National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, writing for Bloomberg View, responds to President Obama's anticipation of a more rational 113th Congress with his own anticipation of yet more determined entrenchment.
"If Obama wins re-election, the Republican Party will react by moving right, not left," predicts Ponnuru. "It will become less likely to compromise with Obama, not more." Although his qualifier "less likely" posits an impossible, further deterioration of Republican republicanism, Ponnuru's message is received loud and clear: It's always possible for vile fanatics to become even viler.
Ponnuru concludes in a breezy, extortionate bustle:
The choice before [the American] people is looking more and more like one between Romney and a unified Republican government, or Obama and four more years that look a lot like the last two.
At the characteristic core of this far-right conceit there is of course no choice at all. There's only an ultimatum: it's their way, or it's their way. They'll brook no compromise and entertain no association with the impure. They are the pious, the righteously puritanical who shall cast the wicked antinomians out. They are party--pure party. And the most remarkable incongruity in their twisted political theology is that they deem their absolutism as directly descendant from the Founders--the Founders, they who despised party and feared faction more than any other potential threats to enlightened government.
The right's wholesale reinvention of history is more than a convenient tactic. It's an indispensable one. For only a deeply corrupted collective memory can swathe the right's present abominations in some delusional version of a virtuous past.