Leading vs Following and The Buckley Rule

February 13, 2013

Thoughts on the Buckley Rule via NRO – link below. For all the back and forth, this really is about leading versus following. For the most part, the GOP is all too happy to follow the media and every other institution toward the Left. It wants to be popular and, consequently, powerful more than anything else.

Conservatives want more. They want to protect and defend ideals. Sure, it can be more complex than that – but that is the dynamic at the heart of all this current fighting across the Right.

Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl

What supporting “the rightwardmost viable candidate” meant in WFB’s lexicon.

via Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl – Neal B. Freeman – National Review Online.

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  1. Ragspierre says:

    Interesting that the “Buckley Rule” has been corrupted by altering just a couple of words.

    Good read, and very timely.

  2. Dan White says:

    So funny. “Conservatism” is all about whining about the librul media, spouting petty resentments, and hand-wringing about not having the right old white man to myth-make and follow around.

    • Ragspierre says:

      See, this is where you AGAIN display how demented and hate-twisted you are.

      Observing and deploring is not “whining”.

      See Rubio, “water-gate”, moron.

      Next, you go into your racist, age-obsessed, sexist BS that the reality of the conservative movement shows is a complete lie.

      Conservatism is about individual liberty, small, effective government, and kind, rational living.

      • Dan White says:

        “Conservatism is about individual liberty, small, effective government, and kind, rational living.”

        Yet, strangely, you can’t seem to convince anyone with an IQ over room temperature that this is true. I wonder why:


        Oh, right, the librul media made you do it.

        • Ragspierre says:



          You are such an idiot.

          Do you know anybody with a even a room temp. IQ? If so, you should get them to try to help you.

          Look up the latest Gallup polling on how supported your Collective is. But you might want to “sequester” all the sharp objects you might have around. (That would leave out your brain, btw.)

          • Dan White says:

            Yes, because a speech writer being a douche is the same thing as Freedom Works enlisting unpaid interns to simulate sex acts as part of an official promotional video.

            And maybe you Thirsty Rubio should tell us why you support violence against women. Librul media made you?

            Or maybe you and Paul Ryan should explain what constitutes “legitimate rape”. Librul media’s fault?

          • Ragspierre says:

            Here, let me help, stupid…

            But for Corn, and Mother, nobody would know about this video (if it ever existed). It was not ever screened in public.

            This is (if true) very poor taste. It is wonderfully NOT “violence against wimmin”, you moron.

            It is being investigated. If Mother is accurate, some heads will roll.

            Compare and contrast Obama’s pet speech-writer broadcasting his “respect” for Clinton (and his own war on women). Did his head roll? Why, NO!!! HE is headed from fat Obami to fat Hollywood wunderkind.

            I respect women. I love women, and raised several. I deplore the coarsening of our culture.

            I would NEVER give cover to a president who engaged in sex with an intern. I would NEVER excuse a serial sexual abuser (who was on his way to destroying his former girl friend until the BLUE DRESS).

            But you did…

            Legitimate rape is what Bill Clinton did to Juanita Broderick.

            You poor, lying, hate-twisted, hypocritical, moronic Collectivist.

  3. Ragspierre says:

    Policy failures, as usually understood, mean nothing to the Democrat party because successes or failures are not relevant to the rationale behind those policies. Policies initiated by Democrats are intended first and foremost to cement the place and power of Democrats in the American polity. As I pointed out awhile back, all the post-election talk about what Obama’s second agenda would be (energy? jobs? foreign policy? and so on) was meaningless since there would be one and only one second-term agenda for this president:

    … to eliminate political and economic competition to himself first and the Democrat party second. There is no other Obama agenda. Not jobs, not economic growth, not anything. Emplacing permanent one-party rule in this country is the sole goal for term 2.

    There is nothing that will sidetrack him and the rest of the party from this goal. Increasing unemployment won’t, nor North Korean nuclear tests, nor a weakening dollar, nor anything else.


    • Ragspierre says:

      Between the North Koreans and the drones mom is afraid to leave the house. I have a BIG Valentines day dinner planned for her at Applebee’s. Appetizers AND entrees.

      Pray that the drones don’t target the minivan for our big night out!

      • Ragspierre says:

        BobintehCT, please have the balls to post in your own name…not mine.

        I know you prefer to lie and play the coward’s game, but it can confuse people (which I know you think is cute).

        And TRY to post something NOT inane.


    • Sanity says:

      It never ceases to amaze how willing you are to cite the dumbest motherfucker on the planet as “support” for your “positions.” Without irony.

      Very telling.

      • Ragspierre says:

        You Arnie Duncan…???

        Boy, you must have really climbed the STOOOoooooOOOOooopid tree and hit all the branches on the way down when your lil’ spindly arms gave out.

  4. Ragspierre says:

    Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has compelled the powers-that-be to cough up the video of one self-described citizen of the world (Thomas Betances) conducting government-approved, government-sponsored, government funded racial harassment (i.e., “cultural sensitivity training”) at the United States Department of Agriculture. It took the USDA eight months to cough it up, but it was worth waiting for.


    Ah, yes… The racist Collective American taxpayers are footing the bill to promote.

  5. Ragspierre says:


    Just another of the outlaw gang at the lead of the Obamabanana Republic.

    Plus, she’s a crazy, anti-science racist.

  6. Steve says:

    Video: Dr Ben Carson on Sean Hannity Show – Saving America Special…


  7. Ragspierre says:

    Gary Cohen, the director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, testified before the Senate Finance Committee, and the Democrats on the committee—from its Chairman Max Baucus to Senators Ron Wyden, Bill Nelson, and Maria Cantwell—tore into him. . . .

    The about-face of these Democrats is a phenomenon worth pausing over. Many formerly supportive constituencies have grown wary of Obamacare in recent weeks as we’ve learned more about the effects it will have on the health care system. But these Senators’ 180-degree turns are something more severe.

    The fate of the Democratic party in America over the next decade is tied to Obama’s healthcare reform. If it is seen to be a success, America could trend Democratic for the foreseeable future. If it fails, liberalism as we’ve known it will take a massive hit. But, so far, support for Obamacare has been waning instead of waxing. Even a recent piece by Talking Points Memo that placed the blame for Obamacare’s potential failure on Republicans noted that the law’s unpopularity with the public at large was the number one threat to its success. Democrats are getting nervous and consequently are trying to put some distance between themselves and the ACA.


    Heh! Told ya!

  8. Ragspierre says:


    Aren’t these pasty white Times guys being raaaaacists, writing stuff critical of a man of color…!?!?


  9. Ragspierre says:


    STACY MCCAIN: “Times change. Back in the day, the Washington Post exposed corrupt cover-ups. Nowadays, they’re active participants in the cover-up. Meanwhile, the guy who originally broke the story, Matthew Boyle continues covering the Menendez scandal at Breitbart.com.”

    Plus, an illustration.

    You NEED to see the illustration…

  10. Sanity says:

    This PROVES that Obama is a secret Kenyan sleeper agent intent on turning Israel over to teh brown Mooslime savages. Also, too, Caliphate.


    • Ragspierre says:

      Stupid, vacant, and hate-twisted.

      Yep. You hit the Collectivist trifecta…!!!

      • Sanity says:

        Angry, obtuse, and flabby.

        Yep. You might be the wingnut brain-trust.

        • Ragspierre says:


          Hardly! I LOVE it when you punk yourself…!!!

          “Obtuse”? See Montoya, Inigo.

          You won’t successfully insult me by calling me stupid, false names. I enjoy watching you get stooooOOOOOOoooopid like this!

  11. Ragspierre says:


    Yep. The science-haters of the Collective (mostly) have killed millions and blinded more millions in the name of superstition.

    But don’t get me started on the slaughter dialed in to the moonpony engineering of Obama’s mileage mandates.