Skip to comments.Principles over Party
Posted on 11/12/2010 6:54:52 AM PST by Brices Crossroads
Governor Chris Christiewho has commendably been a defender of fiscal responsibility in New Jerseyrecently declared, I think Delaware was a missed opportunity to have a really good U.S. Senator, affirming that he was proud to have endorsed Mike Castle.
Former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote in The Washington Post that unlike Christine ODonnell and Sharron Angle, Serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates could have won in Delaware and Nevada. He sarcastically added, ODonnell and Angle were gifts of Sen. Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin to their party.
Christie and Gerson seem to have missed the mark ever so slightly by about five-hundred feet.
ODonnell wasnt a perfect candidateand I defy anyone to find someone who isbut she was definitely the only conservative running in the Delaware Senate race. One cant help but ponder why any self-proclaimed conservative would have endorsed Castle, who has consistently received an F rating from the NRA and Gun Owners of America, a 0 from the National Right to Life, and a perfect 100% from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. He also earned a 43% from Club for Growth for 2009. In fact, as RedState pointed out in September, In every year, Castle has had the most liberal voting record of any member of the 175+ Republican [CFG] caucus.
One also cant help but wonder who would fit into Gersons label of serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates. Does he mean serious and mainstream as in pro-bailout, pro-abortion, pro-cap-and-tax, pro-amnesty Republican Lisa Murkowski? Last I checked, plenty of serious, mainstream Republicans helped get us into the economic and Constitution-bashing mess were in.
In his monologue on November 9, radio host and bestselling author Mark R. Levin offered some principled context: Mike Castle wouldve been a disaster. Hes been a disaster. And now at least Delaware can work hard to find a candidate to defeat this guy Coons in two years and keep trying. You may not succeed, but you can keep trying. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a Republican Governor of California. He was a disaster. I mean, he ruled like a Democrat. This is the problem. You cannot advance core principles; you cannot take a fundamental stand against this kind of radicalism, if youre all over the map and yet pretend not to be. And Im discussing this because we have a long way to go. This battles gonna be very, very difficult within the Republican Party, within the conservative movement, and in the general society. And there are gonna be those who contribute to it and those who basically dont.
Levin added, And so, whats needed is perspective. [In] 1976 Ronald Reagan was running against Gerald Ford. There were conservatives all over the country who were lining up behind Gerald Ford. Reagans too extreme, Reagan is a B actor, Reagan is this, Reagan is that, he cant win, he cant win. He almost beat Ford.
Levin continued, He [Reagan] had no stomach for the Republican fraternityand thats what hed call it, none. He had to overcome them in order to get the nomination and get elected as President. When Reagan lost in 76, the Republican establishment opposed him in 1980 again. They threw four, five candidates at him, including George H. W. Bush. It didnt work. Almost worked, by the way, but it didnt work. It didnt work. These are the sort of battles were gonna have to continue to fight.
What good do closet lefties disguised as Republicanswho ally themselves far more with the Left than with the Rightdo for the Republican Party?
For way too long, labels have been revered over principles. The result was a Republican President, George W. Bush, whose embrace of TARP, auto bailouts, and government overreach in our educational system yielded a grassroots TEA Party movement that works tirelessly to right the wrongs of both the Left and the serious, mainstream Right.
Everyone loves to win, but not if it means compromising our principles for the sake of a label. Those arent wins. They are losses.
Although they wont be headed to D.C., Christine ODonnell, Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, and others are winners. They helped to revive conservatism in their states and throughout the country. And they taught many establishment big-shots a much-needed lesson: We wont be sitting on the sidelines anymore while you run the show. Those days are over.
As we head towards 2012, principled conservatives will distinguish themselves from those who are content with business as usual. Keep an eye on potential Reaganesque candidates whom some establishment politicians and media voices will undoubtedly try to dismantle.
And unlike what the great and powerful establishment wizards of D.C. may tell you, do pay attentionand closelyto the dealings of Washington big guns behind the curtain.
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Somebody gets it. The ones that don't will not get my vote.
“Former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson wrote in The Washington Post that unlike Christine ODonnell and Sharron Angle, Serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates could have won in Delaware and Nevada.
Even though serious, mainstream Republican Senate candidates lost their races in CA, WA, and CT.
Governor Christie is confirming, not so subtley, that the establishment pubbies have much less interest in true conservative reform than most of us would like...despite the campaign rhetoric.
Driving a wedge into the party, to excise those further on the right, will NOT serve them well.
It may well be time for a viable third party in the US...a home for everyone who supports equality of opportunity over equality of outcome, and who support the foundational principles of this grand experiment, not the legalistic, jingoistic morass of political correctness into which we’ve devolved under the guidance of the wrong-headed progressives.
It’s time to take back the country. Tearing down the ‘good old boy’ network would be a good place to start.
UNTIL they can get their head out of their asses a decent candidate will ALWAYS lose there.. TRICKING them into voteing for one is Silly..
Alaska is different, hanky panky went on... democrats voted for the RINO(Moosecowski).. and the native americans are OWNED by the democrats..
Thinking Americans have known this for a long time, in spite of the constant static from the party hacks.
The current state of the nation is testament enough that its true. We can only hope enough 'get it' now.
Excellent article. Thanks for the ping!
For all of you who say that we need to get over Christine O’Donnell’s defeat by RATs and RINOs, when will they stop?
As long as the anti-Palin, anti-O’Donnell, anti-Conservative women screeds keep pouring out, I will defend those attacked. What man would not defend his mom, his sister, his wife?
Can Christie get his brain around the fact that constitutional conservatism is the middle ground?
When you push yourself away from this middle ground, you are an extremist.
One of these flipping days people are going to realize the Conservatives are only of use to the Republican Party as long as they aren't on the ticket.
While that needs to change, I've been sick and tired of getting chucked under the bus on Election Day +1 for well over a decade.
As far as I am concerned, the Republican Establishment showed its true colors by not fully backing people on the GOP ticket, and even supporting their opponents.
Heads should roll over that, but instead we're getting bidness as usual.
>>As far as I am concerned, the Republican Establishment showed its true colors by not fully backing people on the GOP ticket, and even supporting their opponents.
Heads should roll over that, but instead we’re getting bidness as usual.<<
It’s already started. It’s already started.
Absolutely! The very reason the GOP of today is left of center, far left of center.
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