Skip to comments.The Conservativesí Lost Decade (CPAC)
Posted on 03/02/2009 10:49:25 AM PST by rightinthemiddle
CPAC Reset Political Clock to 1993
John McCain, the 2008 Republican Party nominee for president, was not invited to speak at this past weekends Conservative Political Action Conference. Neither was former President George W. Bush, and neither was former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Our big effort this year was not to look back, but to look forward, said David Keene, the chairman of American Conservative Union, a CPAC sponsor, on Saturday.
The 36th annual meeting of the conservative movement the largest ever, with more than 8,500 attendees, as organizers delighted in pointing out was marked by its rejection of the past decade of conservative government. The name of the president who left office one month earlier, and who had won the CPAC presidential straw poll back in 1999, rarely escaped the lips of speakers. When it did, it was a token of praise for Bushs foreign policy or more often a knock at his economic record.
We got big spending under Bush, said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his Friday speech to the conference. Now weve got big spending under Obama.
Conservatives at CPAC restarted their political clock at 1993, the first years of Bill Clintons presidency, before the Republican takeover. They also cast the 2008 election as a narrow and unearned Democratic victory made possible by a biased media that defended Barack Obama and destroyed Gov. Sarah Palin. The compressed history agreed upon at CPAC is that Republicans will win the 2010 elections if they utterly reject compromise with Democrats and re-brand themselves as the party of spending cuts and Ronald Reagan.
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Michael Steele should keep his mouth shut.
I feel sick about Michael Steele. I supported him, rooted for him— and then he just turns around and stabs us. They do this time after time. Tell us how conservative they are when they’re running— soon as they get into office they turn around and stab us.
Ditto for Brownback and Roberts who pretended to be God-fearing true blue conservatives— today praising abortion extremist Sebelius. Sad day.
>> Michael Steele should keep his mouth shut.
I knew Steele was trouble the day he was elected.
“No”, said many on this foum, “Steele is conservative! Just you wait...”
Steele is not only a gun-grabbing liberal at heart, he’s also a slobbering race-pandering fool that puts Al Sharpton to shame.
Steele and the RNC can all go straight to hell.
I just sent the GOP a polite but blistering Email about Cantor and Steele throwinr Rush and Reagan’s vision over the railing. Both have beome bitter dissapointments. Never mind we are so screwed by Obama, we are so screwed by the GOP, Huckabee, Romney, etc. etc.....
It’s time to apply the same wisdom to Sarah Palin, a Feminist and thus a big spender of the federal tax dollar.
After the betrayal of conservative principles by the GOP since the end of the Reagan Administration. I am not sure that the American people will turn to the GOP again even if the GOP admits the error of its numerous followers who have led this nation and given us this totally bankrupt economy. We need a giant “mea culpa” from the apologists for the GOP, it’s Congresscriters and it’s presidents. And it should start with Rush Limbaugh, who apparently would rather be wined and dined at the White House than speak out for his conservative principles.
Michael Steele should keep his mouth shut.
GET HIM THE HELL OUT!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Steele...Did the DNC help you become the RNC chair??
“Michael Steele...Did the DNC help you become the RNC chair??”
no...a lot of conservatives did. Most likely the same conservatives that thought that Romney was the “conservative’s conservative”
You must not have seen his speech at CPAC.
In fact, I did see and hear his speech. His failures are not in what he said Saturday but in failing to warn the previous president of his deviation from conservative principles again and again. Where was he when Bush called for the bank bailout. Where was he when conservatives all over the land were screaming about government borrowing and spending, exceedingly low Fed interest rates and lack of savings that resulted. Yes, sometimes, he would gently urge his good friend, GW Bush, to rein in his horrid spending policies but never was as critical as he should have been. After all, Rush was one of those people that GWB might have listened to if Rush had been more adamant. Unfortunately, I believe that Rush was more interested in having his ego stroked by chats with and visits to the White House.
That said, Rush is the very best spokesman for conservatism in the U. S. But unfortunately his best was not good enough.
They couldn't be more correct.
I don’t know anyone who thinks Romney’s the conservative’s conservative.
I don't listen to Rush much anymore, but from what I read here on FR over the last few years, Rush DID take President Bush to task over much of his accommodation of the Democrats, and profligate Republicans. He may not have battered him every day on it, but he wasn't silent about it.
We must go back to our conservative roots and Steele wants to move in the opposite direction. Not good.
Rush stood up for and defended Michael Steele and this is how Steele repays him?
It is more than nauseating that they go out of their way to sing the praises of such people.