Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | June 2, 2009

Attention moderate conservatives: Is this the party you want?

In a post entitled My Party of Cowards, conservative commentator John Batchelor blogs at The Daily Beast about his party’s shameful reaction to President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. Key quote:

After hearing out 100 hours of indecency hurled at the ardent and articulate Sotomayor by the Nouveau Demagogues and their choir, and hearing nothing in passionate rebuke from the GOP leaders on the Hill, it is time to accuse each and every one of the Republicans in Congress of betrayal. It is time to say they have abandoned the people who elected them to represent a political party that was built, at the heroic moment of its birth under the guns of the slavers, upon a belief in liberty for all. It is time to challenge them to speak up loudly for our better angels in the face of the conjurers or else confess their lack of interest in the history of the party and find another, less-demanding vocation.

When will rank and file Republicans rise up and tell the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Tancredo, Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and more that they do not run the party? Will moderate conservatives reclaim their party, or will the GOP become so fringe that they’re irrelevant?

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  1. I’m hoping for irrelevance, honestly. But remember that it wasn’t so long ago that people were talking about a permanent Republican majority. The pendulum will swing back. Eventually. In listening/talking to people (most likely Republicans, although I can’t say that for sure) across the country, there are a lot of people completely wacked out by the economy and President Obama. These are the people who are predicting the end of the world as we know it (i.e. revolution). (I wondered why one person I talked to thought there was going to be a revolution, or rather who was going to revolt. With a Democratic government in place, the ‘poor’ people (of which she is not one) are unlikely to revolt now. If there is a revolution, it will be against oppressive employers, like herself. But I digress, and not very clearly, at that.) I suspect they’re also the ones buying guns and ammo. What frightens me is how short-sighted they seem to be. Big deficits? Hello? Thank George Bush for starting us down that road! President Obama APOLOGIZING to other countries for the US’s behavior? (This appalled someone I know.) Hello? The US acted like a &$#*)@%_)@#$ bully. I’m beginning to wonder if there ARE any moderate conservatives left out there.

  2. I agree that the pendulum swings, and anyone who thinks that the Democrats have a permanent majority is guilty of wishful thinking. That said, I’m not at all convinced that when the pendulum swings, the party that’s on the other end of its path will be the GOP, unless more moderate voices in that party take their party back.

    There are some moderate conservatives, but they don’t vote in the Republican primaries in sufficient numbers. Extreme conservatives “own” the Republican primaries, and they send extreme conservatives to the general elections. As an example, Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t have survived a Republican primary in California. He needed the odd-ball recall election without a primary season to have any shot at the governorship.

    In addition, the wingnut branch of the party has a lock on conservative media, meaning that wingnuts like Beck and Limbaugh and Weiner/Savage and Ingraham and Schlessinger and Malkin reinforce the wingnut POV and anyone with moderate tendencies is put off by them.


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