Apr 262011
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It must be something in the Washington, DC water supply…that’s the only explanation. After watching the Democrats do the circular firing squad thing for three years, and seeing the results of that last November, you’d think the Republicans would learn, right?

Not no but HELL no…they are busy playing the same game themselves this year. It would be fun to watch except they are going to get the same results if they don’t get all their sh*t together and quit…but the anticipated fun goes out of it when you realize it is US that are going to get shot.

Now, I’m no big fan of the GOP. While I do consider myself a small “r” conservative constitutional republican, I’m by no means a modern day GOP party Republican. With that said I’ve been hoping for a small “r” republican to emerge as a viable candidate to defeat the progressive left in 2012.

Unless something drastic changes, that is looking less and less likely.

It’s not that there is no one that could emerge as that candidate. There are actually several viable possibilities, but the “party” people in the GOP seem determined to hand the 2012 election to the progressives rather than see a constitutional conservative become the voice of the party.

We have Karl Rove, “the architect” of the Bush presidency, a presidency strong on defense but weak on foreign, domestic, and fiscal policy, declaring Donald Trump a clown rather than being specific about what he disagrees with. Lord knows, there are plenty of specifics that prove Trump to be the antithesis of a constitutional conservative, but Rove has to resort to name calling.

Hey Karl…isn’t that the tactic of the fact-challenged left…name calling rather than challenging with facts?

Then, ever since last fall’s elections, we have GOP party hacks using various tactics to ignore or marginalize Tea Party candidates, ignoring the fact that 60-70% of the electorate seems to embrace the small unobtrusive government message.

Karl Rove, again, jumped to use tactics from the progressive left, belittling and name-calling Christine O’Donnell. O’Donnell had plenty of issues with policy, but Rove ignored that and chose to use personal invective.

Once it became obvious that tea party backed candidates were going to win, and win big, the GOP message changed. Rather than ignoring and belittling the teapartiers, party hacks decided they should be co-opted. Former Mississippi senator and Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, now a lobbyist, famously said of the tea party election winners:

“We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

Given the popularity of the tea party movement, that is not exactly a unifying statement…yet it is one that seems to permeate the thinking of establishment GOP’ers.

Even Charles Krauthammer, one of the most reasoned voices on the conservative side, weighed in sounding like a party hack when expounding on Trump, calling his a joke candidacy and not serious.

Charles…that may be, but how about sticking to facts and letting us make up our own minds?

The bottom line is, everyone on the right…pundits, party stalwarts, and candidates…has a choice. Stop the name calling, stop the left-like invective, stop the put-downs, and stick to facts, or just go ahead and concede the 2012 elections to the left. The divisiveness of your current tactics is going to give it to them anyway.



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Semi-retired North Georgia writer, blogger, boiled peanut salesman, fisherman, politician – baiter…and the best damn cook you know who doesn’t make a living at it.

Which do I enjoy the most? It’s a toss up between fishin’ and baiting politicians.


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