In the post preceding this one, I wrote about the political conservatism that I recognized from my Political Science and History studies over the years. I thought that the type of conservatism described by Andrew Sullivan and Fareed Zakaria could be persuasive to a larger, and possibly more diverse, constituency than it currently enjoys. Even I appreciated some of the ideas expressed in their descriptions.
Now, one of my favorite writers, Matt Taibbi, has written about Rep. Michele Bachmann, and he explains why she needs to be taken seriously (something with which I firmly agree). As I read Taibbi's article, I was reminded of the type of "conservatism" I find repugnant, and Bachmann (as well as Sarah Palin) is a perfect personification of this "conservatism."
Please read the article. Taibbi's closing sentences are particularly illuminating, and sadly, I think he hits the nail right on the head.