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What Happened to 'Compassionate' Conservatives?
National Journal ^ | October 4, 2013 | By Jill Lawrence

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; journalism; media; rino
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The GOP elites have a home in the democrat party. Purge every last one of them!
1 posted on 10/04/2013 5:12:51 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


2 posted on 10/04/2013 5:15:07 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Need health care? Dial 1-800-F***KYO to reach Obama's hotline)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Never take advice from liberals like the maggot infected mediot writing this bs.


3 posted on 10/04/2013 5:16:10 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Boycott Reno & Las Vegas until those in control there, remove Reid from the senate!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


4 posted on 10/04/2013 5:16:38 PM PDT by Venturer (Obamacare is a criminal act.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Republican strategist John Weaver

His track record sorta sucks for him to be giving advice.

/johnny

5 posted on 10/04/2013 5:16:56 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What's compassionate about using the full force and violence of the federal government to take the fruits of the labor from one person and give it to another? Because the government deals in money, power and violence - not affectionate hugs.
6 posted on 10/04/2013 5:17:17 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
said Republican strategist John Weaver, a veteran of the McCain and Huntsman campaigns.

Well, clearly he is an expert strategist with a resume like that. /sarc.

7 posted on 10/04/2013 5:18:12 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Who is this moron? I’m so sick of this pResident ozero this pResident ozero that I wanna puke! Morons all of them!


8 posted on 10/04/2013 5:18:52 PM PDT by kneehurts
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I killed them.


9 posted on 10/04/2013 5:19:06 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I have never seen anyone more compassionate than Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.


10 posted on 10/04/2013 5:19:36 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
...John Weaver, a veteran of the McCain and Huntsman campaigns...

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.

11 posted on 10/04/2013 5:20:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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!


12 posted on 10/04/2013 5:20:36 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Compassionate Conservativism" got George W. Bush so much slack from the left. They truly loved him as a different kind of Republican.

At least I'm pretty sure that was how it happened in a Trek-like alternate universe. Something else happened here.

13 posted on 10/04/2013 5:22:02 PM PDT by Snake65
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Compassionate is one thing. Co-dependent with welfare addicts is another.


14 posted on 10/04/2013 5:22:17 PM PDT by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I guess they ran out of other people’s money as all statists eventual do.


15 posted on 10/04/2013 5:25:03 PM PDT by gusty
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To: Venturer

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.


16 posted on 10/04/2013 5:25:42 PM PDT by linton59 (. bitter,typical,gun-toting,Bible thumping, indigenous, disinfranchised, 1 of the chattering classes)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Compassionate conservative is swahili for progressive.


17 posted on 10/04/2013 5:26:16 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


18 posted on 10/04/2013 5:28:36 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Everyone make your own way in the world or lie down and die!!!


19 posted on 10/04/2013 5:29:50 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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?


20 posted on 10/04/2013 5:31:06 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Uncle Miltie
“Compassionate Conservative” is redundant.

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!

21 posted on 10/04/2013 5:31:07 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: LibLieSlayer

LOL. I wish there was a like button.


22 posted on 10/04/2013 5:32:35 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight (TEA baby! Let's roll!)
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To: Snake65

Yep. Now they miss Bush? Weird.


23 posted on 10/04/2013 5:34:05 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another buggy whip idea manufactured by Democrat, misogynist, Conservative woman hater, and loser Tokyo Rove.


24 posted on 10/04/2013 5:35:16 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


25 posted on 10/04/2013 5:39:24 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

You mean “Conservatives” that are “Compassionate” with other peoples’ money.


26 posted on 10/04/2013 5:42:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


27 posted on 10/04/2013 5:55:55 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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!


28 posted on 10/04/2013 5:56:39 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.

29 posted on 10/04/2013 5:56:55 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel
B T T T ! ! ! ©

30 posted on 10/04/2013 5:57:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 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.

Jill, there's an empty space in your skull, and nothing is willing to fill it.

31 posted on 10/04/2013 6:02:16 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: onyx; conservatism_IS_compassion

But there are still gullible dummies out there who might say...”Why can’t we be compassionate, like she says?”

Sigh.

The Freeper with the name “Conservatism_Is_Compassion” had it right.


32 posted on 10/04/2013 6:03:30 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: 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.

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.

33 posted on 10/04/2013 6:07:13 PM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


34 posted on 10/04/2013 6:09:40 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: linton59
Sadly, I almost envy friends with no children or grandchildren. I have little hope.

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.

35 posted on 10/04/2013 6:20:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Not an ounce of gravitas in this metrosexual twit.


36 posted on 10/04/2013 6:37:34 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I get the feeling that the next election will be a big purge of Ruling Class insiders all over the board.


37 posted on 10/04/2013 6:39:42 PM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: 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. “

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.


38 posted on 10/04/2013 6:45:35 PM PDT by Pelham (Deportation is the law. When it's not enforced you get California)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


39 posted on 10/04/2013 6:47:15 PM PDT by RightLady
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“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.


40 posted on 10/04/2013 7:14:36 PM PDT by Pelham (Deportation is the law. When it's not enforced you get California)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The DINO's Reid and Obama just showed the world they have no compassion by refusing entrance to WWII Vets at their memorial and also refusing cancer stricken children access to cancer care. In both cases they choose to be reactionary or progressive by taking active steps to close the memorial and refuse to open the cancer Institute. Conservatives would have never done that if the circumstances had been reversed. Conservatives would have acted conservatively.

Our conservatism is our compassion.

41 posted on 10/04/2013 7:18:11 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The shutdown is threatening nutrition programs, cancer treatment, salaries, jobs, and much more.”

What an obscenity that none of those existed before ObamaramaCare.


42 posted on 10/04/2013 7:45:54 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Leave compassion to individuals... let the government secure the greatest amount of freedom and you will see greater compassion...


43 posted on 10/04/2013 7:57:44 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Pelham

yup


44 posted on 10/05/2013 12:19:59 AM PDT by RightLady
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There's an empty space in the Republican Party where compassionate conservatism used to be

Nope, there are still a ton of RINOs who love stupid buzz terms.

45 posted on 10/05/2013 1:05:23 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Who cares?

I’ll vote DEMOCRAT and get it over with before I’ll vote RINO.

They’re just Dem moles anyway.


46 posted on 10/05/2013 2:21:36 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
John Weaver of the McCain and Huntsman campaigns!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA.....LOSER!! DOUBLE LOSER....PROBABLY TRIPLE LOSER!!!!

If ANY Republican HIRES THIS LOSER, DON:T VOTE FOR THEM!!!

47 posted on 10/05/2013 3:18:44 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Better question: "Whatever happened to liberal liberals?"

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.

48 posted on 10/05/2013 3:42:16 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: stilloftyhenight

Thank you! :-)


49 posted on 10/05/2013 4:55:17 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Uncle Miltie
"Compassionate Conservative" = progressive lite. Examples George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, John McCain, Lindsey Graham. You will only find "compassionate conservatives" in political office. There are NO "compassionate conservative" voters. All Chiefs, no Indians.

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.

50 posted on 10/05/2013 7:39:00 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Obama is an historic President. He's America's first 'Dear Leader' President.)
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