Skip to comments.What Happened to 'Compassionate' Conservatives?
Posted on 10/04/2013 5:12:51 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
There's an empty space in the Republican Party where compassionate conservatism used to be, and an opportunity for a presidential prospect to step into the breach.
The disappearance of that trademark George W. Bush brand from Washington has never been more apparent. The Republican House has gone from stalling immigration reform and cutting food stamps to precipitating a government shutdown by demanding the repeal of the health law that is the cornerstone of President Obama's legacy. The shutdown is threatening nutrition programs, cancer treatment, salaries, jobs, and much more.
It's one bad hand among several the GOP has dealt itself.
"We're not finished committing suicide here," said Republican strategist John Weaver, a veteran of the McCain and Huntsman campaigns. "We also have the opportunity to kill immigration reform, and the odds are that we will do that, just to make sure we're the angry-white-man party." He says the party may need a George McGovern-sized defeat with a candidate like Ted Cruz before it chooses another path.
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Conservatism itself is compassionate, in that it helps everyone aspire to independence and freedom, not dependence and slavery.
“Compassionate Conservative” is redundant.
“Compassionate Liberal” is an oxymoron.
Never take advice from liberals like the maggot infected mediot writing this bs.
The cornerstone of Obama’s presidency is cracked and sitting in sand.
Obmacare is a disaster, and scribblers like the National Journal licking his rear do not change the facts. Obama owns the shutdown.
His track record sorta sucks for him to be giving advice.
Well, clearly he is an expert strategist with a resume like that. /sarc.
Who is this moron? I’m so sick of this pResident ozero this pResident ozero that I wanna puke! Morons all of them!
I killed them.
I have never seen anyone more compassionate than Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.
There's a real winner for you.
As for the "compassionate conservatives", I think they went looking for just one honest, INTELLIGENT journalist in the "media". No luck so far.
We changed after obama stuck his hands in our pockets, the IRS in our politics and his NSA in our business. Now piss off lefturds!
At least I'm pretty sure that was how it happened in a Trek-like alternate universe. Something else happened here.
Compassionate is one thing. Co-dependent with welfare addicts is another.
I guess they ran out of other people’s money as all statists eventual do.
One by one I was going to reply, but I see that all of you have said it well. Sadly, I almost envy friends with no children or grandchildren. I have little hope.
Compassionate conservative is swahili for progressive.
The ‘compassionate’ conservatives were bent over the barrel, used, and then abused by the progressives. It’s time for the conservatives to remember how politics work and how the other party will take every advantage they can.
Everyone make your own way in the world or lie down and die!!!
With all the celebrating of coming out of the closet stuff, I’ve been thinking...
The Socialist and Communists in the Democratic party need to come out. Be in the open, give the Democrats back their party. Rinos can then comfortably move over to the Democratic party.
Conservatives, Libertarians, Constitutionalists...several parties.
I think we need to have many, many more parties or none. Too much power is being placed in the hands of too few with this two party system.
With many parties the power would not be so concentrated, people wouldn’t be so quick to vote a party ticket and people of the United States would be more accurately represented.
In my opinion this two party system isn’t working. Maybe I’m not looking at it right or looking to simplistically?
It's also condescending, defensive, and happy-prattle double-speak for "Republican willing to spend taxpayer monies on 'compassionate' causes like food stamps and Head Start."
That "conservative" has zero compassion for me so I say to hell with him. In my book, a compassionate conservative is only the one who has compassion for my right to freedom from government tyranny!
LOL. I wish there was a like button.
Yep. Now they miss Bush? Weird.
Another buggy whip idea manufactured by Democrat, misogynist, Conservative woman hater, and loser Tokyo Rove.
Compassionate Conservatives came from W, forcing conservatives into a corner.
Conservatives are compassionate toward everything the constitution allows for.
And that means being compassionate for the innocent children of today being strapped with Obama’s debt.
You mean “Conservatives” that are “Compassionate” with other peoples’ money.
Conservatives are by far more compassionate.
The difference is that the giving and helping is done privately, by the individual.
Compassionate conservatism, if it means the government confiscating money from one group to give to another, is just another term for socialism.
Now that you mention it ‘John Weaver’, killing immigration reform IS on the list.
It’s really chilling to know that aholes like this have been running things for decades, and getting away with it.
So damn thankful that masks are all falling away, expose each and every one of these frauds!
Jill you ignorant liberal slut.
Don't you just love it when liberal douchebags like Jill here write opinion pieces that are supposed to make conservatives better people and more electable?
As if there is a single conservative out there today who would embrace the tainted "compassionate conservative" appellation.
Jill, there's an empty space in your skull, and nothing is willing to fill it.
But there are still gullible dummies out there who might say...”Why can’t we be compassionate, like she says?”
The Freeper with the name “Conservatism_Is_Compassion” had it right.
This is an unsupported assertion. The words "compassionate conservative" were stolen from Mike Savage without proper accreditation, and without actual implementation. Bush justified mindless spending on liberal failed policies.
Compassionate conservatism lives today through the "Tea Party."
The Tea Party members believe in fiscal responsibility, common sense legislation, the love of God and country, and the sanctity of life.
The compassionate conservatives agreed that Americans have a right to own a home. That worked out well...
How compassionate was it to drive millions of marginally qualified people into homes they could not in reality afford? Leaving them more impoverished than they were before the “nudging” by the compassionate government.
AU CONTRAIRE; Heroes only appear in time of great need. In normal times, they are just ordinary men.
Today, we are seeing the emergence of true American heroes.
Don't despair for your children and grandchildren. While we truly are living in desperate times, real men, the kind that built America, are begining to appear among us.
Not an ounce of gravitas in this metrosexual twit.
I get the feeling that the next election will be a big purge of Ruling Class insiders all over the board.
“There’s an empty space in the Republican Party where compassionate conservatism used to be, and an opportunity for a presidential prospect to step into the breach. “
What?! Is there a Stupidity shortage that we were not notified about?
Dubya the Idiot Son wrecked California with his preference for illegal aliens over the citizens of the United States- I guess ‘Jill Lawrence’ thinks we need one more liberal Republican dunce in order to finish off the rest of the country.
Unless I have lost my mind—I believe the first ne to use the term “a gentler more compassionate conservatism” was HW Bush in his nomination acceptance speech. I remember the media commenting that it was a slam at President Reagan.
“I believe the first ne to use the term a gentler more compassionate conservatism was HW Bush in his nomination acceptance speech. I remember the media commenting that it was a slam at President Reagan.”
You are correct on both points. It was our first official notice of just how bad a Bush Presidency was going to be.
Our conservatism is our compassion.
“The shutdown is threatening nutrition programs, cancer treatment, salaries, jobs, and much more.”
What an obscenity that none of those existed before ObamaramaCare.
Leave compassion to individuals... let the government secure the greatest amount of freedom and you will see greater compassion...
Nope, there are still a ton of RINOs who love stupid buzz terms.
I’ll vote DEMOCRAT and get it over with before I’ll vote RINO.
They’re just Dem moles anyway.
If ANY Republican HIRES THIS LOSER, DON:T VOTE FOR THEM!!!
Used to be (supposedly) they hated big government and wanted everyone to have freedom to do what they wanted as long as it didn't hurt anyone else. Now, they want a despotic government and to squash the rights of anyone who disagrees with them.
Thank you! :-)
Conservative = constitutionalist, limited government, maximum freedom. Examples Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Ronald Reagan. There are few elected conservatives, the natural example of the "conservative" is homo Americanus, the ordinary hard-working Americano.