Understanding The Current Primary
Read this entire piece by Jeff Lord at AmSpec. There is mush much wisdom in it. So much so, it's difficult to pull just one quote. How about what Gerald Ford thought of Ronald Reagan?
Writes DeFrank of what Ford really thought: Translation: The thought of Ronald Reagan becoming my party's nominee makes me want to puke.
I've been accused of being a nut for Newt, a panty-waist for Palin 3 years ago, and any other number of things because of conservatives I have backed over the years. Those attacks come from GOP establishment types and clueless "conservatives" who latch on to the word as a brand name with no appreciation for what it actually means to be one. The GOP has co-opted the word until it's almost meaningless.
Jennifer Rubin a conservative? Ha! The nitwit doesn't even know what she is, aside from thinking she's smart. Politically, she's a functionally retarded Leftist re-tread, as are a number of would be conservatives writing under the word today. But I digress.
Newt, Palin, Perry, Santorum, the people mean nothing to me in a particular political sense. It is what they stand for that I fight. If Santorum were up in the polls, I'd fight for him – and have, actually – just as I am fighting for Newt Gingrich as a banner, of sorts – a flag, if you will. I am fighting for conservatism, not some personality, or individual, alleged character flaws, idiosyncrasies and what not and all. I couldn't care less about that stuff right now.
I don't know how this primary ends, except that, hopefully, conservatives will continue to fight on as long as we can under whatever banner is left to us. Maybe we break through and win this year. Maybe we don't. Maybe we get to play a bigger and real role – as opposed to the usual pandering BS – at the convention, maybe we don't. This could be a break through year, or a set-up year as Goldwater was for Reagan and Reagan was for himself before 1980 when he finally broke through.
What I do know is that if we don't fight each and every battle and every time we have any banner to assemble and fight under, however tattered, to carry into the fight, we will lose. And when we lose, America loses. That's what I'm ultimately fighting for.
America has already lost much, to the point it's beginning to look like a nation of losers, not winners possessing the American spirit as I, a conservative, appreciate it. Call it the American Spirit, patriotism, American Exceptionalism, I don't care. But don't call it Newt Gingrich, or Sarah Palin, or Rick Santorum, they are merely fellow warriors just like you and me. It is something far greater that we are fighting for in this primary. And it's damned sure well worth the fight. So, fight on, conservatives, as long as we can in 2012. And, when the battle ends, rest, for we must live to fight on and again.
Now, as I suggested, read Jeff Lord's column here and, by the by, tell Rich Lowry, Jennifer Rubin and whomever else, to shove it where the sun doesn't shine. Being such major elitist, establishment buttholes, they shouldn't have a problem doing that at all.