January 24, 2009

Day 5


You know something, though? I'm suddenly beginning to have a new feeling about this whole business. While I'm not happy that The One won, on the other hand I'm now not unhappy that Maverick lost, if that makes sense. I suppose I'm getting this from seeing how fast Mav has dropped the conservative lip-service and has gone back to his old habits.

I hope the GOP is paying attention to all this. Perhaps my unicorn is a leaner, meaner truly conservative party going into the next round.

Posted by Robert at January 24, 2009 11:54 AM | TrackBack

I really was hoping for a literal unicorn, personally. Failing that, I'll take a non-mavericky GOP any day.

Posted by: Elliott at January 24, 2009 03:33 PM

Well if you mean a Republican Party that stands for nothing but being anti-gay and anti-abortion, you will get your wish.

That is what the Repubs came to under Bush 2. Individual liberty? Limited Government? Fiscal Responsibility? Yeah, those things went out the window of the Republican party.

As for the anti-gay strategy... in both 06 and 08 the Repubs put anti-gay state amendments to the vote all over the place in order to "get out the vote." The only thing they proved is that even the Dems hate gays. They lost big time in 06 (denying the polls right up to election day) and in 08 (denying the polls right up to election day).

So the standard bearers of the Republicans will move even farther to their "base." Not the people who elected Reagan. (Those people just elected Obama). But the religious right - those people that hate gays, hate abortion, hate non-Christian religions, hate science, and love Jesus.

If you think they will win any elections on that platform, well, then you have your blinders on more firmly than I imagined.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at January 25, 2009 12:09 PM

Do you honestly think we don't understand that? Republicans will never win running on just social issues. These issues do not result in noticeable gains in the electorate. What you seem to be ignoring is the fact that there is a growing number of us who are trying to get the Republican party back to its roots. McCain represents our failure and he failed, now we can attempt to bring the party back to the principles it once had.

Posted by: Elliott at January 25, 2009 01:45 PM

I know that there are a small group of bloggers who want to move the Republican Party in that direction, but I spent a pretty horrible hour watching Huckabee on Fox News talking (for a good part of the hour) about how dangerous Obama's "gay agenda" is, and how things like Employment Non-discrimination will spell the end of Western Civilization.

So yeah, I know some people get it. I just don't think that the people running the Republican Party (who is that?) get it. Bush didn't get. Huckabee, Paul and McCain don't get it. So who gets it, and how are they putting pressure on the Republican leadership? The Senate minority leader is lining up to pass the 8 or 900 billion bailout in a few weeks. That will show how they stand for fiscal responsibility... or not.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at January 26, 2009 12:21 AM