Diary

Some Things Need to Be Said

First of all, regarding the whining about the need for a “new direction” in the Republican Party, George Neumayr has a fascinating article over at the Weekly Standard:

Did the Democrats achieve majority status by pitching a “Big Tent,” by thinking happy thoughts about their opponents’ policies, by turning over their rostrums to pro-lifers and tax-cutters? No, they achieved it by keeping their tent tight while maliciously counseling Republicans to erect a circus tent of willy-nilly inclusion and ideological irregularity.

Democratic leaders would send pro-life Bob Casey Sr. home from their conventions without a turn at the podium, then pop up a few weeks later on CNN to urge Republicans to keep the welcome mat out for gestating defectors like Jim Jeffords.

That tattered Big Tent now flaps pathetically in the wilderness of political defeat and out of it crawls its wounded confederacy of country-club dunces. Have they learned anything? Not much. Wowed by Obama’s popularity, they reflexively resume the me-too PC platitudes of “compassionate conservatism” and engage in what amounts to a big-government bidding war for the affection of the American people. Bad federal program A versus bad federal program B — that’s the debate between the parties at this point.

If victory is the Big Tent Republicans’ goal, why don’t they join the Democrats in calling for a one-party state? That way they could win every time.

The purpose of politics in a civilization is not simply to win but to win on sound principles. Otherwise, what’s the point? A party that seeks to win by discarding sound principles will have no wisdom left with which to govern once it does. And that’s how the Republicans got into this mess.

The Democrats win on their unsound principles, but at least they grasp the concept of winning as more than mere victory. They win office and implement their platform unapologetically; Republicans win office and timidly nibble theirs apart.

Do the Democrats have any hesitancy about rooting for the failure of Republican polices? Never. They will even root for failure in Republican-led military campaigns, as with Reagan and Bush, if victory threatens the perceived good of their party and the transcendent “parity” they think should prevail in the world.

Meanwhile, Republicans, suffering from a deep, largely media-induced inferiority complex, find “attractive” candidates like Arnold Schwarzenegger who end up advancing Democratic policies better than the Democrats themselves. The pointlessness of the California Recall cannot be overstated. That “Republican victory” sealed California as a de facto one-party state — a microcosm of what could happen to the GOP nationally if it maintains the Big Tent model.

Republican leaders should either pull the Big Tent down and start taking their platform seriously, not just on one issue or two issues but on every issue, or they should just get out of politics and stop wasting people’s time and money. At this moment in American history, “bipartisanship” is just another complacent name for tyranny.

Really, this in a nutshell is what goes on with a lot of folks on this site. If you’re all about victory and don’t care about principles or the Republican platform, why are you Republicans? If you want to be winners, why not the Democrats and the Obama triumphalism?

If principle is removed, politics becomes little more than tribalism and our two party system, removed from principal is irrational tribalism equal to the irrationality of Seuss’ Butter Battle Book and his sneeches.

While, one could argue with Neumayr’s assertion that the Democrats have not used a big tent approach, there truly conservative choices have been tokens as evidenced by only seven Democrats opposing the Stimulus and not a single Senate Democrat rising in opposition to it. The Democrats have certainly “sounded conservative” when campaigning, but rhetoric and action have not matched up.

I will say that never have Democrats become public, loud, outspoken campaign to cannibalize people seen as too extreme such as a Michael Moore. They never blamed their defeats on Black Voters, on Unions, on Liberal Talk Radio.

The time that has been spent on the blame game for people who had little to do with running this party into the ground has been stunning. From blaming Sarah Palin to blaming pro-lifers to blaming Rush Limbaugh, very little blame has been assigned in the discussion of what went wrong on election day to: Presidential Nominee John McCain, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, NRSC Chairman John Ensign (R-NV.), NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (R-Ok.). How is it that so many people would rather blame someone else other than the nominee for President, the leaders in Congress, the Campaign Committee Chairs, or the RNC Chairman? Is that just too obvious for folks? Sometimes, the butler really did it.

Speaking of the blame game, Copious Dissent has a post on David Frum and suggests that Frum’s site would be better named, “The New Minority.” pointing out that according to Alexa, Frum’s site is by far less popular than other conservative websites such as HotAir.com, National Review, and Michelle Malkin:

What one can clearly see is that David Frum’s ideas are not reaching anyone. In fact, since HotAir, Mark Levin and others have been linking to David Frum’s website this week, his entire audience is based on someone saying, “Hey, click here to see what this fool is doing now.”

Frum’s YouTube channel also gets no support. He started it on January 8, 2009, and already it has a whopping 9 subscribers! Conversely, I started my YouTube channel, HowTheWorldWorks, less than three months ago and it has 1555 subscribers and more regular viewers than Frum’s pathetic website that is purported to create a “New Majority.”

Frum’s YouTube channel even uses professional lighting and expensive cameras, while I have a giant ceiling fan over my head and speak into a pinhole in my computer. Nevertheless, I am able to reach that mystical college educated demographic, who have rated my videos as some of the top on all of YouTube. Frum’s videos on the other hand literally have been rated 1 out of 5 stars by the demographics he asserts Republicans need to reach. That is quite impressive David.

Personally, I wish I could generate an audience simply by people hating my guts. But, that is David Frum’s entire shtick. He writes a book about how Conservatives “can win again” by abandoning Conservatism, and it is only read by 25,000 staunch Conservatives who think Frum is full of crap. The truth is that liberals don’t read Conservative political strategy books, Conservatives do. And Conservatives don’t think Frum is a Conservative.

Ironically, Frum is the one who calls Conservatives, the “say it louder” Republicans, claiming that the American public already heard about limited government, and they do not want it. Yet, Frum fails to realize that Conservatives are the only people in American who have read David Frum and they do not want what Frum offers either. So who is the “say it louder” minority? I think the evidence demonstrates it is Frum.
(Hat Tip: Instapundit.)

Ouch! That’ll leave a mark. Frum clearly has designs for the GOP, but just like David Brooks or Kathleen Parker,  he’s given a big megaphone because he’s going at the conservative movement. He’s going on a quest to draw new voters to the party by driving the old ones out.

What’s gone on with many moderates in the Republican Party is the same thing that happened on a national level with the Stimulus bill. A national crisis was used as an excuse to push a lot of feel good liberal hooey that had nothing to do with stimulating the economy.  What’s gone on in the midst of the GOP’s political crisis is that Rockefeller Republicans are trying to use a political crisis as an excuse for moves that the crisis itself doesn’t justify as well as to remake the party in their own image.

Frum’s efforts will fail because there’s not a popular following for their ideas. Not even if Frum were to try and get all 9 of his You Tube subscribers to run for Congress would he have any major influence in the GOP, because the number of people who agree with his position are small and the people who actually are on the other side aren’t going to be bullied or bribed with promises of victory that are vain and ignore the fact that real victory should mean something.

Bottom line: In ten years the GOP will still be the GOP and David Frum will have joined the Democrats.