Big bowls full of mush

May 1st, 2013

Jeff Lord has at faux conservatives, most especially snake-in-the-grass “moderate” Jen Rubin, in a way that is definitely going to leave a mark.

All three — and by no means are they alone — are following the age-old path that has been trod by Republicans of moderate stripe from Herbert Hoover to the Bushes. And don’t forget Alf Landon, Wendell Willkie, Thomas E. Dewey, the Richard Nixon of 1960, Ford, Bob Dole, John McCain and the ideologically mushed Mitt Romney.

The latter — who famously was an icon of “conservative” columnist Rubin (she managing the decidedly rare feat of bringing Left and Right together on the notion that she was a Romney “shill,” as here at the Right’s Red State) — managed to carve a career where he was both for and against abortion, against Reagan before he was for Reagan, not to mention being the gubernatorial architect of Romneycare, the ideological father of Obamacare. No wonder Jen Rubin was crazy about the guy.

With all these miserably lost elections based on “moderation” you would think those who keep on keeping on with the idea of moderation that has repeatedly certified so many Republican presidential losers or closer-than-should be victories would have the decency to quietly slink off to re-think. Re-think the idea that “moderation” has anything new to contribute beyond losing presidential campaigns and what Mark Levin calls “Neo-Statist” government.

But…. Nah.

Ironic that these hapless “moderate” losers are completely incapable of coming through on the one thing they use as a selling point: winning elections.

I very nearly did a post on Rubin myself yesterday, then decided not to bother with it, because I got bored with bashing her a while back. Good as she was on the phony “war on terror” back in its halcyon early days, she’s now nothing more than a token “conservative” for the WaPo, a useful idiot the liberal-fascists can point to to establish some “unbiased” cred with people dim enough to swallow such unpalatable tripe. Here she is in full “conservative” flower, providing aid and comfort to “liberals” who think calling for a return to Constitutional government is an extremist bridge too far:

It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents. It is both self-serving (presuming principles are of no matter to opponents) and lazy in that it is always easy to say no, ridicule compromise and remain pristine rather than trying to improve legislation or introduce an alternative.

I’m sorry to say Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is too often falling into the reflexive habit of voting no on everything and then mocking his colleagues.

There is being principled, and then there is being a jerk. Putting down your colleagues to boost your own street cred with the base falls into the latter category.

There are many things wrong with Sen. Cruz’s comments, whatever you think of the merits of the gun legislation.

For starters, it’s just not smart to annoy colleagues whose cooperation and support you’ll need in the future. Second, as a conservative he should understand humility and grace are not incompatible with “standing on principle”; the absence of these qualities doesn’t make him more principled or more effective. Third, for a guy who lacks manners (see his condescending questioning of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) he comes across as whiny.They yelled at me! Boo hoo, senator.

“Grace.” “Humility.” “Manners.” All highly useful traits when you’re in a bitter, deadly fight for the very survival of the Republic, with implacable enemies who concern themselves with none of those things.

Umm, NOT. Rubin and others who “think” like her are fools. No more, no less. As Lord says in his article, these are people who confuse “timidity with moderation, resignation with political wisdom and in spite of the book’s title cannot hide the fact that what’s being presented isn’t about the constitution, much less is it about conservatism.” They’re reason enough to abandon the Republican Statist Party and seek an alternative all by themselves.

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  1. MM
    May 1st, 2013 at 10:16 | #1
    J Lord is probably one our best writers and the American Spectator is fabulous. He coalesced a lot of my thinking on how true conservatives take fire from all sides.

    Anyone denigrating Ted Cruz is on my shit list.

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