GOP: Some Old Dogs Have No Tricks
Not Stacy McCain's usual hangover at Am-Spec. There's a bit of discussion between him and Quin Hillyer I find interesting. Unfortunately, it prompts me to probably tick off a good many conservatives.
My belief that the all-star conservative endorsements for Ken Blackwell could make him a favorite proved woefully misguided. … Blackwell's endorsements from Steve Forbes, Ed Meese, Brent Bozell, David Keene, et al., which seemed so impressive to me and others, simply did not penetrate the opaque loyalties of the voting members.
Is there a noteworthy absence of any females in that list? With absolutely no disrespect meant to those fine gentlemen, or their organizations – which grew up with Reagan – I believe they are ultimately yesterday's GOP, though continuing to have a tremendous amount to offer. I'm aware of and have interacted with each organization at least a little bit from my time down here. To put it candidly, for the most part, what they also do to a degree is hold back a new GOP which, hopefully, will be somewhat more Libertarian, though certainly still conservative, as well. In my opinion, they are Old School as organizations, more DC-esque than grassroots now and suck up too many valuable resources, some of which would probably serve the GOP better in younger, fresher hands. And I say that as no youngster myself.
As to Quin's item, again with no disrespect intended:
What the RNC said is that the conservative movement means nothing to it.
What conservative movement?
Or do you mean that thing that gave us eight years of another Big Government Bush, … who I nonetheless still admire and salute for his fortitude? The one that out of involvement, or non gave the GOP John McCain as its standard bearer this year? Or do you mean the one that still has not managed to find a way to effectively merge the fine and important forces of the Religious Right into the GOP by incorporating values without alienating so many good minded, Right-leaning citizens who wish to participate in a civic activity that is and should be, by definition, secular?
And unfortunately, from what I can tell, while believing that Katon Dawson is not a racist, given that so many RNC members flirted so deeply with a public relations nightmare due to Mr. Dawson's country club membership at such a pivotal time in our political history, I can only assume that it is not only old guard GOP organizations that have not either kept pace, or in touch with the world we live in today.
As much as I'd like to ponder at length the phenomenon of the GOP/conservative disconnect, or contemplate the significance of the 77 votes for Katon Dawson on the final ballot, my synapses are too frayed for any serious thinking now. If anybody else has some unfatigued brain cells they'd like to apply to these Big Picture questions, please have at it.
My only hope is that two years is enough time to at least begin some much needed change and refreshing of the GOP and any aligned movement so that we might be able to gain back some ground against the now extremely powerful liberal movement holding onto all but complete power in Washington.
Frankly, that the above came to pass under the watch of today's GOP and "conservative movement" tells me about all I need to know about them both as presently comprised.