BUMPED: Conservative’s Recipe for Disaster: Dump Reagan

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There are some within the GOP who are demanding all candidates receiving RNC funds sign a pledge stating that they will support 8 of 10 issues.  While The Pink Flamingo basically agrees with most of the list, there is something distasteful about the growing demands for purity, and the stupidity of the far right and their pathetic worship of Reagan, damning anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

“……”When I began entering into the give and take …, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn’t like it. “Compromise” was a dirty word to them and they wouldn’t face the fact that we couldn’t get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don’t get it all, some said, don’t take anything. “I’d learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: ‘I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.’ “If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that’s what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it….”  Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan once said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

“…The true believers claim they’re Reagan conservatives, but their politics are a betrayal of the leader they ritually canonize — a betrayal not just in strategy, but in spirit. Ronald Reagan didn’t just tolerate moderates in his party; he valued them. Reagan knew that to be a governing party, rather than an ideological faction, the GOP needed to run and win outside conservative strongholds. So Reagan’s GOP gave all-out support to pro-choice candidates like Pete Wilson in California….”

Jim DeMint wants a “Pure” conservative GOP.  Foolishly, he doesn’t necessarily want a majority, just party purity.   He is also throwing Ronald Reagan under the proverbial bus.  He probably is not going to like the new GOP resolution demanding 80% “purity”.  Unfortunately, idiot conservatives have fallen for this stupidity.

“...But while DeMint enjoys his growing influence in the conservative movement and is treated like a rock star at tea party rallies, he’s causing problems within the Republican establishment. GOP critics accuse him of unnecessarily hurting the party’s prospects in next year’s midterms by fueling contentious primaries and pushing candidates who may be loved by the base but struggle in the general election.

“He’s certainly speaking for an intense point of view in the party, but the ultimate test is whether or not the Republican nominee wins the general elections. If they lose, it strengthens the liberal Democrats,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. “Adding more Democrats to [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi’s team does not advance the Republican cause.”…”

Lindsey Graham, on the other hand, has been chastised, censured, and castigated for working with the Dems and behaving like a grown-up.  He isn’t pure enough, even though he does exemplify the very best of Ronald Reagan.

“…Reagan’s politics weren’t petty, personal, or bitter. In a political battle, he could give as good or better than he got — and then at 6 pm sit down with Tip O’Neill or Ted Kennedy for a convivial hour. When Ronald and Nancy Reagan received the congressional gold medal in 2002, Kennedy was one of three speakers at the celebratory dinner. Many in the audience wondered what the nation’s leading liberal was doing there. Mrs. Reagan had insisted on it. And as the adamantly conservative columnist Bob Novak reported, Kennedy received a standing ovation as he paid tribute to Reagan’s “presidency of hope.”..”

How would DeMint handle Reagan in 1976?  He would have thrown him under the bus as unpure!

“…There’s another huge irony in the proposed GOP purity test. The whole concept is actually based loosely on a quote from Reagan: “My 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy.” Of course, the whole purpose of the quote from Reagan — who famously asked a very liberal Republican, Sen. Richard Schweiker from here in Pennsylvania, to be his running mate if he’d won the 1976 nomination (as pictured at top) — is that he was looking for ways to broaden the GOP, accepting allies even if they disagreed on one or two big issues, even something as contentious as abortion. The 2009 GOP has turned the quote on its head, aiming to shrink the already shrinking party that doesn’t reach this magical 80 percent mark. Amazing….”

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