Sullivan classifies the forthcoming April 15 pity parties:
As a fiscal conservative who actually believed in those principles when the Republicans were in power, I guess I should be happy at this phenomenon. And I would be if it had any intellectual honesty, any positive proposals, and any recognizable point. What it looks like to me is some kind of amorphous, generalized rage on the part of those who were used to running the country and now don't feel part of the culture at all. But the only word for that is: tantrum.
These are not tea-parties. They are tea-tantrums. And the adolescent, unserious hysteria is a function not of a movement regrouping and refinding itself. It's a function of a movement's intellectual collapse and a party's fast-accelerating nervous breakdown.
Rachel Maddow had almost too much fun with this on her show last night. (For those that don't get the joke, this should help.) Although I laughed with her, I did so hesitantly. This isn't purely folly, adolescent in nature and easily dismissed like so many Republican antics these days. I'm taking these much more seriously than either she or Andrew are.
I'll write more on this next week.