Daily Kos Week in Review: The Ones on the Left Write About the Right

What is conservatism? Who are conservatives? For serious answers, one might consult the work of Russell Kirk, Michael Oakeshott, or Jonathan Haidt. If you seek wacky, borderline-incomprehensible assessments, however, just look below for some of what Kossacks have come up with lately. 

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

LeftHandedMan: Conservatism is like a weed
 
...Conservatism is based on a combination of pure bullshit and bad policy.

There's no small and limited government party in our two-party system, only a lie that there is. Your choices as an American are between good governance and rule by the Koch brothers fiat...

Movement Conservatism is like any hearty weed, you ruin it by attacking it at its roots. This is also a target rich environment for a motivated gardener with weed killer...

johndoe: Conservatives are like mobsters

...The acceptance of the Conservative cabal as a legitimate political entity should be put into mothballs. Conservatives should enjoy no more civil rights that convicted members of any crime syndicate...

niccolo caldararo: Conservatives are like Marxists

...The fact that the Republicans are not concerned with the facts, is much like how Marxists of the Frankfurt School addressed the issue of "facts" and knowledge...Republicans are becoming more like Marxists every day. While the Marxists' state products in the 20th century created dictatorships where a small elite controlled the wealth of communists states, Republicans are creating states where a small minority controls the wealth of capitalist states...
 
LeftHandedMan: Conservatives are like horror-movie villains

...[T]he Movement Conservative Right, free of having to deal with such troublesome matters as "facts" and "math", and aided by a methodically gelded traditional news media, has...benefitted from the Democratic Party being far too nice for its own good...

Movement Conservatism should be as seriously considered as Communism at this point.

Should be, but isn't, and largely because Movement Conservatism keeps its nose clean and its reputation intact even when individual Republicans get the royal shit kicked out of them. Time to take things to another level. Attack Movement Conservatism itself as well as taking it to the latest GOP hack, all the evidence is there that its a great idea...

Attacking Movement Conservatism, and attacking it pointedly as a tried and definitely failed ideology, is fundamentally the key to not only beating Movement Conservatism, but making sure that it stays hobbled and is not quickly coming right back like some political Jason Vorhees or Michael Myers with its always everpresent machete raised...

8ackgr0und N015e: Obama's a strong, determined action hero
 
...In today's over-amped blockbuster movies, the heroes are guys on steroids screaming and yelling and wreaking havoc. But like so much we see in the movies, life just ain't like that. If I had to pick a movie character more accurately in line with the real deal, I would pick Gary  Cooper. In a lot of ways Obama reminds me of Gary Cooper. Watching the president last night [at the debate] clearly displayed iron determination to push back against those who would drag us into darkness. He doesn't have the John Wayne swagger. But that's ok. Everyone knows John Wayne was just pretending to be Ted Williams...

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