"[T]he defining motif of all conservative politics is victimization ..." - Josh Marshall 04/10/05
This wasn't always the case, of course. But now that hardline Christian fundamentalism and the absolutist and defensive mindset of the old Southern Democratic segregationists have become dominant within the Republican Party, this posture of victimization has come to the fore as well.
And Marshall is right. It does define today's Republican Party conservatism.