Skip to comments.Five Annoying Types Of Republicans
Posted on 06/15/2012 5:36:03 AM PDT by Kaslin
The mainstream media is awash with criticism of Republicans, but it always denounces the wrong people. If you listen to the media, you'd think the GOP is being wrecked by people like Jim DeMint, Allen West, Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party. In other words, the real problem with the Republican Party is supposed to be the responsible conservatives who put their country first, want to keep us from going broke, and actually represent the people who elected them. Wrong answer, buddy. You want to know the types of Republicans that are hurting the GOP?
1) The Sell Outs: Liberals love pundits who claim to be conservatives, but tell them what they want to hear about the Republican Party. So, if you have no integrity, like say David Frum, David Brooks, Meghan McCain, Joe Scarborough, or Kathleen Parker, you call yourself a Republican, but spend most of your time criticizing your “own side.” Nothing on the Left ever seems to get you as agitated as the things the people "on your side" do. Liberals get a pass for the same sort of comments that infuriate you when it comes out of the mouth of a conservative. That's because when you're a performing seal for the Left, you have to be tame and balance a ball on your nose just the way the Lefties like or they might stop giving you fish.
2) The Purists: Of course, you can go too far in the other direction, too, like the members of the "I'm more conservative than you" club. These are the people who tell you there's no difference between the Republican Party and the Democrats. They take their ball, go home, and don't vote in the general election when the candidate they support doesn't win a primary. Issues like electability, the chances of actually passing legislation, and what the general public wants are never taken into consideration. This is how you end up with people who think we can do better than Scott Brown (71% ACU rating) in Massachusetts or that we can just decide to never raise the debt limit again, even though we've already spent all of the money. If you want to have it your way, go to McDonald's because you're not ever going to get everything you want in politics.
3) The Appropriators: If there's one defining difference that separates Republicans from Democrats, it's spending. Republicans want less of it, Democrats want more -- well, at least that's how it should be. Yet, there are big government Republicans. There are Republicans who love earmarks. There are Republicans who think it's fine to fritter taxpayer money away, but they just want to waste a little less than the Democrats. These people are not just killing the Republican brand; they're helping to ruin the country.
4) The Bubbleheads: One of the idiosyncrasies of D.C. Republicans is that many of them are smart people, they're well informed, they have inside info, and they consider themselves to be conservative -- yet they have no idea how out of touch they are with the base and the rest of the country. This is how you end up with Republicans supporting Bridges to Nowhere, increased National Endowment of the Arts funding, or pushing comprehensive immigration reform and Harriet Miers. The average talk radio listener or blog reader has a better read on politics in some areas than senators and congressmen because they're not mired in that D.C. bubble with aides, consultants, pollsters, and lobbyists all pushing the same monolithic way of thinking. If you're a Republican in D.C. who doesn't get that, you're part of the problem, not part of the solution.
5) The Compromise Fetishists: There's nothing wrong with compromise per se. Republicans should be willing to compromise with Democrats -- if it's on a bill that will make the country significantly better overall. How many bills are there fitting that description that have been passed in the last decade or so? Certainly no more than a handful -- and none have been passed during the Obama Administration. That's because "compromise" in D.C. usually starts with the idea that Democrats get 90% of what they want and then Republicans negotiate to see how badly they're going to lose. Yet, we hear some Republicans lauding compromise like it's a worthwhile goal in and of itself. A compromise on a bad bill isn't a win. Did Republicans make a mistake by refusing to work with the Democrats on the stimulus or Obamacare? Should they have worked with Obama to raise taxes, pass comprehensive immigration reform, or to do another stimulus? Of course not! Half of stupid is still pretty stupid, stupid.
Any Republicans who think we haven’t compromised enough over the past few decades please stand up. ...Leave now. Those who think it is time for Democrats to compromise move up to the front.
Seems like a list to try to get people to vote for the extreme left-wing liberal Romney the Republican party has put up.
Either a person is a Purist and holds onto their convictions or else they are a Sellout and have compromised their convictions.
Reagan was not a southerner and Rush Limbaugh has fought long and hard for the conservative cause..I live in fly over country and thank God for it.
Great article! Thanks for posting Kaslin.
Well, that didn’t take long.
I wouldn’t call myself a purist. No one’s ever going to be perfect. I just want a candidate who isn’t an abortion-enabling, Planned Parenthood-donating, sodomite-loving, homosexual adoption-pushing, tax-raising, global warming-believing, gun-banning, amnesty-pushing, socialist health care-establishing LIBERAL.
There are certainly FReepers who quite vociferously aver that they will vote for neither Obama nor Romney.
NO. I wish every state that made war on the South was a communist run state and the inhabitants lived in collective misery-especially you. At the same time the South was an independent republic like the founders envisioned, one that Lee and Davis tried to preserve from the Illinois Butcher and his blood thirsty minions.
As pointed out elsewhere, President Reagan was not from the South, but Carter, Clinton and Huckster are. Hmmm.
How proud you must be.
“The so-called purist here NEVER claim to stay home and not vote, esp. NEVER tell others to stay home and not vote.
There are certainly FReepers who quite vociferously aver that they will vote for neither Obama nor Romney.”
Those “purists” are charter members of the re-elect Obama committee.
Jeez,take a chill pill dude...
Getting on here and making enemies of fellow conservatives by calling them idiots if they don’t agree with you about how utterly wonderful southerners are— it just seems counterproductive, you know?
FYI, the Civil War is over, let’s move on. Conservatives in Montana may take issue with your characterizations, we Illinoisans would be a red State were it not for Cook County, you really need to keep your broad brush to yourself.
A conservative in New England and New York is about as worthless as tits on a mule. All they do is gum the works in the primaries and are no help otherwise. Mule Tit Republican’s opinions are as worthless as the communist states they inhabit. I feel sorry for them.
Well, considering that the bastion of conservatism known as Virginia only managed to allow Romney and Paul on the Presidential primary ballot, you may want to tone down your hypocritical rhetoric.
Your own State has it’s own head buried in a steaming cow pie but somehow you’re able to muster up enough monkey crap to throw at somebody else.
So I see you would have preferred to be a neo-colonial plantation for Britian and France. Real history shows that Jefferson Davis couldn’t win the war, but Napoleon III and Disraeli would have.
I would rather be in the #2 than the others. 1,3,4 and 5’s are not worth a pitcher of warm goat snot.
Show me a republican that can negotiate a 65-80% to our advantage a compromise and I’ll consider the #5 variety.