The Republican Glasnost? by Political Cynic

One can start with this ludicrously inflated title that Mr. Brooks tacks on to this self-serving essay about the argued Republican reappraisal,as it continues after the defeat of 2012. The Cold War Liberals and Conservatives thought that the very idea of Glasnost and/or Perestroika  were utterly impossible. The notion that internal reform was even thinkable within the Soviet political system was never considered by the Kremlinologist of yesteryear. Yet it happened under Gorbachev. That Mr. Brooks should find this term useful, demonstrates that he wishes to place the Republican reappraisal of 2012 in world-historical terms, the possibility of the impossible i.e. an end to the political nihilism and plutocratic obsessions of the Republican Party, in the persons of Marco Rubio and a more politically moderate Paul Ryan.This reeks of  the opportunism of a party hack: history accelerated to suit the needs of political expediency. Mr. Brooks, of course, solemnly admonishes the Republicans that failure to 'reform' will lead to political irrelevance. Mr. Brooks favors the role of the stern, unyielding prophet.
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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
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