In the final chapters of “Lewis Carroll’s” (Charles Dodgson’s) 1865 Classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Alice (in her dream) attends a bizarre trial. The conduct of the proceedings by the “judge” (The King of Hearts), the testimony of the witnesses, and the whimsical mindlessness of the jurors merge in a disjointed hilarity that seems a little too familiar.
Coming to a verdict in Wonderland at one point involves writing down a series of dates from an appointment calendar, adding their numbers and reducing the sum to currency. At another, it involves deciding whether lack of evidence is “important” or “unimportant” based on which of those words sounds better in a sentence.
All of the major players in the scene have incompatible ideas of what is actually taking place, different criteria for making decisions, and absolutely no ability to understand what any of the other characters is thinking, saying or doing or why they are thinking, saying or doing it. Alice, on the verge of waking up, finally says, “You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”
In other words, it is a perfect picture of the 2008 Republican Nomination contest.
Who are the players in our surrealistic drama?
The Mainstream Media, it is clear, has had a lot of fun acting as arbiters of the process for the Party they hate, with an obvious, single objective: to reduce the field of those competing to only candidates who have absolutely no real intention of returning to the Reaganesque agenda of shrinking government to Constitutional limits.
They have a lot of help:
Groups thought to be charter members of that old Reagan coalition, having drifted apart over the course of our decade of philosophical famine, have each come forward to push candidates unacceptable to other members. Continue reading