Is the Current Conservative Ego Trip Leading to GOP Civil War?


I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. — Dwight Eisenhower

I stole the quote from an excellent commentary DJ Strata has at StrataSphere.   Then AJ Strata wrote the following:

“…We cannot run to the pure fringes and hope to right this country. If we can get back to AMERICAN principles – not conservative principles – then ownership and participation will grow under those principles. People are much more willing to reinvigorate America for the future than anything party allegiance….”

Jeb Bush has the right idea.  It is time for the GOP to find someone else besides the Ghost of Reagan Past.  But – can the current crop of egos do that?

“...Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its “nostalgia” for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election….”So our ideas need to be forward looking and relevant. I felt like there was a lot of nostalgia and the good old days in the [Republican] messaging. I mean, it’s great, but it doesn’t draw people toward your cause,” Mr. Bush said. “From the conservative side, it’s time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because, you know, things do ebb and flow.”…”

Rush Limbaugh, with his man-crush on Ronald Reagan, took serious offense at this, and then damned the whole Bush family for denigrating Sarah Palin.  I’m not seeing it. But – Limbaugh’s in need of a time-out about now.  He is “furious” with Mitt for denigrating Palin. The problem is I don’t seem to remember Rush taking out Newt Gingrich when he went after Palin.

Eric Cantor is miffed with Rush:

“…“What the National Council for a New America is is an opportunity for us to go out across this country to talk about our conservative principlesm … at a higher level and say, look, there are some transcendental things we are all about. … Rush is talking about conservative principles and we’re talking about conservative principles.”…”

Rush is miffed with Colin Powell.

Liberals have begun making fun of conservatives – not over policy, but this idiotic war they have begun on “purity”.   AJ Strata has noted something from one of the liberal blogs, Balloon Juice:

“…Once Collins and Snowe are drummed out of the party, the definition of what is “moderate” will change yet again. The music will stop, and Lindsey Graham, with his ACU rating of 90, will find himself without a seat because he isn’t conservative enough….”

Is the far right going to pay for their betrayal of George W. Bush and for their seemingly endless ego driven demands?

It’s all about the ego – the starving, yawing, ego driven conservative talk and punditry machine that would rather destroy the country than admit they are wrong and do what is right and honorable.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not consider Glenn Beck as much a conservative as an entertainer who has found a way to get very good ratings.  But, the other day, when he and his usual, far, far, far, far, far (get it) right guests began hammering Teddy Roosevelt as too liberal and the ones who basically destroyed America, I think he went over the top.  Of course, Beck is beginning to sound just like another Ron Paul Bot, who do control the whole Tea Party “movement”.

I’ve been trying to find a way to assess what is going on with Beck, Newt, and the rest of the merry little minions like Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, John Batchelor, Bill O’Reilly and the like along with a couple dozen conservative pundits and bloggers.  Have you ever stopped to wonder why they don’t seem to like the Republican Party?  Why can’t ANY Republican, including Ronald Reagan, satisfy them?

In fact, the day I have been predict has finally arrived.  Not even Ronald Reagan is good enough for them. I knew it was coming.  And it is here.  John Batchelor, “conservative” has gone over the edge of that flat little conservative world.

“…What about Ike and Richard Nixon and the worshipped California cowboy manqué Ronald Reagan? Not one of them cared a toothpick for the Republican Party of their time and each struggled mightily to remake it. Ike was indifferent to partisanship: His beating of the splenetic Robert Taft in 1952 for the nomination was the success of a conqueror over a sharpie. Nixon was a troubled, spiteful Quaker who despised the Republican Party as the “Eastern Establishment,” and who governed as a liberal Democrat with the apostasy of wage and price controls, the EPA, and embassies to the mass-murdering Mao and the hollow Brezhnev. Reagan was a right-wing Democrat from homespun Illinois who, after years of failing in Hollywood and then charming California, swamped Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale with the passionate votes of the Democratic Party. I have long suspected that the Kennedys voted for Reagan twice…”

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4 thoughts on “Is the Current Conservative Ego Trip Leading to GOP Civil War?

  1. Is the far right going to pay for their betrayal of George W. Bush and for their seemingly endless ego driven demands?

    Yeah, the rhetoric has tended to go over the top. But, describing we rightwingers as betrayers of GWB is a little over the top. Defending President Bush for 2 terms was an exhausting proposition, especially since he seemed unwilling to defend himself.

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