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What’s Wrong with you Peasants?!!

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Pamela Meister writes:

Conservatives are angry. Those who have continued to stand by President Bush feel that his support of Ted Kennedy’s “comprehensive” immigration reform bill is not only a slap in the face to all Americans, but a slap in the face to the Republican base in particular. The GOP base is not being backward about letting its thoughts be known.

The worry, of course, is that Republicans will stay home on Election Day in 2008 to teach the elected politicians the lesson that they seemingly didn’t learn in November of 2006. There is also at least some talk of the possibility of a new party rising from the GOP. Republicans should think long and hard before allowing their unhappiness with GOP leaders split the party, figuratively or literally.

While there’s nothing wrong with communicating displeasure with policy, the only ones who would benefit from a permanent rift within the GOP would be the Democrats, as they did nearly 100 years ago [when Teddy Roosevelt started the Bull Moose Party, which allowed Woodrow Wilson to be elected].

While it’s all well and good for the party faithful to let their leaders know when they’re unhappy, it’s quite another to throw out the baby with the bathwater. If Republicans nurse a grudge over the immigration bill, this (combined with the anger of pro-lifers if someone like Rudy Giuliani is nominated) it could very well mean we can look forward to hearing State of the Nation addresses from either of the current front runners on the Democrat ticket. Even a President McCain (whom analysts believe could never garner the nomination) would be preferable to either.

President Bush and some Senate Republicans may be squandering the good will of the party faithful, but to penalize the party as a whole because a handful disappoints would indeed be folly, both in terms of national security and economic policy. Do Republicans really believe that such a “lesson” would be beneficial? Does the idea of Mrs. Bill Clinton’s socialism appeal to them more than forgiving those whom they think have wronged them? If so, get ready for four to eight years of it.

Gads, how I hate condescending lectures. Aside from her initial quote from Rush Limbaugh, nowhere in this load of condescending (I did say that before, right?) cliche-ridden tripe is any acknowledgment that maybe, just maybe, the GOP establishment is in trouble with its base.

“While there’s nothing wrong with communicating displeasure with policy… it’s all well and good for the party faithful to let their leaders know when they’re unhappy” Gee, thanks for permitting the peasants that little perk, lady.

“If Republicans nurse a grudge over the immigration bill, this (combined with the anger of pro-lifers if someone like Rudy Giuliani is nominated) it could very well mean we can look forward to hearing State of the Nation addresses from either of the current front runners on the Democrat ticket.”

Sounds like the excuse of a battered-spouse: ‘If I report him, s/he’ll leave me’.

Then there’s her last paragraph:

“But if eating crow doesn’t sound appetizing to you, it’s time to put a bandage on the boo-boo and get a Republican elected to the White House. There’s a lot more hinging on this election than bruised egos.”

In other words, ‘Suck it up. You have nowhere else to go. Who you gonna vote for – the Libertarian?”

And if the GOP is indeed angering its base, what about all the other voters? There’s a lot of independents out there. Judging from the polls, many of them were in agreement with the rank-and-file on this immigration deal. The GOP needs them, and Ms. Meister is giving them the same message she gives the Republican peasants.

Don’t tempt ’em, lady.

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Written by PappyBro

June 10, 2007 at 17:53

Posted in Politix

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