Skip to comments.Bruce Bartlett : Why I Am Anti-Republican (Former Reagan domestic policy adviser explains why)
Posted on 08/30/2009 6:50:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
I got an e-mail from a prominent Republican asking why I am so anti-Republican these days. Since many of my friends ask the same thing I thought I would share my reply:
I think the party got seriously on the wrong track during the George W. Bush years, as I explained in my Impostor book. In my opinion, it no longer bears any resemblance to the party of Ronald Reagan. I still consider myself to be a Reaganite. But I dont see any others anywhere in the GOP these days, which is why I consider myself to be an independent. Mindless partisanship has replaced principled conservatism. What passes for principle in the party these days is what can we do to screw the Democrats today. How else can you explain things like that insane op-ed Michael Steele had in the Washington Post on Monday?
I am not alone. When I talk to old timers from the Reagan years, many express the same concerns I have. But they all work for Republican-oriented think tanks like AEI and Hoover and dont wish to be fired like I was from NCPA . Or they just dont want to be bothered or lose friends. As a free agent I am able to say what they cant or wont say publicly.
I think the Republican Party is in the same boat the Democrats were in in the early eighties dominated by extremists unable to see how badly their party was alienating moderates and independents. The partys adults formed the Democratic Leadership Council to push the party back to the center and it was very successful. But there is no group like that for Republicans. That has left lunatics like Glenn Beck as the partys de facto leaders. As long as that remains the case, I want nothing to do with the GOP.
I will know that the party is on the path to recovery when someone in a position of influence reaches out to former Republicans like me. We are the most likely group among independents to vote Republican. But I see no effort to do so. All I see is pandering to the partys crazies like the birthers . In the short run that may be enough to pick up a few congressional seats next year, but I see no way a Republican can retake the White House for the foreseeable future. Both CBO and OMB are predicting better than 4% real growth in 2011 and 2012. If those numbers are even remotely correct Obama will have it in the bag. Also, Republicans have to find a way to win some minority votes because it is not viable as a whites-only party in presidential elections. Thats why I wrote my "Wrong on Race" book, which no one read.
So, he voted for OBUMMER?
McCain wasn’t middle of the road enough for him?
He has just lived in the bubble too long.
Beck isn't a Republican.
KMEFWA, ya RINO POS. Those “extemists” are the center.
Bartlett contends that he remains a Reaganite.
Then he goes all squishy and condemns the very people are Reaganites.
Bartlett strikes me as a very confused man. But this might explain it...
...dont wish to be fired like I was from NCPA .
Idiots like this rarely give any definitive issue or stance that they stand against. They just moan that they aren’t included and call themselves moderates.
Really, what does this guy care about “birthers” for? If he’s at all interested in a party that reaches out to him, how would one even go about reaching to someone regarding the place of Barack Obama’s birth?
It’s time this guy grew up and started approaching things from a practical take on life. Parties have philosophies. Exactly what is the philosophical stance that bothers him. If he can’t name it, he’s uselessly awash in a sea of meaninglessness.
Mr. Bartlett is no doubt a victim of Palin Derangement Syndrome as well. He will still be stumbling and bumbling about "the extremists" who have taken over his party, when BamBam's death panels are filing his manila folder in the Closed Case drawer.
Why doesn’t the Republican party just disband?
Does this guy remember that the Dems controlled Congress under Reagan?
Mr. Bartlett does not say what policies and principles the Republican party should support to "reach out" to him. Does he have anything positive to contribute?
As far as I am concerned, his commit about Glen Beck didn't help his cause either.
Says it all I think. What a maroon. I think that the Obama administration will/has set race relations back 20 years and I don't think thing will be at all good for the country.
Actually, Bruce, there aready are groups like that. The problem isn’t that they don’t exist. The problem is that they suck at doing what you want them to do. I say this not out of malice, simply as a technically correct description of their performance.
This guy sounds like those “life-long Republicans” that call Rush and talk about how they voted for 0. Sounds like a member of the McCain-Powell wing of the party.
This guys kind of republican ran the last time and we see just how well that turned out.Independent my ass.Hows that hopey changy thingy workin for ya?
There must be another czar opening, he sure sounds like he is auditioning for the part.
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