Once upon a time, Republicans and Democrats used to fight with each other. I am not sure why all that changed, but anymore, Republicans are fighting with each other and Democrats are sitting back and enjoying the ride. One thing I do know, RS McCain couldn’t be more right when he states that incorrect analysis of the Republican Party’s ills favors the Democrats.
As I stated here and here, Republicans are seeking leaderships, not a bunch of “me, too” hustlers who mistakenly believe that they will get a seat at the grownup table by mimicking the Democratic party line. Some have decided that liberals have the winning game plan, but even when they’re right, the “me, too” Republicans are executing the wrong plays.
Liberals have the MSM on their side, so what do the likes of Tom Ridge and Colin Powell do? They run to every talk show that is willing to splash their faces on a screen and smack talk conservatives. They know they will be asked about Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and they are all too happy to tell their host exactly what they want to hear. Imagine instead, this exchange:
Host: “Is Rush Limbaugh the voice of the Republican Party?”
Ridge: “ Rush Limbaugh is an important voice in the Republican Party. He reaches over 20 million people who tune in because they agree with his message.”
Host: “But do you agree with his message?”
Ridge “Sometimes. Sometimes I don’t. That’s okay. I respect what Rush brings to the table and think he should keep it up.”
And thus ends Tom Ridge’s talk show career. Call me a heartless cynic, you’d be right, but I can’t help wondering who these people are really trying to promote. Too many “Republicans” are trying to hedge their bets by playing on both sides of field. Obviously, they’ve slept through the last two election cycles.
Republicans lost in 2006 because once they had their chance they stopped promoting conservative ideals, the ideals that put them in office, and began acting like a bunch of Democrats. Then, instead of getting the message that conservative voters were trying to send them, in 2008 they ran as quasi-liberal, “me, too”s again. How many times do they have to lose before they hear what the voters are saying? Barack Obama did not win by appealing to the middle. He won by appealing to the Left and Republicans will not win until the appeal to the Right.
McCain, the other one, points out, “This is not debate club. The Democrats are not interested in "civil discourse," and your fearful hand-wringing is worse than useless in the present situation.” Amen.
If Republicans insist on acting like a bunch of losers that is exactly what they will be. I’d rather cast my fate with conservatives who know how to fight.