Skip to comments.Vichy Republicans
Posted on 05/25/2009 12:54:14 PM PDT by Bratch
The year is 2003. Tom Ridge is chatting, explaining whats going on with Homeland Security, having a seemingly good time. His good natured counterpart in the conversation lets Ridge run with the conversation.
The other party in the conversation is Rush Limbaugh. Ridge had called into Rushs show.
Over the past twenty years Rush has been on the air, people like Powell, Ridge, and others have had no problem using Rush to air their policy views, defend themselves, and chat.
And in those twenty years, as anyone who has regularly listened to Rush can tell you, the substantive coverage of issues has increased, not decreased. As Rush has become better educated over the last two decades on issues, we all have too. But Rushs consistency of principle, conservatism, and humor have not changed.
Now, twenty years after Rush began, some Republicans who once fell all over themselves to get on the air with him, have decided he is too shrill, too conservative, and too harmful to the cause.
What they do not seem to notice is that Rush has not changed. They have. The ground has not shifted to the left. They have shifted to the left. They have become Vichy Republicans not Republicans in Name Only. The difference is that they stand on their bona fides as Republicans, patted on the back by other Republicans of unquestioned party affiliation, to sell out the party by collaborating with the Democrats.
During World War II, the Vichy Regime arguable ran France as an independent nation, but were puppets of the Axis powers. In Norway, a similar situation occurred under the illegitimate regime of Vidkun Quisling. Today we use the word quislings to refer to those who collaborate with and help the enemy.
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The only conclusion I can come to about GOP’ers like Ridge and Powell is that they want the Republican party principals to lose and just go away because no republican would have won anything without the likes of Rush Limbaugh.
Believe it or not, Chris Matthews was actually the guest host one day. I nearly puked.
Rush has let Arlen Specter on his show more than once.
I think he was trying to be a good Republican and letting people on his “team” have the microphone from time to time but, as time as has gone along, I think Rush - like many of us - are stuck in between being disgusted at the “big-tent-anything-goes” Republicans and realizing he has nowhere else, politically, to go.
Either you make the best of the foxhole you find yourself in or you try to go it alone which only improves your chances of getting shot.
What’s the only difference between Colin Powell, and Arlen Specter?...
Sorry, that’s a trick question.
There’s no difference.
D.C. Cocktail Party Syndrome. You spend enough time mingling with the White House Press Corps, you start to think like these bubbleheads.
That’s easy. It’s the color of the —— sack.
I coined the phrase Vichy Republicans. People stealing my stuff.
Why does any Republican still give a d**n what that SOB has to say? He F*cked up the first Gulf War, and certainly didn’t do a thing to help with the second one. In fact, he couldn’t seem to help Bush at all!!
Surely even McCain must grind his teeth at the thought of Powell, what after bending over backwards staying middle ground just to get his endorsement only to be spurned on the last weekend before the election, LOL!!! If McCain had gone more to the right, he Could have won!
Poor Powell, though. What did he get for it? He wasn’t even given an ambassadorship of the Cayman Islands...Is he still groveling for a job from Obama? Ha ha. Maybe he can run Acorn...I’ve seen their nice little Brown Shirt uniforms.
No, Powell isn’t any more a Republican than Dr. Kevorkian or your friendly neighborhood abortionist.
The question for govenor Ridge is if his ideas are so good, how come during and after his administration, there are fewer republicans representing PA and no PA electoral votes for President Bush in either election. If he can’t deliver votes what makes him think that his ideas are helping to elect anyone in the republican party?
No offense, Porterville....but I thought padre35 invented the phrase here on Freeper land last year before your date that you linked............I mean, I’ve been stealing it all this time and would like to know precisely who I am stealing it from !!.
I looked into it and it has been used by the Jawa since 2005...
Ahh...the genesis of Vichy Republican on my end came from the time when Chris Buckley and other, ersatz “conservatives” threw Governor Palin overbaord in favor of “the guy can give a speech” Obamao.
The “original” phrase came from a US Military Blogger:
and from here:
mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/083601.php in 2005.
As I recall, names were being tossed out for the turncoats “republicans” who are more then willing to toss Conservatism overboard to co-operate with Obama.
The term should grow, because it is an accurate description of what has happened, and what’s worse, Buckley and Will are now acting like the whole thing never happened.
They deserve a metaphorical head shaving in the town square.
Indeed, I looked into it back in the day, it’s not a new term, but I did make it a point that every George Will article that was posted was tagged with “Vichy Republican” ditto Peggy Noonan.
The truest meaning of the term though, is from the Military Blogger who posted in 06 when the Dems were trying to cut off funding for the Iraq War, to me that was the most perfect usage, we should never forget that we were 1 Joe Lieberman vote away from losing that War.
Funny thing is, there are now Dhimmicrat Bloggers call themselves “Vichy democrats”...
Lest we forget that Colin Bowel is a Palm Tree:
Add Michael Steele to that list.
I'm sure that you don't know this, but "Bubbleheads" is the term we in the Navy affectionately called our brothers in the submarine service. We teased them about the nitrogen bubbles forming in their brains because of the depths of the water they sailed in and that the nitrogen bubbles made them retarded.
I became one of them at the 17 year point in my career, and had to quit teasing as I became the butt of the jokes.
I just know you wouldn't intentionally compare the US Navy's finest to those other certified idiots, so you're forgiven in advance.
I realize a lot of it has to do with a Memorial Day release, but how sad this thread has less than 20 replies.
Another article that should be required reading for the GOP “experts” that run the party...
It’s not really a participatory thread Ogie O. the Identify Vichy Republican thread had a decent amount of replies, this one is just based off of RedState’s EE blog entry.