A camp follower is a term used to identify civilians who follow in the wake of armies or service their needs whilst encamped, in order to sell goods or services that the military does not supply. These can include cooking, laundering, liquor, nursing, sexual services . . . Camp Followers of the American Revolution by Walter Blumenthal.
“Rush will not get his wish and Mr. Cheney was misinformed – I am still a Republican,” . . . after Cheney suggested on the same show that the retired general had left the party by endorsing Barack Obama last fall." Colin Powell as quoted by Jonathan Martin on Politico.com
"But personally, if he would listen to me and I doubt if he would, the notion is express yourselves but let's respect others opinions and let's not be divisive.” Tom Ridge about Limbaugh as quoted by Jonathan Martin on Politico.com
Obama's got himself some bona fide washerwomen to clean up after him. Why these two bobbleheads are criticizing the criticism of Obama is beyond understanding. Are you not in the loyal opposition? Isn't your job to point out the flaws, inconsistancies, lies, mistakes, and policy fiascos of those in power? Why are you making a private citizen with no political office the subject of ridicule? Why aren't you acting like critics instead of supporters? I understand that Mr. Powell has decided to hitch his wagon to the Obama movement on account of the president's skin color. Otherwise it is laughable to think a freedom loving, capitalist, conservative or even moderate would support his joker. But Ridge? What is he hoping to gain from this? Does he think Obama will send him flowers and candy if he darns his socks for him?
What these morons don't get is you must come to the table with a bargaining position. Obama and his ilk have staged a far left, socialist agenda and for the GOP to move the programs to the center, they must start on the right. You cannot go to the bargaining table with a little bit of 'share the wealth' and hope to make headway. In fact, these idiots are making the rest of the GOP look unreasonable when they should be seen as well within the mainstream. It is the radicalization of the Democratic party the needs to be addressed. It has moved so far to the left they can't even pass a bill to fund the president's pet project of closing Gitmo. The Democrats can't even stand a lot of these proposals so why should these fools.
It's because they believe in the fallacy that Democrats and collectivists will vote for them when of course they will not. Not ever. They believe if they are seen in the company of the army, even at the back of it doing their laundry, they will earn respect. No one respected the camp followers. They certainly used them, but it is not a term of endearment. It is a term of derision. It is a term that fits perfectly to describe the behaviors of Colin Powell and Tom Ridge and David Frum and Megan McCain. They are hoping that their obsequiousness will uplift them. They are wrong.