Conservatives Have Won Nothing. You Read It Right. NOTHING.
It has come to this, I’m afraid. We need to keep our perspective. Conservatives have won nothing. Nothing. Ken Buck you say? Sharron Angle? Mike Lee? Pat Toomey? Marco Rubio? Joe Miller? Rand Paul? Nikki Haley? Here, pay attention: they are all candidates. Yes, yes — we won primaries. Contrary to popular opinion that conservatives wanted a purge of party, we instead played smartly — | Read More »
Conservative. But Also Republican.
“Across the country we are pushing the GOP right where the GOP can go right. But at the end of the day, we are on the Republican team.… If you …want to agitate for a third party … go elsewhere.” I admit it. I am guilty of it. Knee deep in primary season battling to get conservatives elected against a bunch of squishy picks, it | Read More »
The Great Disentangling Has Begun: What Bob Bennett’s Defeat Means and Does Not
I’d like to think I might have some idea of what Bob Bennett’s defeat means and does not mean. After all, as with Marco Rubio, Doug Hoffman, and Marlin Stutzman, before others noticed, I was beating the drum — all the way back to September of last year on Bob Bennett. Pay attention now you media types who look for great meaning in all things | Read More »
RedState Has the Pulse of the Grassroots
“You want to know where conservatives are going to be tomorrow, next week, or next month? Read RedState. We aren’t angry. We’re just taking over.” I don’t normally go all in for braggadocios posts, but I think today warrants one. Back in December of 2008, I got a lot of crap piled on me from a lot of people for daring to support a guy | Read More »
If Conservatives Are Serious About Their Resurgence, They Will Defeat Bob Bennett (R-UT)
“Conservatives have a perfect opportunity to shift an existing Republican seat to the right. They should seize the opportunity and defeat Bob Bennett.” Poor wittle conservatives. Nobody wistens to the poor wittle conservatives. The Senate Minority Leader talks like a conservative, but behind closed doors he does everything he can to shut down conservative small government agenda items and pro-life measures so he doesn’t have | Read More »
The one way street: “conservatives better play nice.”
We hear this all time — conservatives in the GOP have to play nice with the moderates. We never hear the other, that moderates should play nice with conservatives. Why is that? Consider the facts: In Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, conservative Tim Walberg challenged the very liberal Joe Schwartz in the 2006 Republican Primary and won. Walberg went on to win the general election. In | Read More »
Can Anyone Make John Feehery’s Say What They Want?
I have written about John Feehery before. He is the former Bob Michel and Denny Hastert employee who had to be bumped aside by the insurgents of 1994 before the GOP could take control of Congress and then weaseled his way back into power in Hastert’s office. Then we lost power. Hmmmm . . . Feehery is the guy who gave Bob Michel and Bob | Read More »
45 Years Ago Today: We Have a Rendezvous With Destiny
We forget this anniversary at our peril. As conservatives face off against their own natural party, the GOP, in NY-23, Florida, and elsewhere, we should remember Ronald Reagan’s famous speech. “Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the | Read More »
Judas Goats And Principles
One of the reasons I like the idea of our Great Books Program is because I think a lot of activists need to read for themselves the great ideas that shape the conservative mind. We need, each one of us, to know what we believe and why we believe it and when it is acceptable to compromise principles for pragmatism. Each of us has a | Read More »
The Instinct of a Conservative
Steven F. Hayward, writing in the Washington Post today, postulates that the conservative movement is currently brain dead. It is a fashionable statement among those living in Washington, D.C. housed at think tanks. And I guess it is when think tannkers are pushing out columns on the lack of ideas rather than pushing out columns with ideas. Nonetheless, I generally agree with Steven Hayward that | Read More »
Bill Kristol Announces the Death of Conservatism
Are any of you surprised by this? Seriously. I knew the moment I found out he was having dinner with Obama that this would happen. A batted eye lash, a smile, and a shared meal gets you pretty damn far with Bill Kristol. Never mind that despite posing as a conservative for years, Kristol has been anything but a real conservative. If Reagan’s policies had | Read More »