Apparently, rowdy conservatives do like Daniels.
http://article.nationalreview.com/426286/the-anti-obama/mona-charen?page=1Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 26.02.2010 @ 11:37
I have NO problem at all with them being pragmatic. Brown's vote was sheer genius. I have a problem when they work with the other side to actually harm conservatism a la McCain. Arnold is also doing a wonderful job working with the Dems here on green energy. He will have the state bankrupt in no time.
I'm with you Rick on being pragmatic, but your end game must be your side's goals. Being bipartisan for bipartisan's sake is not going to win you elections. BTW, I think Daniels is great. Tax increases suck, but he is probably thinking about deeper cuts in the future after he shows that raising taxes doesn't cut it. Heck, Reagan even raised taxes so it isn't the death-knell for good conservatives.
I do feel honored to have received an "ed." rant though.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 25.02.2010 @ 10:06
As a California conservative, I'd like to ask Rick where his pragmatism got Arnold? Right in the toilet. Arnold worked with Democrats last year and raised our taxes while cutting some government in order to "balance" our budget. Of course, it was shell-game math and our budget is rife with holes again. Arnold's approval numbers? in the 20's. How is that working out for him? It was stated above that working with the other side is perfectly fine when the other side is mature. Raising taxes is not a death knell if they are low to begin with. However, the Dem leadership in DC is anything but mature and our federal taxes are too high. Congress' approval number is currently in the teens. Why would anyone want to "work" with them?
Here is a little more food for thought: Once upon a time there was a governor who had a great reputation for working with the other side. He was pragmatic. He was so pragmatic that he even came up with a nice RINO term of "compassionate conservatism". Once he got to DC, he would be able to repeat that pragmatism and get stuff done. His name was George W. Bush and it worked out like a dream. The Dems in Washington were mature and worked with him on a litany of issues like Social Security reform, the war on terror, etc. He left as one of the greatest presidents ever.
Rick has the same false hope that American socialists do: This time it will work!!!!
How about another California governor who was a pragmatist, who worked with Democrats, who got a lot done, and who ran for president and served two terms that redefined America?
I don't give a crap about Arnold. He's no conservative and never was. The problem you have is that you are incapable of envisioning a conservative working with the other side. That doesn't make them a RINO or even a moderate. It makes them responsible. Look at Mitch Daniels. The guy got 60% of the vote in one of the most conservative states in the union during a Democratic year. He is conservative, popular, and works with Democrats because he knows that serving the people is a higher ambition than simply gaining power.
ed.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 25.02.2010 @ 08:23
People didn't dislike Clinton in 94. In fact, he won easily in 96. The GOP still kicked ass in 94 because they espoused conservative ideas. This time around, we have a vastly more leftist President, piles and piles of debt, another failed socialist take-over of health care and a vastly more educated electorate (thanks to internet and conservative media outlets). The economy isn't growing, foreclosures are getting worse, unemployment is awful and soon the corporate real estate bubble will pop. This year's mid-terms will be a pasting. Oh, Scott Brown ran as a conservative, not an independent. He stayed away from GOP moniker..but that is good because GOP hasn't been conservative for years. Peeps like Rick, McCain et al think being a squish wins when we all know that conservatism wins (ask all those conservative Dems who won in red states).Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 2.02.2010 @ 10:52
I am a righty and you haven't lost me. Sure, I think you have said some ridiculous things, but it is your blog. That said, I think Reynolds screed is contemptible even though entirely predictable. Lefties only love us when we are bashing our own. They quickly lie and demonize when you have the temerity to criticize them and their ilk.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 28.01.2010 @ 13:08
Meanwhile back in reality, 45% of Americans now identify themselves as conservative. So let's water down the message and go RINO.
The "reality" is that most people who identify themselves as "conservative" do not share your idea of what "conservatism" is. I would guess that most northeasterners who consider themselves "conservative," you would denigrate as a RINO. Ditto midwesterners. Ditto most rational conservatives everywhere.
Until the true believers recognize this singular fact about conservatism, they will continue to drive t he movement to oblivion.
ed.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 3.12.2009 @ 22:42
Gee Rick..Palin's numbers seem to be in the 40's now. Careful..your head might explode.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 23.11.2009 @ 11:28
Such intelligent libs!!! Keep telling yourself that you're fiscal hawks..my that is a funny one. Hoffman was in the low teens 3 weeks ago. He finished with 46%. He just ran out of time. Had Dede left awhile ago, Hoffman wins. 6% of the people voted for a candidate not in the race, probably due to early voting.
The message was sent and NY-23 will be back in Republican hands in a year. along with quite a few more House and Senate seats. Remember, 40% of this country is conservative vs. 20% lib. Obama shining the light on how Dems really run things is awakening the nation to just how kooky left the Dem party is now. How's that nationalized health care going?Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 4.11.2009 @ 09:39
Good points with one caveat...the Democrats do take orders and get talking points from the hate-filled screechings at Daily Kos and Huffington Post.Comment Posted By Bruceinsocal On 7.10.2009 @ 12:26
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