Skip to comments.Establishment Republicans Want to Redefine the Term "Conservative"
Posted on 09/21/2011 8:00:41 PM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
RUSH: Folks, this is a little Inside Baseball, but it's important because he who controls the language ends up winning the debate, and it might seem like a small thing, but I have learned and I have been given to understand that the "establishment Republicans" hate the term. They don't like being called "establishment Republicans," and they are trying to change the term to "establishment conservatives" and in the process co-opt the definition of "conservative" and conservatism. It's not something that you'll notice if you watch cable news or even read. You have to be able to see the stitches on the fastball, you have to be able to read between the lines, and you have to know some stuff going on behind the scenes (and, of course, I am in a position to know these kinds of things).
So don't doubt me on this. The establishment Republicans are the establishment Republicans. The Republican leadership is the Republican establishment, meaning the elites. They hate it and they are in the process of trying to redefine who conservatives are and what it is -- and if they succeed, the conservatism that you and I hold dear will no longer be the definition of conservatism. If they succeed, the current thinking of the Republican establishment will be what is called modern day conservatism. Don't doubt me on this. It sounds like a small thing, but in a daily ebb and flow you'll not even see any news about this, but it's in important because it's crucial who controls the language, who controls the way words are defined.
You and I know that the establishment Republicans don't like conservatives. They didn't like Reagan. They were embarrassed of Reagan. They were embarrassed of us. They didn't like the Moral Majority, they didn't like the Christian right, they don't like the pro-lifers. They don't like the social conservatives at all. They're embarrassed by us, in many ways, with their other buddies, the establishment Democrats -- which combined gives us the Washington establishment, and they very much prefer to be members of that club than ours. But they know that it doesn't help them to be called "establishment Republicans." So they're trying to take the term "conservative" and co-opt it and define it as they behave, write, speak, and even vote on matters of politics.
This is the one thing that the media and the republicans can agree on. Defeating conservatism. And even moreso these days, with the Tea Party hanging around causing trouble.
the kill the baby but give me a tax cut Republicans.
Rush is so right and will not doubt him on this one. I can see it too with my own eyes..
“The establishment Republicans”-
Better known as “The Cocktail Party Republicans”.
“Rush is so right and will not doubt him on this one. I can see it too with my own eyes”..
It matters little what name anyone puts on it . Another head fake and waste of time. Hey lets talk about vaccines .
Establishment Republicans already have a term for their pose.
It's spelled R I N O.
Thanks for the warning Rush. In days gone by the media/political elite machine would have zipped this fast ball right past us.
Now with your help, we can see the stitches on their fastball and anticpate their change-ups.
Kind of like the way the Unions and 0bama redefined “Working People” and “Middle Class” to mean ONLY good little Union Drones and Union Thugs.
This is precisely why I am beginning to think that Sarah Palin is the best bet. And I could not say that until recently.
Well, let them call them selves establishment conservatives, the establishment part gives it away. The rest of us will simply call ourselves “real” conservatives, and we will continue to call the RINOs what they really are. Left wing a**hats in right wing clothing.
Michael Savage calls them the “Checkpants Republicans”
RINO is a bit simpler though :D
FR is filled with these types. You can find them in every topic boosting about how great Rick Perry is and in every True conservative topic bashing Palin or Bachman.
Hopefully the real conservatives can mount a fight this election and actually nominate someone who is a true conservative and the country will be better for it.
Rush is so right and will not doubt him on this one. I can see it too with my own eyes...
I agree. I heard him saying this today, and thought to myself that I’ve seen this going on among “Establishment Republicans” for quite some time...
NO, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, etc., you are NOT “Conservatives.”
They have been known as the country club Republicans. They are a small minority of the party and they like being the minority in power with their friends, the country club democrats “ruling” over the stupid people.
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