Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
On Saturday, in comments to my post on Additional Thoughts on the Gilded Age, Redhand put up a link to a very interesting story/confessional from a recently retired, and very senior, Congressional Republican staffer. I saw and read the story before Redhand put it into comments, and had been mulling over whether to do a separate post on it for the beginning of the week. The link deserves to be in a post of its own, not in comments, so hat tip and thanks to Redhand for bringing it to everyone at SST's attention.
One of the things I found interesting about the story is where it appeared. I got the link from the Ballon Juice gang, but I think its very important that we take a second and think about where this was published. While I have no major issues with Truthout, let's be honest: its not the NY Times, The Atlantic, Harper's, The New Yorker, or several other very well known pubblications with both online and in-print coverage. While James Fallows at The Atlantic did direct his readers to the piece, I have to agree with Steve M. that because of where this is published, as well as its content, it is very likely to wind up in a sort of main stream news spam filter. Basically, its going to get a lot of play on a place like SST that is concerned with effective and functioning policy and governance (domestic, foreign), a variety of similar sites, and then a range of what is called the leftist, liberal, and/or progressive blogosphere. So moving it up to the front page here, so it gets a bit more wider notice, is I think the right thing to do. Finally, for anyone interested in more information on the GOP as a political/ideological movement in the way that Mr. Lofgren describes, I recommend the Stiftung Leo Strauss website (where someone named Redhand seems to comment...). The proprietor, a beltway insider, does his best to both explain and channel the Straussian/neo-Con ideology and world view that seems to have infested much of today's GOP (he also has at least one COL Lang quote on his random quote generator). He does a very interesting job and here's the link to his posts on what he calls The Movement. I think many here at SST will find them interesting and illuminating.
* Adam L. Silverman is the Culture and Foreign Language Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarilly reflect those of the US Army War College and/or the US Army.