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Conservatives, Cut Bush Slack
The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 22, 2002 | Thomas Roeser

Posted on 06/22/2002 9:46:05 AM PDT by quidnunc

This summer will mark the 47th year since I took my first Republican job: as public relations director for the party in Minnesota. Since then I have rarely strayed from politics, or my party. I served as a staffer to two GOP congressmen, to a GOP governor, as a federal appointee to Richard Nixon and as a corporate executive who supported in Washington and Springfield much, if not all, of the Republican agenda.

You can describe me as a conservative. Thus I am qualified to say that although I dearly love conservatives, they tend to be querulous, disagreeable and threaten revolt when Republican office-holders don't please them. So it is now with George W. Bush. Here is a president who has surprised us all with the firmness and resolve he showed after 9/11. I must tell you I voted for him with less enthusiasm than I had for many of his predecessors. But his administration has pleased me often — most notably on two issues: defense of America and social policy.

Yet, Bush has to get re-elected in a country that is evenly divided on philosophy. Thus he must occasionally — on matters that sometimes offend conservatives — dip into the other side's ideology for support. He has done so on three notable occasions: on the issue of steel protectionism, where he departed his free-market proclamations; on the signing of a campaign finance bill tailored by his enemies, and allowing his attorney general (in the words of Libertarian Nat Hentoff in the Washington Times) "to send disguised agents into religious institutions, libraries and meetings of citizens critical of government policy without a previous complaint, or reason to believe that a crime has been committed."

In a perfect political world, where conservatives are in the majority, these things would be sufficient to encourage a boycott of the polls. Either that or a protest vote for the Democratic opposition. But we are not in a perfect world. We conservatives have a president who didn't receive a majority of the votes, and has one house of Congress against him. He must make compromises to get re-elected. Conservatives who do not understand the nature of politics ought to stay in their air-conditioned ivory towers and refrain from political activity altogether. If they cannot adjudge the stakes in this election and the difference between Bush and an Al Gore or a John Kerry (D-Mass.) or a Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), they are foolish indeed.

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Tom Roeser's credentials as an undoubted conservative Republican simbly cannot be challanged without the challanger running the risk of sounding like a crackpot.

He is a politically-savvy commentator who is often Seen and heard on local radio and TV in the Chicago area and so is a known quantity.

1 posted on 06/22/2002 9:46:06 AM PDT by quidnunc
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To: Deb
For your information
2 posted on 06/22/2002 9:47:47 AM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
Thanks for the post, quidnunc, it sums up my feelings very well and much better than I could have. The remainder of the article is also worth a read, especially by those Republicans who are threatening to vote Democrat because "it doesn't make any difference".
3 posted on 06/22/2002 9:55:22 AM PDT by Randjuke
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To: quidnunc
Unfortunately, far too many "conservatives" have seen the movie "Braveheart" which is why you see true conservatives joking, schmoozing and generally getting along with the loyal opposition while those in the former category adopt the slash and burn philosophy of politics. (It's also the reason why the former are forever bitterly disappointed and have very little, if any, influence).
4 posted on 06/22/2002 9:57:00 AM PDT by SBeck
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To: quidnunc
Yet, Bush has to get re-elected in a country that is evenly divided on philosophy. Thus he must occasionally — on matters that sometimes offend conservatives — dip into the other side's ideology for support. He has done so on three notable occasions

Give me a break!

I think the count is eleven (11) and rising daily or weekly depending on the depth of your conservatism.

5 posted on 06/22/2002 10:02:55 AM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: quidnunc
He has done so on three notable occasions

Well that is one convenient memory....the farm bill and the education bills are anything but conservative and as egregious as the steel quotas.

Except for 9/11 and related matters, Bush has at best been a mediocre President thus far....but mediocre is not all that bad, as there has been one outstanding President, two horrible, and the remaining mediocre since 1968.

6 posted on 06/22/2002 10:06:29 AM PDT by RJCogburn
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To: quidnunc
I love the articles you find.
8 posted on 06/22/2002 10:09:00 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: rintense; Howlin; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom; Texasforever; Grampa Dave; Mo1; kayak; kitkat; swheats; ..
PING
9 posted on 06/22/2002 10:09:17 AM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Amerigomag
I agree. Although CFR was betrayal enough for me. This guy is entitled to his opinion but the reason conservatives gripe is because our leaders sell us out. (not all of them, some make me very proud) Liberals walk in lockstep.
10 posted on 06/22/2002 10:09:35 AM PDT by RAT Patrol
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To: quidnunc
The whole article sounds like a "My Party, right or wrong" speech. It is true that sometimes compromise with an opposing party must be done. However, no matter how much this President "dips in" to the Democratic Liberal agengda...The Dem's will not be satisfied and only want MORE consessions. Strong Conservative support elected Bush, and I too fear he is loosing his "grassroots" due to the onslaught of Liberal policies.


For the writer to say many Conservatives that voted for Bush just do not understand and "stay in their ivory towers", without critisizing policies, is laughable. Conservative voters are not stupid....many speak out because "turning the other cheek" is not, and has not worked for a long time.
12 posted on 06/22/2002 10:10:59 AM PDT by JustSayNoNWO
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To: SBeck; Miss Marple; rintense; deport; PhiKapMom; McGavin999; Teacup; mountaineer; JeanS; MJY1288; ..
Bump!
13 posted on 06/22/2002 10:11:32 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: MJY1288
:-)
14 posted on 06/22/2002 10:12:01 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
LOL,
15 posted on 06/22/2002 10:14:02 AM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Howlin
Thanks for the ping. More names to add to our lists.
16 posted on 06/22/2002 10:14:04 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: SBeck
"loyal oppostion" my ass

I don't care to "schmooze" at cocktail parties with RATS and RINOS
17 posted on 06/22/2002 10:14:18 AM PDT by oline
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To: MJY1288
Thanks for the ping. A few more names to add to our lists for the upcoming changes.
18 posted on 06/22/2002 10:14:55 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Tabitha Soren
And yet he has done absolutely nothing to help the millions of innocent babies who are being murdered in cold blood on a daily basis. Why should I cut President Bush any slack?

Be patient, Tabitha. When he appoints his new Chief Justice, everything will change!

19 posted on 06/22/2002 10:15:21 AM PDT by IanSherwood
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To: Grampa Dave
what should the list be called :-)
20 posted on 06/22/2002 10:16:37 AM PDT by MJY1288
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To: valg
Truth is a lot of true conservatives, have read history and are not blind. Bush is a traitor to the american people and the constitution.

You're an unappeaseable. Roeser calls you "foolish indeed."

22 posted on 06/22/2002 10:18:14 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: quidnunc
I may not like or agree with every policy decision Bush has made, but he has my undying support as President. I will never forget what Clinton did to this country and how he laid waste to our defense and squandered the credibility of the high office he held. To those conservative who would whine about Dubya, think of what the alternative almost was.
23 posted on 06/22/2002 10:19:54 AM PDT by ShandaLear
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To: Tabitha Soren
Why should I cut President Bush any slack?

You're a one-issue voter, so you'll never be happy.

Why don't you ask your congressperson why he/she hasn't introduced another pba ban? Bush would sign that in a heartbeat.

24 posted on 06/22/2002 10:20:01 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: quidnunc
3 times? Our count is up to 11 or 12 and some of them have been such doozies, such as the education bill, the farm subsidies and campaign finance reform (there's 3 already) that I doubt I will even consider voting for the man again in the general election. He's blown it and I said if W blows it, then never again. I'll take the communists and then we can get on with the final purge of leftism in this country for long while.
25 posted on 06/22/2002 10:20:06 AM PDT by DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
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To: DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
"Our count?"

And who would "our" be?

26 posted on 06/22/2002 10:21:23 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: sinkspur
And you are a RINO pig.
27 posted on 06/22/2002 10:21:27 AM PDT by DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
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To: MJY1288; Howlin
Bulletin! Bulletin! Bulletin!

Yellow Alert. This Thread has been invaded by the Axis of Whining Weasels!

28 posted on 06/22/2002 10:21:29 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: JustSayNoNWO
JustSayNoNWO wrote The whole article sounds like a "My Party, right or wrong" speech…

No, it's a "You can't do jacksquat if you're on the outside looking in while the Democrats govern" speech.

Cripes, I never realized that my fellow conservatives could be so jackass-ignorant.

29 posted on 06/22/2002 10:21:48 AM PDT by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
Bu$h love$ to $pend doe$n't he?
How much for AID$ in Africa?
Would it be too much to a$k for another mea$ly $300 tax break?
30 posted on 06/22/2002 10:21:54 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: JustSayNoNWO
Conservative voters are not stupid.

Many conservative voters are ideologically dogmatic and politically stupid.

32 posted on 06/22/2002 10:22:24 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
Perhaps you need a new nick:
DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollahBush
33 posted on 06/22/2002 10:23:02 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: sinkspur
Please weigh in on the ag bill, the education bill and campaign finance reform (opening the door to shut it on the 2 Amendments to the Constitution). This should be brilliant, if you indeed you have any in you.
34 posted on 06/22/2002 10:23:18 AM PDT by DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
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To: quidnunc
I still don't understand why some conservatives choose to be loopy idealists like those peacenik fruitcakes during the 60s. I have always thought of conservatives as being the grown-up party-- with the pragmatism and wisdom that comes with being grown-up. The thought that some would throw temper tantrums like toddlers do is really beyond my comprehension, and defies all logic. Politicians are vote whores. Holding your vote hostage against them will just make them go to someone who will give them his or her vote.

It may be a pathology of being happiest when being the most discontented.

35 posted on 06/22/2002 10:23:23 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
And you are a RINO pig.

And you're the first to start with the ad hominems.

You've been here a little over two months, so you'd think by now you'd have learned some manners.

36 posted on 06/22/2002 10:24:51 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah
"I'll take the communists and then we can get on with the final purge of leftism in this country for long while."

AMAZING

37 posted on 06/22/2002 10:25:16 AM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks for the ping. A few more names to add to our lists for the upcoming changes.

So, do you care to enlighten the rest of the forum about your 'list', sir?

38 posted on 06/22/2002 10:25:37 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: sinkspur
DeathtoAraratHamasHizbollah got the boot. just like all other DU trolls.
39 posted on 06/22/2002 10:29:26 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: GraniteStateConservative
It may be a pathology of being happiest when being the most discontented.

Yep, and the biggest bitchers on the Internet are right here, on Free Republic. Many, like flies, have already descended on this thread.

Myopia reigns supreme among the unappeaseables.

40 posted on 06/22/2002 10:29:50 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Howlin
Well the 19% of the religious right with their Gore vote almost fulfilled their protest in 02......
41 posted on 06/22/2002 10:31:14 AM PDT by deport
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To: Randjuke
Are there really Republicans threatening to vote democrat because they feel it makes no difference? Even if it truly did make no difference, why desert their own? I hope they revive from their stupor before the next election.

I talk about what bothers me about our Republican leaders, but I know there is a world of difference between the parties and their agenda's and will vote for the Republican Candidate. I prefer to have my on in office pi$$ing me off, than to have that other bunch in office pi$$ing on America.

42 posted on 06/22/2002 10:31:34 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell
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To: rockfish59
How much for AID$ in Africa?

If you are thinking of entering into politics, you might want to consider another campaign slogan.

43 posted on 06/22/2002 10:33:37 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Admin Moderator
MJY <
Salutes you, You need a weed whacker these days :-)
44 posted on 06/22/2002 10:34:08 AM PDT by MJY1288
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To: MJY1288
"You need a weed whacker these days :-)"

Tell me about it ;^)

45 posted on 06/22/2002 10:35:00 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: quidnunc
Conservatives who do not understand the nature of politics ought to stay in their air-conditioned ivory towers and refrain from political activity altogether.

If a president cannot do something so FUNDAMENTAL and BASIC to the primary responsibilities of the office of presidency--meaning the protection of America’s sovereignty as a nation, then he will never get my vote again. I can overlook a hell of a lot of his social spending and his trampling of the constitution but failing to protect America’s borders and, worse, openly encouraging more illegal immigration with amnesties, immigrant welfare and a steadfast refusal to enforce our immigration laws is just TOO MUCH.

46 posted on 06/22/2002 10:35:02 AM PDT by WRhine
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To: Tabitha Soren
Why should I cut President Bush any slack?



You shouldn't but neither should you cut your other elected officials any slack either. Maybe you could expand on how it is that the President can change things without help from the Congress or Courts.....
47 posted on 06/22/2002 10:36:05 AM PDT by deport
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To: Tabitha Soren
As an independent voter who likes browsing this site and also those further to the left, it's amusing to note that Bush is getting hammered from BOTH sides. The liberals consider him somewhere to the right of Attilla the Hun, and the conservatives are aggravated that he has strayed too far toward the center. On the matter of civil liberties, however, both Left and Right seem to be on the same page- everybody is worried about Ashcroft....
48 posted on 06/22/2002 10:36:14 AM PDT by eagleye
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To: ShandaLear
"To those conservative who would whine about Dubya, think of what the alternative almost was."

Yes the alternative was bad, very bad...but that doesn't mean that conservatives can't be angry at things that Bush does. Anger does not equal me not voting for Bush in '04. And I think that many other "angry" conservatives feel the same way. I made up my mind in '00 when I cast my vote for Bush that I would vote for him in '04 as well.

I also wonder if we (the conservatives that whine) are in such a minority and our opinions don't influence why do the rest of the conservatives want to shut us up all the time?
49 posted on 06/22/2002 10:36:36 AM PDT by oline
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To: quidnunc; Lazamataz
I'd make a sharp distinction between those who say, "Mr. President, {insert name of policy} is a step in the wrong direction" -- call them the loyal opposition, or sincere but disappointed friends -- and the lunatic fringe, perpetually seething because their special 1% gets no respect.

Laz, IMHO you're in the first category. Put on your pants, get over here and say something.

50 posted on 06/22/2002 10:38:14 AM PDT by dighton
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