning down his act a bit, or even suggest that he try something new. How about a ghostwriting gig for an updated version of Think and Grow Rich?


Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

"After-inflation income is rising rapidly. Family wealth is at an all-time high."

When all you see is the top 4%, everyone looks shiny happy.

1/29/2008 1:27 PM  
Blogger DrDave said...

Whether Kudlow is a good guy is immaterial; he has spent the last 7 years as a shill for an incredibly incompetent administration. Rose colored glasses? Intellectual dishonesty? Intoxicated on some of Rush's lost stash? It doesn't matter. The man speaketh horse shit.

1/29/2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What great things happened during the Reagan years? All I remember is that a lot folks in my part of the world struggled to make ends meet. Oh, and we had yearly nuclear warhead drills where we would hide under our desks.

Yeah, the Reagan years were a blast!

1/29/2008 11:50 PM  
Anonymous AnneLaurie said...

What great things happened during the Reagan years? All I remember is that a lot folks in my part of the world struggled to make ends meet...

And let's not forget that AIDS killed a lot of people, promised to go on killing more people, and seemed poised to spread explosively into the general population. But Saint Ronnie's advisors told him it was no big deal, since it didn't seem to be killing anybody they knew *personally*, or at least those among Ronnie's friends who were dying of AIDS (Roy Cohn) had the good taste to pretend it was some other disease entirely (Lee Atwater). Also Ronnie's handlers' sensitive, thoughtful foreign policy, which ranged from cutting a deal with the Iranians not to release American hostages before the election to sponsoring the "contras" in Central America at the cost of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of our tax dollars...

But Ronnie always gave the most tasteful state dinners and Nancy's staff never forgot a thank-you note, so as far as the Permanent DC Media Village is concerned, it was like Camelot, only not so tiresomely intellectual.

1/30/2008 2:01 AM  
Anonymous Gus said...

Hey, a lot of great things happened during the Reagan years. I lost my virginity. The Minutemen released Double Nickels on the Dime, the Twins won the World Series. Yessiree, lots of great things during those years.

1/30/2008 1:16 PM  
Blogger LFC said...

Kudlow has been a cheerleader, not an analyst. That means he is not to be taken seriously. Didn't he say that gold going over $600 would mean trouble? Wasn't oil going to drop? Weren't things going great in Iraq for years? (Thankfully, I think he's at least backed out of commenting on Iraq.)

Larry is Republican first and foremost. Anything he says can be understood if viewed through that filter.

1/30/2008 5:51 PM  

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