Will Miers Really Tear Conservatives Apart?
Will the furor over the Miers nomination drive conservatives together or tear them apart? I was listening to Rush Limbaugh while driving around at lunch today and he seems to think it's the former. Rush's thought is that yes, conservatives are ticked but this will just drive them together to take back control of the Republican Party.
Rush pointed to the Reagan revolution of an example of the power of conservatism unleashed. After rejecting Gerald Ford's version of the Party, voters overwhelmingly chose Ronald Reagan's vision of Conservatism. Given the chance, Rush seems to think, they'll rally around a similar candidate.
I'm sitting in my car thinking "bring it on!". We certainly need another Reagan. I do believe that another Reaganesque conservative would not only get the conservative vote, he or she would also bring those Reagan Democrats back into the fold. But then Rush got a caller. The caller was in perfect agreement: conservatives felt betrayed by Bush's nomination, etc. Of course, the reason the caller felt betrayed was because he was fearful that Miers would uphold Roe v. Wade and sure, she was an evangelical Christian, but some of her Church's activities included gays.
I groaned aloud. This is the brand of conservatism I'm supposed to rally around? Now, don't get me wrong, by all accounts Roe v. Wade is just bad law. People agree with that assessment regardless of their stance on abortion. But what ever happened to a conservative movement centered on the idea of limited government? This caller was exclusively concerned with moral issues. That's all well and good for him, but not for me. I don't think we can rally around the same candidate. Conservatives can't just "come together" because we all don't believe in the same things and even if we do fall on the same sides of some issues we prioritize those issues in a vasty different order.
I think the 2008 primary season will determine which brand of conservatism will control the Republican Party (at least for awhile). The fiscal conservatives and the social conservatives will duke it out in what is sure to be a bitter battle. In fact, I think it will be so bitter that the loser will either vote for the Democrats or sit out the general election entirely. However, if something big happens in the War on Terror, all bets are off as both of these groups will make national security their number one issue.
If the Republicans nominate another spend and spend conservative (this time with added morality!) I'm not going to abandon my belief in limited government. But I, and others like me, might very well abandon the party and find someone else to support. I know people scoff at this, but I just ask you to remember 1992. If Ross Perot wasn't a complete loon, he would have been elected President. I think the time is ripe for a real third party in America. The Republicans can't really serve the interests of both fiscal and social conservatives, can they?
Posted by at October 12, 2005 12:11 PM
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|# October 13th, 2005 8:07 AM Slimer|
|I don't know if this is on point, but has anyone been paying attention to the Virginia gov race? I'm sure James has seen the commercials. Its a tight race with low expected turnout so both sides are trying to rally their base. Kaine (D) has been running on more funding for schools which is typical for exciting the left while Kilgore (R) has been running on...expanding the death penalty???? Is this really going to get the right fired up to vote? |
|# October 13th, 2005 8:24 AM kris|
|That's a good example of what I mean. I'm against the death penalty, which is unusual for conservatives, but no, I don't think that gets anyone fired up. |
|# October 14th, 2005 10:42 AM james|
|oh man. i just saw my first VA gov commercials yesterday. (i live in tivo-land). Kilgore's are SOOO bad. some old guy saying "my son was killed, and kaine represented the killer, and didn't want the death penalty for him!"
oh my. if i lived in va, im pretty sure i'd be voting for kaine based on that single ad. (and it's not like im anti-death penalty. kilgore's ad is just so incredibly retarded that i'd feel like a chump voting for him.)
|# October 17th, 2005 12:07 PM Slimer|
|Yeah they are unbelievably bad, but they continue to get heavy airplay so maybe they are resonating with someone...If Kilgore wins perhaps lawyers will be required to recommend the death penalty for their own clients who they were appointed to represent.
The other commercial is great too...its a woman talking about an illegal immigrant who killed her police officer husband. Basically it makes the point that Kaine wants to import illegal immigrants to murder police officers and the slap them with a hefty fine at most.