Being right would be more fun if thousands of people weren’t dying

and the planet wasn’t going to shit and the anti-sex cretins hadn’t taken over South Dakota.

But there’s a least a grim chuckle in the Nation’s recap of “David Horowitz’s Restoration Weekend, a traditional gathering of the right-wing tribes” by Marc Cooper:

But here’s the serious part: there’s a lot of fear and trembling going on among Republicans. A rich sampler from this weekend’s panel discussions:

Conservative Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake: He pleaded with fellow conservatives to take the high road of liberalized immigration reform in the escalating debate and not go down the immigrant-bashing path. “I encourage Republicans to not repeat what happened in California in 1994,” he said referring to GOP support for Prop 187. “It works for one cycle and then you pay a price for a decade.”

Former Congressman Pat Toomey, current head of The Club for Growth: “We have to acknowledge we have a President who is not popular… The war in Iraq is the 800 lb. gorilla in the room and a major downturn could drown anything we do… We won in 1994 because we promised small government and going into the 2006 elections this is key idea we have abandoned.”

They’ve made this bed, and it’s not so comfortable, I am guessing. However, like I said, I’d be happier about it if it hadn’t come at such a ghastly price.

Hat tip, btw, to Agent Little Bird.

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