Well, not really. McCain has already started the reform by putting Palin on the ticket. Even if they lose, she will still be the face of the new party. As for this nonsense about an Obama victory forcing a re-alignment, that has never happened to either party, and it never will.
And forget SCOTUS. How about socialized medicine? You think it will be repealed? How many entitlement programs, once established, have been repealed?
Exactly none.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 17.09.2008 @ 12:24
Christian conservatives have a place at the table. They aren't what has been bothering more and more over the last 8 years (much worse in the last 4). It's the "Kos-ification" of the right, the "all or nothing" entitlement more than a few feel, and this applies to far more than just Christian conservatives. I dislike the sense of entitlement that the self-described "base" has. It was particularly disturbing during the immigration wars, when we saw "shamnesty!" and other crap flung around. Look, if it's a coalition, there is no base, and if there is a base, there is no coalition, only others who have to toe your party line. I don't see a difference between that and the nutroots. A coalition requires compromise, and that means you, or I, or Jim Bob may not get everything we want. Life is like that. We were supposed to have learned that as children, but apparently most of the "base" did not.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 16.09.2008 @ 15:39
That study is crap. See here.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 29.02.2008 @ 11:51
These are Schlussel memes, started by that idiot Debbie Schlussel, and repeated by those who are stupid enough to pay attention to her babbling. There are plenty of reasons to go after Obama without resorting to this nonsense, but the same was true of going after Clinton without going off the deep end about Vince Foster, you name it.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 25.02.2008 @ 10:16
Indeed. I was at the store earlier today, and a small child started screaming at the top of his lungs, "NOW MOMMY! I WANT IT NOW!" The parallel was impossible to miss.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 11.02.2008 @ 15:08
I mourned when the Berghoff closed. Now, the Frontera Grill gets more of our business than before.
Sadly, since we live now in Pennsylvania instead of Indiana, we rarely get to Chicago.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 1.02.2007 @ 13:25
Where do you find this stuff? I hadn't heard anything about this -- and sorry, but I don't have the patience to read DU or Kos. Or Yahoo news, for that matter.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 14.11.2006 @ 15:07
What, no "To Tell The Truth"? We watched that every night. Kitty Carlysle, Peggy Cass. A great show.
Uh, guess I'm showing my age, huh? All right. No "Gong Show"? Nothing ever came close to it for pure cheesy entertainment.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 12.11.2006 @ 13:25
Well, the "libertarian wing" of conservatism is not new, or relatively new. It's the conservatism of the west, the conservatism of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. It's the conservatism that brought us the landslide victory of 1994.
It seems to me that Republicans have to learn that "my way or the highway" politics do not fly with the public. Politics is not an all or nothing proposition -- and neither is principle.
Amendments against gay marriage? Fine. Amendments that violate private property rights by telling you you can't "emulate" marriage? Not fine, and not conservative. Amendments that tell hospitals who they may or may not consider family? Not fine, and not conservative (ever hear of freedom of association?) Amendments that specify what benefits businesses may and may not give their employees? That's not even nominally conservative -- since when did conservatives support regulating business?
But the "all or nothing" crap has to go, if we are ever to be elected to office again.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 11.11.2006 @ 11:52
What you're missing is that many of those Democrats who beat Republican incumbents aren't moderates. They're conservatives. Heath Shuler. Sheriff Brad Ellsworth. Baron Hill. The list goes on. Granted, they're more like Pat Buchanan conservatives, in that they support protectionism and oppose free trade, but they're anti-tax, tough on crime, pro-military, anti-flag burning, conservatives.
The argument has been made that Pelosi will whip them into line, but we'll have to wait and see. When he was my representative in the 90s, Baron Hill -- one of those conservative Democrats elected Tuesday -- refused to support Clinton's gun control agenda, and would not budge in response to Clinton's arm twisting. He paid dearly for standing by his conservative principles, but stand by them he did.
And if I still lived in Indiana, I would have considered voting for Baron Hill. Sodrel was a disaster. I didn't always agree with Hill's views or votes, but I respected him. You can't often say that about your elected Representative.Comment Posted By rightwingprof On 10.11.2006 @ 14:50
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