We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ New Ideas

After some relatively happy thoughts about the direction of things on one subject even within today’s conservative movement and Republican Party, I have to say things look pretty different at CPAC, where the openness to the future was perhaps best expressed by one of yesterday’s rockstar speakers, Sen. Marco Rubio:

“As soon as I’m done speaking, I’ll tell you what the criticism on the left is going to be,” Rubio said. “Number one, he drank too much water [yuk yuk]. Number two: that he didn’t offer any new ideas.

“And there’s the fallacy of it. We don’t need a new idea. There is an idea: the idea is called America, and it still works.”

And the crowd went nuts.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.