Just two days before announcing he was “resigning” as the owner of RMG, Patrick responded to a question I asked about who were the “up and comers” in the Libertarian movement by writing
There isn’t any sign that the conservative movement wants to do anything other than wallow in ignorance, and that absolutely benefits (Palin).
Patrick hyperlinked “wallow in ignorance” and when you clicked on it, you come to the RMG homepage. Not very subtle. Now maybe Patrick made a mistake and did not mean to link to the very site he founded. Maybe, but I doubt it. (NOTE: Patrick says in the comments that he did, indeed, make a mistake. -David) In a comment he made in an Oct 26th diary I wrote about how much “whacko fringe posts” were being posted at RMG during the election, Patrick agreed, writing…
I’m in agreement. All the conspiracy stuff doesn’t interest me at all. But like you said, RMG is a microcosm of the right at large. This is, sadly, what the right is consumed with at the moment. Even National Review is getting in on it!
I’d love to do something, but I don’t think there is much that can be done besides watch. The McCain people at this stage in the game aren’t in a state of mind where they are open to discussing things rationally. I suspect that on Nov 5th many of the McCain supporters here will be suffering from massive hangovers, not only from drinking too much the night before but also from the past month of binge conspiramongering.
So whatever motivated Patrick to resigning, it is clear that RedMassGroup is a macrocosm of the current state of the Conservative movement: Complete ideological disarray, with SocialCons claiming the Republican Party must emphasis “family values”; traditionalist who think they can refurbish the “fiscal conservative” brand that has been completely destroyed by W and his Republican Congressional lackeys and the Ron Paul followers who endorse an economic and foreign policy platform that was embraced by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Watching how well Obama does in the next four (to eight) years will be interesting. But the real entertainment looks like it will be in the Republican Party.