Apr 28 2009
Boy, am I glad I left the conservative fevered swamps when I did. Talk about self destructing! As I posted on earlier, in response to the political center dumping conservatives into oblivion Jim DeMint made the comment he would rather be a top fish in a tiny pond than actually lead this great nation into the future:
DeMint says he would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than. . .that donâ€™t have a set of beliefs.â€
Ahh, the lovely sound of tolerance and respect for fellow Americans. I don’t think DeMint and his paltry band of ‘true conservatives’ get it yet. No one would be upset if he was part of an impotent and irrelevant ban of 30 has beens in the Senate either!
And 30 seems to be a good number to shoot for. Right now it is 60-40 (assuming Franken pulls off his mystical vote counting tricks), but if the far right keep up on their witch hunt of centrist, then 7o is only 10 seats away. Rush Limbaugh has proposed another candidate to be shown the door of the failed right wing club house:
Conservative host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he isn’t sorry to see Arlen Specter leave the GOP â€” and that many Republicans wish the Pennsylvania senator would take a few others with him when he goes.
“A lot of people say, ‘Well, Specter, take [Sen. John] McCain with you. And his daughter [Meghan]. Take McCain and his daughter with you if you’re gonnaâ€¦” he told listeners, dissolving in laughter.
“â€¦..It’s ultimately good. You’re weeding out people who aren’t really Republicans,” he said.
No, they weeding out the survivors so the only ones left will be the politically doomed. Limabaugh and his ilk seem more and more like those doomed survivors on the Poseidon Adventure who head the wrong way to rescue, certain of their superior intelligence and purpose. They certainly on a rapidly sinking ship.
Anyway, then there are the two ladies from Maine, who are only slightly less despised by the conservative purists than Specter was. And the comments they are makingÂ spell more disaster for the right:
Both Republican senators from Maine said Tuesday that the GOP must change its ways following Sen. Arlen Specterâ€™s (Pa.) decision to switch parties.
Collins called Specterâ€™s decision â€œunfortunate for our party and our country,â€ and acknowledged that Democratic leaders have long been trying to persuade her to change parties.
â€œWhen youâ€™re a moderate Republican, every year thereâ€™s someone from the other side who makes an overture,â€ she said. â€œBut thatâ€™s not something I would ever consider doing.
â€œBut I do think our party needs to make clear that centrists are welcome. Sometimes that message is not sent as clearly as it should be.â€
Well they are not wanted, as the lunatic fringe has made perfectly clear. And let’s be clear here, Specter was forced out by the Toomey challenge. If the GOP tent hadn’t shrunk to the size of a pup tent, the GOP primary would not be a threat to Specter’s desires to lead this nation and be an influential force in where it goes. He is thinking state and country first, Party is a distant 3rd were it belongs. If the far right go after Collins, she will have no choice – either she leaves the GOP or she watches a Democrat take out whoever the far right elect in the primary.
Snowe also has had some pointed words for the dying conservative movement:
“I’ve always been deeply concerned about the views of the Republican Party nationally in terms of their exclusionary policies and views towards moderate Republicans,” said Snowe, who has been approached, she said, by Democrats in the past about switching parties.
Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party “underscores the blunt reality” that the GOP is not a welcome place for moderates, she said.
Snowe goes onto point out that conservatives think they are the only ones with a hold on certain issues, but what they are doing in their purity putsche is simply losing control of these issues to more sane heads. Here is Snowe’s list of ‘principles’ or ‘beliefs’ people like DeMint don’t think exist outside their echo chambers:
“I believe in the traditional tenets of the Republican Party: strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, individual opportunity. I haven’t abandoned those principles that have been the essence of the Republican Party. I think the Republican Party has abandoned those principles.
Agreed. The far right are not the only ones who respect and back our military (take it from a proud father of a US Marine, son of a WW II Navy veteran). Lots of people want limited government, lower taxes, free markets. Many people believe DC is bloated and out of control and useless. Many people believe in the sanctity of life. Half or more are not in the GOP, are not impressed with the far right, are not supporting the GOP. They are centrists who decide which party wins elections.
What the conservative movement needs is to stop being a ridiculous spectacle of ineptitude – case in point:
Bachmann,Â speaking on Pajamas TV, noted: “I find it interesting thatÂ it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”
The 1976 swine flu scare happened on Gerald Ford’s watch.
We checked Wikipedia.
Ford was a Republican.
What a joke. How about those crazy Birthers and their claims Obama is not American? How about those crazy claims that DHS is abandoning its mission to stop threats against this nation and are instead monitoring Michelle Malkin and her fellow travellers. How about those crazy Ayrabs trying to by an interest in a company that does port operations (not security)?
Anyway, if they can push out Snowe, Collins, McCain that gets them down to 37. Many think Lindsay Graham is RINO, as well as Kay Baily Hutchison. That gets you to 35! DeMint seems to have a feasible plan in mind.
How many more dumb stunts are we going to have to suffer through?