Skip to comments.The Buckley Rule: Vote for the Most Conservative, Viable Candidate
Posted on 05/14/2014 2:16:41 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
RUSH: Mark in Richmond, Virginia, you're next. Great to have you, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. I'm a longtime listener, and I've listened to you over the years, and one time you said something about trying to elect the most conservative candidate that was electable. Now, correct me on some of the details, but in light of the Tea Party candidates that are trying to get elected running against the establishment machine, I thought this would be relevant to go over what you exactly said and the details of that.
RUSH: I quoted William F. Buckley Jr., who said that you want to support and elect the most conservative candidate who is viable, not electable, 'cause who knows, I mean, who gets to say who's electable and who isn't? You don't know that 'til after it happens.
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Ditch Mitch, in the General, if necessary.
This thinking is what gives us Rino’s ....
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“Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line”.
I think that line is a couple of generations old, but still sometimes germane. When the Democrats fall in love enough to fall in line, they win, but with a much higher percentage of pissy little children who don’t understand that all governance in a Republic *is* compromise and bargaining to represent EVERYONE they don’t fall in line as often as Republicans, thank God.
In a way, the Tea Party wins, even if they don’t elect a single endorsed candidate, because they are forcing everyone to run, and sometimes even govern, to the right.
Just a .02
yeah well Buckley didn’t have to put up with liberal phonies like Willard ...
If he had he would have been more pacific and explained just what he considered a Conservative really is...
I know one thing. I won’t be voting for any of the chamber maidens.
I can vote for a flawed candidate but I won’t vote for a milquetoast put up by the chamber of commies to defeat a tea partier.
If we all voted for the most viable candidate, then, perforce, wouldn’t that make him the most electable? /rhetorical
Absolutely right. I’ll vote for the talking horse before I’ll vote for another hackneyed Republican.
Pick the religion most likely to be true.
The Buckley rule gave us Mooney last nite ... and Sasse. There are 20 more House conservatives who are facing tough primaries.
Saying we should nominate the most viable conservative who can win is ridiculous,. You can never know who is “viable” or “electable” until after the election. That’s like saying you shouldn’t place a bet on a football game until after it’s over.
I think Rush was avoiding the question of Dave Brat vs Eric Cantor. He doesn’t want to get involved and lose ads.
I was happy that the names were being brought up.
I lost all respect for him when he chickened out on the Specter / Toomey primary in 2004. He even brought Specter onto the show the day of the primary, so he did dirty work for the guy who cast the deciding Obamacare vote. One word from Rush and Toomey probably would've won.
This wasn't long after his comeback and I'm sure he was on a short leash from someone. But it sickened me.
you shouldn’t place a bet if it is the 3rd period and you are down 42 to 3
I will support the real conservative, no matter the score
“I will support the real conservative, no matter the score”
Well, fortunately not too many followed that philosophy last night ... the “real conservatives” got few votes, which allowed Sasse of NEB and Mooney of WV to win.
It is the GOPe that tries to run “real conservatives” to score in the single digits and split the grassroots conservative vote.
We have been doing that for years and where are we? In trouble so deep we may never recover. It makes no difference today, most politicians (either Party) are corrupt, greedy, incompetent and care only about being elected or re-elected and to hell with the voters and/or the nation.
What do you mean by “real conservatives”? Second place was a Democrat and third place was the RINO helping the Democrat
Bart 5.7% McLeay is really a real conservative ... but the conservative voters said no to FOLLY and gave the country a new Senator.
If the voters do the same next week in Georgia, they will say no to Col. Larry Mrozinski who will finish 5th or 6th.
And say yes to Barry Loudermilk who will either finish 2nd and make the run=off .... or fall short and finish 3rd.
More to the point, there’s a reason casinos don’t accept bets once the outcome is known lol.
” Politics goes in cycles. The pendulum swings one way, and it comes back the other way.”
Not from where I sit. Politics is not a pendulum, it is a ratchet. Tyranny advances, then is slowed. Then tyranny advances some more, before it is slowed again. then it advances some more...
Tyranny is never reversed by the political process. The size, scope, power, and influence of The Collective grows inexorably until it collapses of its own weight or is supplanted by a revolution.
Not pessimism, just simple observation. It’s not what I want, but it is what is.
If we judge political success by the advancement of an Agenda, then the Left is basically undefeated as their agenda of collectivism and cultural marxism has been advancing unhindered for more than a century, slowed only by the Coolidge and Reagan Administrations.
For starters, there Romney’s ol’ man George.
Oh yes I forgot about him
I believe that in a number of ways, the Left had it’s agenda rolled back by Ronald Reagan. I know that in some ways it continued on too, so I’m not making the case that across the board it was rolled back.
Reagan did what he could with a Democrat House and Senate.
With a Republican House and Senate, things could be rolled back of only they would.
I concede that in our lifetimes things have progressed along the goals of the Left.
Reagan did rebuild our military. He did clean out the nest of communists in the Western Hemisphere in Central America. He did help to bring down the Evil Empire.
Reagan also brought back the ability to be proud of our nation. Under Carter is was not fashionable any longer. Hopefully someone can do this again after Obama.
For the most part, I do agree with the idea the Left is not rolled back. Sometimes it is, and the potential is there.
In 2016, if we play our cards right, we could see a massive roll-back. If we get the House and Senate, and we get a strong fire in the belly Conservative, decades of Leftist agenda could be reversed.
Now, what is job one before 2016? It’s getting folks primed to go Conservative, and getting a candidate for the Presidency, that gets it.
I understand where you’re coming from, and I’m not here to say you’re totally wrong. We’ve been going in the wrong direction for a long time.
Generally Republicans can’t reverse the trend. Hopefully ours will.
Last sentence was intended to read:
Generally Republics cant reverse the trend. Hopefully ours will.
Nice grasp of recent history.
Now he is on the board of Compuware, which the owner with Wackjob's help, stole the Whalers. Wackjob is a commie.
From one ExCTCitizen to another ... Yes, yes, yes and yes.
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