Whatever comes of gridlock on Iraq and everything else, here's a rule of thumb: When the flak flies, don't jump into a foxhole with a Republican. Quite simply, Republicans are a menace, at least to other Republicans.Read it all...
Take Mel Martinez, the Republican senator from Florida tapped by President Bush to become Republican National Committee chairman. Best known for cheering on amnesty for illegals by the millions (i.e, for supporting Mr. Bush's "comprehensive" immigration plan), Mr. Martinez marked his RNC nomination by baiting a large number of Republicans who would like to see the government secure the nation's borders instead. Equating what he called "border security only" with "harshness only," Mr. Martinez referred to Republican electoral losses and said: "It's not about bashing people; it's about presenting a hopeful face." Too bad it's not about presenting a "hopeful face" to all those Republicans Mr. Martinez was bashing.
Where can bashed Republicans go? The modern Republican Party is about as politically correct and prey to special interest groups as the Democratic Party. I say this following a shameful party purge in Florida. There, the state Republican Party, up to and including Gov. Jeb Bush, came down ton-of-bricks-like on two Hernando County Republicans who publicly decried Islam as a "hateful and frightening religion."
It looks like Conservatives are going to have to clear and hold the Republican Party.
Hattip to the ever vigilant Tiger @ Observanda:Observanda: Michiganistan, Make Room For Floridaistan - Or, Why The Growing Islamization Can Be Traced Directly To The Bush Family Florida Republicans including Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist kiss up to C.A.I.R.
Mea culpa: I am one dense observer of politics. I have must have been sleeping when the GOP was taken over by the machine of the Bush family moderates. Maybe I was too focused on the BDS of the Democrats and became so partisan that I couldn't see that conservatives were being pushed aside in the Republican party. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to understand what was happening.
It became apparent to me during the last gubernatorial election in Florida that the Republican candidates for Governor were simply party hacks. People who seemed to lack any real conservative ideologies but instead were career politicians merely mouthing platitudes to designed to garner votes as they hopped from one elected office to the next. A few years ago, when Mel Martinez surfaced as a Senate candidate, I didn't recoqnise him as a hand-picked lightweight whose strings would be pulled by the Bush family. But, with his announcement as the successor to Ken Mehlman as head of the Republican National Committee, the light in my little pea brain went on. I've been so busy thinking about the Muslim takeover in Europe and the coming split in the Democratic party that I completely missed what could eventually result in a rupture of the GOP. Conservatives within the Republican party are in for a "hard slog" in bringing the party back to its conservative values. It may not be possible and with the Bush moderates in control of the GOP purse strings, the near term could be be dismal. To compound the problem, there seems to be a dearth of true Conservative leaders in the party who can lead it out of the wilderness. If none surface, if there are no Reagan Republican leaders out there, I can see four parties developing in the next 10 to 15 years. A hard left party, a moderate Democratic party, a moderate Republican party and what could be my future home, a conservative party. Multiple parties force coalitions and the ruling coalition could be between the moderates; the middle of the road crowd who, believing strongly in nothing, fall for anything.