“What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?”
President Grover Cleveland 1887
One of the most important pieces I’ve read in the last week is Yates Walker’s piece of Christine O’Donnell. He takes on that most cherished of anti-teaparty conventional wisdom, Christine O’Donnell victory in the GOP primary in Delaware was a disaster for conservatives and maintains it is just the opposite. He has much to say but lets lead with a line that every conservative activist should take to heart:
Mike Castle was a leftist’s dream. He was a big-spending, George-Soros-funded, NARAL-approved politician who never met an earmark he didn’t like. Electing him as a Republican weakened the party. In every policy debate that matters, Mike Castle and others like him side with the left. For this, they are rewarded by the media and described as moderate.
This might seem an odd time to bring this up, but it has special relevance today when you consider Chuck Hagel.
Hagel hit the Bush Administration on Iraq. He piled on the president on a regular basis and what was the result?
CBS, ABC, NBC CNN, MSNBC lionized him, he was constantly on the air, for an opinion or a sound bite. When the left (read Media) needed “balance” in their presentation, they could always count on Chuck to provide “bipartisan” opening that began with “some in the president’s own party… like so: (all emphasis mine)
Brokaw: “Iraq has divided this country deeply. Where is the war taking us? What happened to ‘stay the course?'”
George W. Bush: “I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq, I’m not satisfied either and that is why we’re taking new steps to help secure Baghdad.”
Brokaw: “Even longtime Republicans see this election as a vote up or down on those who thought the war was a good idea.”
Sen. Chuck Hagel: “Iraq is the issue. Iraq is the issue everywhere, in every state.”
And not just on Iraq on North Korea:
On NBC’s Today, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman lamented that it’s too late for Bush to salvage peace: “North Korea has concluded that this administration wants their, their head on a wall, basically, and therefore there’s probably nothing the United States can do now, to really reassure the North to give up their nukes, which is really their life insurance policy.” This came just a minute or so after Friedman described Kim as the “Tony Soprano of Pyongyang.”
NBC set up the Friedman interview in which reporter Andrea Mitchell explained that “experts” say this weekend’s tougher steps are insufficient. She quoted Robert Gallucci and Wendy Sherman without telling the audience that the two of them were essential cogs in Bill Clinton’s Kim-coddling regime. For “balance,” they were echoed by Sen. Chuck Hagel.
Mitchell spun the domestic criticism of the Bush administration as bi-partisan but the only Republican critic she could identify was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.
Do you see the trick here? It’s not news if Barbara Boxer or Dick Durbin hit the GOP but if you can find a party member to do it, you get to double your attack AND provide the illusion of “balance” after all this critique is from a Republican. Yates Walker again:
In reality, moderates like Mike Castle are guarantors of conservative defeat. Political debate always ends in compromise. If Castle is “moderate,” then why should anyone entertain proposals from the far right? In every debate, the question is not whether conservatives win, but how much we lose.
Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in 2010. Since that election have you ever once seen the MSM put Chris Coons on the air? Does on MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week or Meet the Press look for his comment on the news of the day or quote him on air? No. Why? Because if blue state Democrat Chris Coons parrots the Obama/Liberal/MSM line it’s not news.
But lets pretend, just for a moment Christine O’Donnell had not run and Mike Castle won that seat. For the last two years you would have seen him on every network as the face of the GOP. He would be the “sensible” face advocating more taxes and spending, the, the “moderate” face to fund abortion, whenever the MSM needed “balance” his face would be there.
And maybe, just maybe in 2020 or so he could have been the token GOP member in a future Democrat administration.
Instead the MSM has to find “no labels” republicans to put on the air, as opposed to actual serving members. They need to fish for squishes in the house caucus because they don’t dare put a Ted Cruz next to Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press again, or give a Kelly Ayotte face time or promote a Marco Rubio unless to hit him for drinking water.
This is the gift Christine O’Donnell gave the GOP by running so hard to win the GOP primary in Delaware in 2010. It’s the gift Doug Hoffman gave the GOP when he defeated Dede Scozzafava and it’s the gift Marco Rubio gave the National GOP when he went to the Senate and sent Charlie Crist to the Democrat convention.
I don’t vote Republican because I have a love affair with the letter “R” or hope to get a member of my (former) club on the inside to provide patronage. It’s to advance ideas i believe in for the benefit of the country and my children and some day grandchildren.
If the GOP forgets this lesson it will die and deserve to. If the nation forgets this lesson it’s the day this republic ends.
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It’s a new week so naturally I’m looking for a new paycheck
15 People at $20 dollars each week pays the bills, on Sunday we found 1 1/4 of them. Now $25 might not seem like much but it’s $25 better than we were this time last week and last week we met our goal by Thursday.
If you think this kind of new media is worth it consider kicking in. Then you can tell your friends you have media working for you instead of against you.