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.

and Israel:

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.





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.

…when he suggested in comments that this advice to Sarah Palin:

Unfortunately I suspect a lot of professional consultants, including some close to her, want her to run because they see a meal ticket that will keep them in cigars and whiskey for years.

…might be better given to Jon Huntsman.

This pre-assumes that as Charles seems to believe Huntsman is being used by people who are feeding his ego. It has been suggested that Huntsman is a media creation. I think that’s right. As Jennifer Rubin says:

I’ve yet to find a single Republican office holder, former campaign adviser, or conservative activist who takes Huntsman seriously.

Neither have I and I suspect she speaks to a lot of more moderate GOP folk than I do.

What’s going on here? I think people are reading this Huntsman stuff entirely the wrong way:

Huntsman isn’t running to become president. He’s running to become a presidential version of what Dede Scozzafava would have been, the goto Republican for the MSM when they want to attack the GOP.

The big difference is unlike Dede who needed to win to become that voice, Huntsman can lose and still fulfill this function.

He can be on Morning Joe or Spitzer and be introduced as “former GOP presidential candidate” and will make a living on the airwaves and in the GOP cocktail circuit telling anyone who will listen what is wrong with the “extreme” agenda of the GOP. As David Frum has demonstrated, it’s a living.

Stacy at the Spectator talks about Miller’s victory and makes an important point:

Miller’s victory was a vindication for a lot of people who have grown tired of seeing the GOP act as accomplices to the remorseless expansion of federal power. The campaign succeeded in large measure because the Tea Party movement has turned long-simmering conservative discontent with big-government Republicanism into an organized national force. Ever since the 2008 TARP bailout of Wall Street — for which Murkowski voted — more and more GOP voters have joined the insurgency that helped fuel the Miller campaign in accomplishing a rare thing: The defeat of an incumbent senator in a Republican primary.

It should not be forgotten that many establishment republicans were talking “repair” rather than “repeal” obamacare. The establishment Republicans are a lot more interested in driving the chuck wagon the stopping the gravy train. It’s only the tea party that keeps them honest. Smitty has a metaphor for this here.

…they always love republicans who won’t vote for republicans:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: If you had to vote between Toomey the conservative Republican or Specter the ex-Republican, who would you vote for?

TOM RIDGE: It’s a wonderful country, this America: it’s called secret ballot.

MATTHEWS: Come on!: aye or nay?

RIDGE: You got my answer, Chris: that’s hardball.

You know I don’t recall them having a lot of love for Ridge when he worked for homeland security in the Bush administration, but they will love him as long as he feeds the dog.