Is it possible the reason George Soros was able to spread copious amounts of cash around to attract all the loony leaning left because the Left did not have a working talk radio machine?
Listening to Rush today as he proudly stated that he was a conservative over a Republican I realized we’re in bad shape. I’m not worried about Rush Limbaugh. When all is said and done, he votes Republican. He’s not the real problem, not really.
The real problem are the pointy-headed listeners of Rush, Sean, Laura, etc. who do not realize they are dealing with opinion of well-read pundits who are doing a job. They make their considerable fortunes doing talk radio and being conservative.
There is nothing wrong with them doing so, but somehow we need to get through to the 34% of “voters” who consider themselves conservative.
We need to make the 20% of those voters who cannot be depended upon to vote GOP realize we must stand together.
Then we need to take those pointy-headed conservatives who are 14% of the voters and somehow make them realize they are not the BASE. They are part of the whole, but they are not the be all and end all.
My greatest criticism of “movement” conservatives is the fact that they consider themselves the “base” of the GOP. In many ways they are, BUT – they have a tendency to forget that conservatives as a movement are extremely splintered.
The problem with conservatives is most of them are the exact opposite of their liberal counter-parts in that they are honorable. They are not willing to do ‘what-ever it takes’ to win. They do not believe in winning at any cost. Unfortunately they have a habit of voting their conscience, even when they end up shooting themselves in the foot.
We are now dealing with this mis-guided clarion call to rebuild the conservative movement. This is all well and good and assumes the “conservative movement” needs rebuilding. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The “conservative movement” is alive and well.
The only thing wrong with the “conservative movement” is this annoyingly simple-minded desire to maintain a “conservative movement”. There is nothing wrong with the “conservative movement” today that a little discipline and a bucket of cold water wouldn’t solve.
“Conservative Movement” conservatives need to be hit full on in the face with that bucket of cold water.
They need to wake up.
They need to grow up.
They need to realize this battle in which we are engaged is bigger than themselves.
They also need to realize that “conservative movement” is an ideology. As an ideology it is not given to unification or party membership. Being a conservative and about $2.50 will get you a small cupa at Starbucks. And, that’s about it. Being “conservative” does not win elections. Being ideological does not win elections.
I think today that honorable minded “conservative movement” conservatives have this tendency to ASSUME that ALL conservatives are Republicans.
A – S – S – U – M - E = ASS (Democrats) U & Me
Our good multi-millionaire conservative talk radio pundits ASSUME that their millions of listeners are as euridate, and are able to comprehend the differences between the different conservative political parties.
Do not ASSUME that just Obama voters are moronic idiots who don’t know the difference between an elephant’s trunk and a donkey’s _ _ _. Millions of “conservative movement” voters – some well educated, well read, and up on the latest political headlines (and would vote for Palin in a minute) are members of various and sundry other parties.
(host of piddling other independents)
There is a very active movement going on currently to bring the “Losertarians” into the spotlight and recruit additional candidates who can muck up elections in states other than Minnesota and Georgia. Right now the US Senate hangs in a balance because of 3rd Party Losertarians who ran medicore candidates in those two states. Incapable of winning, all they actually do is insure a Democratic majority and victory.
When will “conserative movement” conservatives realize they are the ones responsible for Barack Obama’s victory and the loss of the House and the Senate? When will conservative leaders take responsibility for their foolishness and step aside and allow more wisdom to return to their movement? When will they realize that the “Lou Dobbs” conservatives are destroying the GOP?
There is a famous line in Casablanca that says, “Round up the usual suspects.” When we’re dealing with conservatives who are NOT Republicans I’m ready to burst into four letter words.
As usual we’re being treated to this “me too” chorus of why the GOP has been destroyed. The problem is those doing the bitching and moaning are NOT Republicans. They are the problem children, not the solution. And so there was this big conference on how to heal the GOP by people who have betrayed the GOP. Lord have Mercy! We DO NOT even want half of these people involved with us.
There was a consensus among the group that conservative ideas and principles had not been defeated in Tuesday’s election, but a Republican Party that walked away from these principles had been defeated.
“This was a campaign between the moderate wing of the Republican Party and the Democrats,” said Bozell.
“Conservatism did not lose – big government Republicanism lost,” said Viguerie….”
Amanda Carpenter is lamenting that “conservative bloggers” were turned away, but says nothing about Republican bloggers. Are there any real Republican bloggers out there besides The Pink Flamingo? Let’s be honest here, what self-respecting card-carrying half-way decent blogger would want to be connected to these ideological yahoos who are nothing but losers?
Until conservatives can start thinking straight and realize theat the GOP is a big tent political party made up of individuals who have more in common on fiscal policy and taxation than social issues, they will be doomed to abject failure. You can’t base a party movement on social items that bother even The Pink Flamingo, who was once considered a very conservative person, but is now spat at as a “moderate”. My values have not changed.
If the tawdry gathering listed here is the “future” of the alleged conservative movement, count me out. I have better things to do with my life, like helping to rebuild a GOP where people of all religions, races, and genders are welcome.
Deal with it.
REBUILDING THE GOP
It is NOT about conservatives. If it is only to be about conservatives, we may as well roll over and die while Democrats celebrate one victory after another.
It is about the REPUBLICAN PARTY.
It is about winning elections and building coalitions so that we can do so.
Conservatives alone are proven losers.
It is time for conservatives to decide where they stand, on ideology or on something concrete. There is a favorite parable of mine:
In order to win elections, conservatives need to stop crying their fake little tears about rebuilding their movement and do something constructive. Until they realize we are all part of a Big Tent GOP, they are dooming all of us to Democratic rule. Unfortunately, I think that’s what some of them want. By dooming the GOP to minority rule – forever – they ensure their important roll in the giant scheme of conservative things.
If we have a GOP POTUS, Speaker of the House, and Majority Leader in the Senate, then the importance of our talking conservative heads and pundits is diluted.
Can’t we all just get along? If we don’t, we’re going to destroy our country. We cannot blame it on the Democrats, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, or Nancy Pelosi. It is the fault of the conservative movement who considers their movement more important than the Republican Party and building a majority.
The Democrats were united in their hatred of George W. Bush. All they needed was George Soros and his unlimited bag o’ gold. The real problem is Conservatives and Republicans, by their very nature, are not haters. We cannot be united by hatred, therefore a George Soros clone will never emerge for our side.
We must be united by our love of country, our faith, and our basic sense of honor and decency. You cannot defeat hate with hate. It just doesn’t work. We defeat hatred by being above it, and showing that there is something more in us.
Republicans are quite capable of this behavior. The problem is – are conservatives?