Basil Faulty: I mean, have you seen the people in room six? They’ve never even sat on chairs before. They are the commonest, vulgarest , most…
Faulty Towers 1975
…because his piece at Forbes absolutely nails it:
Have you ever noticed how many of the most prominent conservative voices in America sound more like liberals? I have, and I believe they are in class all their own: they have a special mission and fit a particular profile.
They are what I like to call ‘kept cons.’ They are ‘kept’ by liberals in that kept cons generally work for liberal institutions and seem to fill the role of token conservative; they write conservative columns for national liberal newspapers or appear as conservative hosts or commentators on CNN or MSNBC or CNBC; but they don’t sound all that conservative. You can spot them slamming Sarah Palin or tamping down on the Tea Party. Their usual message is always something like, “I’m a conservative but these other people, these gun owners/southerners/TEA Partiers/Tax Cutters/Randians/Supply-siders/Pro-lifers/Climate Change Deniers/Libertarians/Gun Nuts/ Gold Bugs, etc., are beyond the pale.
This is a perfect description of Joe Scarborough who always seems to have a bad thing to say about a Pat Toomey and the entire GOP presidential field except for Jon Huntsman & Mitt Romney, at least until Romney was nominated and then found fault.
I don’t think I can put it better than the Club for Growth:
Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller essentially responded by pointing to the scoreboard in recent primaries in which conservative insurgents have prevailed and emerged as influential GOP leaders.
“They are welcome to support the likes of Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist and David Dewhurst,” Keller said of the new Crossroads group. “We will continue to proudly support the likes of Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.”
On the net we call such folks “concern trolls”. I suspect if I was willing to do the same DaTipJar would always be full, but if you are a member of the GOP you will never go broke if you are willing to hit the party.