Is there any public “intellectual” who’s more comically fraudulent than Jonah Goldberg? Well no, but that doesn’t mean I still can’t be amazed by stuff like this NPR interview that General JC Christian dug up:
Jonah Goldberg: The benefit of Bush’s compassionate conservatism [in 2000] was that it was majorly a marketing slogan…
Alex Chadwick: You mean you’re worried Mike Huckabee might actually mean it?
Goldberg: Yes, that’s what I’m terrified of.
This is really Jonah’s worldview in a nutshell: it’s perfectly OK to pay lip service to the mindless, inbred rubes that make up your party’s base as long as you don’t follow through on any of your promises to help the poor goobers out. This dovetails nicely with Jonah’s past praise of elitism in which he wrote that:
[P]opulism is a useful and healthy passion when aimed at the liberal elite. But conservatives can get drunk on it when they proclaim that elites are bad simply because they are elites. Conservatives respect authority — the authority of ideas, traditions, morals, religion, customs, reason, law, excellence and so on. One cannot believe in this kind of authority while having a blanket hostility to elitism in any form.
In other words: it’s cool to rile up the idiot vote by telling them that liberals want to ban Christmas, but helping them pay for their kids’ health care goes way, way over the line. Religion, in Jonah’s world, truly is the Cheetos bag of the masses.