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Pat Buchanan boo-hoos about the 'death of U.S. conservative movement'


It’s Pat: “Unnamed phonies have infiltrated the movement.”

It’s not possible to generate tears for this guy over this. You do have to admire him for his consistency in the culture wars. All-around bigot, that’s never going to change. Do you hear the world’s tiniest violin playing? Here’s some classic Pat: (WaTimes):

“The conservative movement has passed into history,” says the one-time White House aide, three-time presidential candidate, commentator and magazine publisher. “It doesn’t exist anymore as a unifying force,” he says in an interview with The Washington Times. “There are still a lot of people who are conservative, but the movement is now broken up, crumbled, dismantled.”

…”American culture has become toxic and poisonous,” he says. “Take a look at what Hollywood produces today and what it produced in the 1950s. The alteration is dramatic.”

…”We say we won a great victory by defeating gay marriage in 11 state-ballot referenda in November,” he says. “But I think in the long run, that will be seen as a victory in defense of a citadel that eventually fell….I can’t say we won the cultural war, and it’s more likely we lost it.”

The evidence? He says it was all over the tube, in prime time, at last year’s Republican National Convention, which featured California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Gov. George E. Pataki and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, all social liberals.

“They are indifferent to those moral issues because they see them — and correctly — as no longer popular, no longer the majority positions that they used to be,” he says. “They say, ‘Let’s put those off the table and focus on the issues where we still have a majority — strong national defense and cutting taxes.’ “

…”The conservative movement is in large part a reaction to the social revolution that had been imposed on this country from above, without the consent of the people, by the Supreme Court. “Frankly, you would not have a cultural war in this country if the Supreme Court had said, ‘Look, free speech is one thing, but pornography is not covered by the First Amendment.'”

…”Look, you’re going to have 100 million people of Hispanic, primarily Mexican, descent in the American Southwest by the middle of this century, and I think you are in danger of losing the American Southwest, de facto. I think this country is risking coming apart, like other countries in the world, over issues of language, culture and ethnicity.”

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