Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Anybody else tired of being a good loser?

Thomas Sowell calls the Republican establishment the "8th Wonder of the World".
Yet this is not just about Mitt Romney. He is only the latest in a long series of presidential candidates backed by a Republican establishment that seems convinced that ad hoc “moderation” is where it’s at — no matter how many of their ad hoc moderates get beaten by even vulnerable, unknown or discredited Democrats.
Republican "moderation" (translation: "cluelessness") was most recently on display in the fiscal cliff negotiations, in which Republicans, once again, allowed Democrats to initiate tax hikes in return for a promise to reduce spending at some later date. In two months, we'll be facing another cliff; anybody seriously think Democrats will be willing to throw in the towel on spending and entitlements reform?

If you can't articulate a policy of government restraint and individual liberty, and act on it, then it's impossible to accept that you really intend to oppose Democratic economic imperialism. John Boehner is content to lead an orderly withdrawal. Me? I'm not ready for a Republican House commanded by the equivalent of General Joe Johnston. Boehner needs to go.

Update: With respect to future Republican presidential candidacies, as far as I'm concerned , Chris Christie need not apply.


mojo said...

Boehner doesn't even know what a principle looks like, how can he be expected to stand on one?

Anonymous said...

Deborah said... Is anyone else tired of elected Progressive elites calling on other elites to pay their "fair share" when they (the Progressive elites) won't be effected by it? They need to be called out...but then that would take cajones.

RebeccaH said...

I'll happily wave bye-bye to Mr. Speaker Hangdog Orange-Face, but I wish I had more confidence that there's anyone better qualified to take his place.

Robert of Ottawa said...

I again point to the historical evidence of Canada. In that fine but politically monopolized land, the "Liberals" (think US terminology, although that was the name of a political party) held power for so long, the "conservative" party thought it had to adopt liberal policies to get ellected.

What is the point, then, of getting elected?

Also, the populace knew that why vote purple, when you can vote red (there was no blue to vote for)

It took a decade of internecine warfare for a truly conservative party to emerge, and hey guess what?, it got elected.

It still has to make many compromises with a liberal establishment, judiciary, state bureaucracy, media, etc. but it at least isn't speudo conservative.

Note 1: Up here, red is left, blue is right.
Note 2: Conservatives only get elected when they run on a Right platform. Everyone understands high taxes, debt, government interference and the plain stupidity of liberal talk

Robert of Ottawa said...

Mojo,to paraphrase Monty Python, he could be standing on one [strike]in his spare time [/strike] by accident

Albury Shifton said...

I knew Christie had gone native when he was sucking up to Obama rather than Romney during Sandy. Wiser heads than mine have been withholding their applause for Christie for some time.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen a politician do such a complete disappearing act as Mitt Romney. Where is he? Would he have pulled the same trick if he met a set back in the White House?

And Paul Ryan voted FOR the Cliff deal. I think half the country got whip-lash from that egregious about face.

And then take John Boehner - please! South West Ohio is rather a hot bed of Tea Party activity. A Tea Party endorsed candidate displaced the incumbant Republican in the primary and was elected to the new Congress in the district adjacent to Boehner's. I think John-boy will have the fight of his life trying to keep his job. The people are not amused or impressed by his spinelessness.