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Republican Spin: The Elections Were a Victory for Conservatives
Wisco | November 9, 2006 at 09:14 amby
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I don't really seem to get tired of saying it; the Democrats ate
Republicans' lunch tuesday night. And Republicans, being Republicans,
are blaming everyone but themselves -- not that they aren't blaming
each other, just not themselves personally. Despite the fact that the
GOP was dissolving long before the elections, they seem to think that
their problems are all everyone else's fault.
In a two party
system, both parties are coalition parties, by necessity. The
Republican coalition has been tearing itself up with an idea of
ideological purity. Club for Growth, which puts tax cuts above all,
coined the term RINO -- or Republican In Name Only -- to describe
Republicans who don't think that tax cuts are the only reason
government exists. Evangelicals will tell you that a Republican is a
pro-life, gay-hating christian by definition. The security types --
i.e., the cowards Bush's scare tactics appeal to -- are willing to
throw every right out the window, which makes everyone else nervous.
The fiscal conservatives pretty much hate them all and don't like the
way Bush hands out money to anyone who wants it -- which puts them at
odds with the hawks, who want to throw money at boondoggles like
missile defense and have no problem with military contractors engaging
in war profiteering.
Most GOPers are a mix-and-match of these guys. But the idea that Republicans have a single ideology is ridiculous.
So, it's kind of surprising to see that the GOP does have a message now -- that message being that Democrats are in disarray and are using conservative dems to get elected...