I have been trying to figure out how the current crop of conservatives — people such as GOP Sens. DeMint, Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.), and Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.) and Michele Bachmann (Minn.) — differ from the earlier version, which included Weyrich and elected officials such as Sens. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Bill Armstrong (R-Colo.), Steve Symms (R-Idaho) and Don Nickles (R-Okla.).
I’ve finally concluded that the difference really isn’t in their agendas, values or goals. It isn’t their attitudes toward government or the Constitution. Both the old and new New Right generally have the same views on legal abortion, taxes, government spending, government bureaucrats and regulations. The difference is in how they view the political process — nothing more and nothing less. But it turns out to be a significant difference. …
“Paul used to say, ‘We’ll get what we can get and then try to come back for more later.’ He understood that you can’t get everything you want all at once. Conservatives today don’t care about short-term, incremental gains. In fact, you get the impression that they prefer total paralysis. They don’t worry about creating chaos.”
Full article available here: http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_145/Different_About_the_New_New_Right-215042-1.html
It’s much the same argument as made by Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann, in a book I reviewed previously.