View Full Version : Even Conservatives Are Bashing Repiglicans

Gayle in MD
07-20-2011, 11:33 AM
<span style="color: #990000">LOL. Great Editorial. </span>

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Conservatives told themselves how steadfast they were being for a few weeks. Then morale crumbled.

This week, Republicans will probably pass a balanced budget Constitutional amendment that has zero chance of becoming law. Then they may end up clinging to a no mŠs Senate compromise. This proposal would pocket cuts that have already been agreed on, and it would eliminate leverage for future cuts and make them less likely.

It could be that this has been a glorious moment in Republican history. It could be that having persuaded independents that they are a prudent party, Republicans will sweep the next election. Controlling the White House and Congress, perhaps they will have the guts to cut Medicare unilaterally, reform the welfare state and herald in an era of conservative greatness.


<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">But itís much more likely that Republicans will come to regret this missed opportunity. So let us pause to identify the people who decided not to seize the chance to usher in the largest cut in the size of government in American history. They fall into a few categories:

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Beltway Bandits. </span>American conservatism now has a rich network of Washington interest groups adept at arousing elderly donors and attracting rich lobbying contracts. For example, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform has been instrumental in every recent G.O.P. setback. He was a Newt Gingrich strategist in the 1990s, a major Jack Abramoff companion in the 2000s and he enforced the no-compromise orthodoxy that binds the party today.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Norquist is the Zelig of Republican catastrophe. His method is always the same. He enforces rigid ultimatums that make governance, or even thinking, impossible. </span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Big Government Blowhards.</span> The talk-radio jocks are not in the business of promoting conservative governance. They are in the business of building an audience by stroking the pleasure centers of their listeners.

They mostly give pseudo Crispinís Day speeches to battalions of the like-minded from the safety of the conservative ghetto. To keep audience share, they need to portray politics as a cataclysmic, Manichaean struggle. A series of compromises that steadily advance conservative aims would muddy their story lines and be death to their ratings.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Show Horses.</span> Republicans now have a group of political celebrities who are marvelously uninterested in actually producing results. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann produce tweets, not laws. They have created a climate in which purity is prized over practicality.

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Permanent Campaigners.</span> For many legislators, the purpose of being in Congress is not to pass laws. Itís to create clear contrasts you can take into the next election campaign. Itís not to take responsibility for the state of the country and make it better. Itís to pass responsibility onto the other party and force them to take as many difficult votes as possible. <span style="color: #990000">Describes all of them. </span>

All of these groups share the same mentality. They do not see politics as the art of the possible. They do not believe in seizing opportunities to make steady, messy progress toward conservative goals. They believe that politics is a cataclysmic struggle. They believe that if they can remain pure in their faith then someday their party will win a total and permanent victory over its foes. They believe they are Gods of the New Dawn


07-20-2011, 11:52 AM
They are the fire-breathing radicals they pretend to oppose, not conservatives as that term has been known, in any respect.

Americans are rightly suspicious of all zealots, and they've now revealed themselves as just that.

Gayle in MD
07-20-2011, 12:03 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">They are the fire-breathing radicals they pretend to oppose, not conservatives as that term has been known, in any respect.

Americans are rightly suspicious of all zealots, and they've now revealed themselves as just that. </div></div>

Yes, and on so many levels!!!

07-20-2011, 04:01 PM
What's hilarious is that the two of you believe that republichickens are actually conservatives.