Mar 03 2007
If this posting is an indication of what was felt at CPAC (and there are some indications there were plenty who do harbor these feelings) then conservative movement is going to find it difficult to ban together to challenge the Dems. The Dems are cut-throat and will do anything to win, even if that means lying down with the suicidal anti-war left. The Far right has the opposite problem. They are so bent on purity they reject any waivering to purity. Their insulting arrogance is not only getting old and tiresome, one has to wonder if they actually want to accomplish anything at all. Let’s examine some indicators which do not bode well for the Reps as currently configured:
…there is considerable grumbling about the health of the movement. From conservative pioneers to up-and-coming true believers, many attendees are looking for leaders — and theyâ€™re uncertain about the current crop of presidential candidates and not even thrilled with the current occupant of the White House.
Itâ€™s a struggle,â€ said conservative activist and public relations specialist Mike Thompson. â€œConservatives want to win, but they arenâ€™t really sure the guys at the top of the field are conservative.â€ Reconciling purity and pragmatism is always a challenge, Thompson added, but itâ€™s especially so going into 2008 because â€œof the fear of the other side.â€
This is a very strange and twisted statement, but it goes to the heart of the problem – the drive for mythical purity. There is no perfection or purity, and those who believe in this fantasy end up throwing out realistic opportunities for a mirage. And their anger at not being able to obtain these fantasies is always laid at the feet of those who are ‘pragmatic’ (i.e., realistic). And note the insecurity in the emotion: “fear”. What is there to “fear” from the “other side”? Does this mean purity will take a back seat in 2008? We saw purity work its magic in 2006 and all it got us was Liberal garbage.
tâ€™s not just skepticism about McCain, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney that has members of the movement in a funk.
While conservatives here are appreciative of his steadfastness in the war on terror, President Bush has disappointed some on the right who had high hopes.
Bush has â€œmade so many mistakes,â€ said the Eagle Forumâ€™s Phyllis Schlafly. â€œThe war is a disaster and he flubbed the [immigration] issue.â€
And the leading GOP contenders to succeed Bush? â€œTheyâ€™re all equally unacceptable,â€ Schlafly said.
Yeah, but they are the only ones who are also electable. And Bush did not lose Congress over the immigration issue, the less popular Rep Congress is the mastermind of that debacle. This revisionist denial doesn’t bode well for a quick turn around for the Reps. The far right has lost much its influence and the broader conservative coalition which can win elections. Their access to power has to be arm-in-arm with the more moderate conservatives. They have no choice. The question is whether the far right will succumb and accept this reality or stand alone and in the minority.