Monday, October 10, 2005

You Got Screwed

Kenneth Quinnell at T. Rex’s Guide to Life has a message for those of you who call yourselves “conservatives.”

Right about now, we’re hearing a whole lot of people who label themselves conservatives who are quite upset with President Bush. They feel betrayed and unloved by the president they helped get into office. I’m not a big fan of saying “I told you so,” but there are times when it is appropriate and this is one of them. Anyone with any familiarity of the president’s past would’ve known that his sole allegiance is to money. Some of these right-wing critics are suggesting that Bush is betraying conservative values, but that just isn’t true. Bush is the true face of modern conservatism. Look around and all the major leaders of the conservative movement in government are all just like Bush — DeLay, Frist, Rove, Abramoff, etc. — these people aren’t dedicated to any principles or values other than the value of money. That’s what it means to be a modern conservative politician in America. If you call yourself a conservative and you aren’t that way, then it is you who is mislabeled, not the leaders of the Republican Party. Your continued support of these criminals will only lead to further damage to whatever it is you value.

Read the rest here. Kenneth doesn’t mince words; I admire him greatly for it, and he gets it exactly right.

As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, the GOP is having a tough time recruiting candidates to run in 2006.

Republican politicians in multiple states have recently decided not to run for Senate next year, stirring anxiety among Washington operatives about the effectiveness of the party’s recruiting efforts and whether this signals a broader decline in GOP congressional prospects.

Prominent Republicans have passed up races in North Dakota and West Virginia, both GOP-leaning states with potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Earlier, Republican recruiters on Capitol Hill and at the White House failed to lure their first choices to run in Florida, Michigan and Vermont.

These setbacks have prompted grumbling. Some Republican operatives, including some who work closely with the White House, privately point to what they regard as a lackluster performance by Sen. Elizabeth Dole (N.C.) as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group that heads fundraising and candidate recruitment for GOP senators.

But some strategists more sympathetic to Dole point the finger right back. With an unpopular war in Iraq, ethical controversies shadowing top Republicans in the House and Senate, and President Bush suffering the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, the waters look less inviting to politicians deciding whether to plunge into an election bid. Additionally, some Capitol Hill operatives complain that preoccupied senior White House officials have been less engaged in candidate recruitment than they were for the 2002 and 2004 elections. These sources would speak only on background because of the sensitivity of partisan strategies.

One thing I will say about the GOP; they are certainly much more efficient than the Democrats. It took the House Democrats forty years to get to the point where the electorate was disgusted with their arrogance and abuse of power. The Republicans did it in less than ten. Good going, guys.