It was 46 years ago this month that the then-reigning queen of GOP conservatives delivered a seconding speech to Barry Goldwater’s nomination for president. To measure the downward trajectory of Republican conservatism since that time, all we have to do is compare the woman who fills that role today to Barry’s seconder, Clare Boothe Luce — congresswoman (Conn.), playwright (“The Women”), editor (Vanity Fair), ambassador to Italy. A woman best described by her biographer as “brilliant, idealistic, tough as a Marine sergeant but almost quixotically kind to unfortunates; the complexities of her character are as numerous as the facets of her career.”
Any difference between that and the reigning queen of Republican conservativism, 2010? You betcha!