Jan 30 2008
The purity warriors (sometimes I like to jab them as the Mary Poppins conservatives who are practically perfect in every way) have a decision to make today and into the future. Do they want a seat at the table of power or are they going to leave the conservative coalition? They have been ranting and insulting for years now as their power and influence has waned. And the result of the purity drives – and a horrid disrespect for others – has driven the conservative coalition to go in the complete opposite direction they want by nominating John McCain.
So those on talk radio and elsewhere who railed against McCain (note that I did too in the sense I pointed out he is not conservative enough on many issues) need to line up and support the more conservative (not the most perfectly conservative) candidate. Only in an alliance can folks hope to blunt McCain’s liberal tendencies on critical issues. Because that is the only path to staying in Iraq and not surrender it to Bin Laden. That is the only path to pressure someone to hold off on Embryonic Stem Cell Research. That is the only path to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. None of these are possible under a Democrat President.
The only other option is to sit on the sideline – which will become a permanent place of residence. Americans will not back strong conservative principles for years to come if the reaction to McCain’s pending nomination is an increase in the volume of vitriol and venom. You want to promote Romney then do so. But I have heard 20 minutes of McCain bashing for every 2 minutes of discussing Romney’s positions. If this continues the path that started with Miers and Dubai Ports and Immigration will continue to its logical conclusion – a long time and possibly permanent fracturing of the conservative coalition and years in the minority for the GOP.
I am not very optimistic. Too many are willing to let our country get hurt by the dems as some way to vindicate their madness that let the dems back in power in the first place. Recent history does not bode well. Many like me (The Anchoress comes to mind) warned the far right to not get out of hand and personal, and to learn to lose some causes with dignity. But those warnings went unheeded and we went from 2004 and the peak of conservative control of government to 2008 where it is all about to be lost. The wars must end – or the GOP ends as we know it.