Ironically I think the thing that is really going to sell politically in the near term is “Socially Conservative, Fiscally Liberal”.
A candidate on the right side of all the leading social issues, who will still “preserve and maintain” Social Security, while “going after those Grrrrreeeedy Eeeeeeevil Wall Street Bankers”. will clean-up electorally IMO.
For sure there are a whole lot of voters in my area who won’t vote for Dems because their social positions are anathema. But they are 110% on-board with Blue Model Economics. If the Dems were to flip to Social Conservatism they’d probably never lose an election here again.
I am sure there are countless pieces that have been written that are far worse than this one. I haven’t had a cup of coffee this morning (it is still brewing) so maybe my judgement is a bit clouded but it is really a struggle to think of anything written by anyone that is as bad as this one.
Years ago I actually enjoyed Jonah Goldberg’s stuff every now and then. This, however, is an absolute low. At least now I can look forward to Goldberg’s stuff in the future because it just cannot get any worse than this piece.
Not only does being socially liberal cost you your soul it also hits you and everyone else in the pocketbook.
If Bob voted for Obama he is not a conservative. Bob is a straw man.
Hmmm....this sounds like a plan that could work!
We have a GDP of 15 Trillion and our debt is 16 trillion. We aren’t really broke. That is like saying to someone who makes 50 thousand but has 53 thousand in debt that he is broke. No he just has to pay off that 53,000 dollars in debt. The debt is large but as long as the 50K person pays their monthly bills they are fine.
I don’t know any people like ‘Bob’
I know plenty of people who were mad as hell about the reckelss spending of Bush and Obama and the endless bailouts and ‘stimulus’, the loss of rights under the Patriot Act, SOPA, NDAA etc ... but who had NO ONE TO VOTE FOR in this past election because the Republican party honchos chose a total WUS who gave ZERO indication that he was going to do anything substantive about fiscal matters, Constitutional protections (or social issues for that matter)
Goldbergs article is a total strawman.
Go tilt at your strawman ‘Bob’
Meanwhile others of us will work to get rid of the Republican WUSSES R US party.
A true fiscal conservative is also a ‘social’ conservative. And national defense conservative. Or they should be.
Let me sum up this article.
“Yes, but the Democrats are worse.”
Well, no kidding, Jonah. We all know that. Even the dreaded SoLibFisCons know that. The vast majority of them actually do vote GOP, but raise these concerns as a warning as to why the GOP can’t pull new members.
There’s a vast number of non-voters in this country that are turned off by both parties. For the GOP, they’d be winnable, were it not for the Rick Santorum/Akin/Mourdock factor.
You can wail and gnash your teeth against this unhappy truth all day long, but many people who are open to the idea of smaller, fiscally responsible government simply can’t get over their dislike of heavy handed religious themes in politics. It strikes them as hypocritical, and they won’t bite.
The GOP underestimates the social damage done to the brand by quote pro-rape anti-evolution unquote leaders at their peril.
In a nutshell, the left and almost-left are uneducated in politics and know only the sound bites on TV.. that’s what they repeat. They also have a short attention span and lean lazy in doing any research. They choose to believe what they hear and not what they should know. Thus, the misconception of who conservatives are... or who the Republicans are/have become. I hear them repeat those sound bites... and even though none of them are true, they think they are real smart by being able to recite them. To be so shallow and to be willing to stay that way....
It offends me to hear myself being called what they think I am. No way to defend against it... we are trash and crazy. They don’t know they are being cooked and we are trying to save them.
If the Republicans want me to vote for them, then get some Republicans at are actually republican!
How freaking hard is that to understand?
There’s no such thing as a fiscal Conservative/social liberal. You cannot pay for a leftist social agenda by being a fiscal Conservative. It costs beaucoup bucks.