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You might be an Establishment Republican if…..

Ok, ladies and gentlemen. There seem to be a large number of Republicans, elected and otherwise, who either believe they are conservative and are stupid, or they are just cynically coopting the term for their benefit. Some hide under the cover of the conservative label when it is convenient, but others simply do not understand that their beliefs and opinions, their values and principles, are counter to the conservative movement, and are in fact counter-productive. They work for the enemy while drawing a paycheck from the good guys.

So here’s a quick and dirty little test. 25 questions. If you are a yes on 5 or more, you need check your drawers to see if you have the right equipment. If you get 8 or more, just go buy an Obama t-shirt and get out of here.

You might be an Establishment Republican if…..

  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by electability
  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by how much he/she appeals to moderates
  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by how well he/she works with Democrats
  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by how well they are treated by the media
  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by what national Republican pundits think of him/her
  • your instant assessment of a Republican candidate is driven by what national elected Republicans think of him/her
  • your are instantly turned off if a Republican candidate proudly supports social conservatism
  • you are embarrassed by the Tea Party movement
  • you think the Tea parties are full of bumpkins who know much less than you do
  • you think it is important to hide conservative agendas in order to diminish negative media attention
  • you think higher earners don’t pay (at least) their fair share in taxes
  • you are not instantly revolted in your gut at the thought of enacting or voting for Cap & Trade
  • you would have made any deal to avoid a government shutdown back in March/April
  • you supported Specter over Toomey in 2004
  • you supported Crist in 2010 before Rubio started beating him like a rented mule in the polls
  • you thought Vitter should resign
  • you do not hold it against Santorum that he endorsed Specter over Toomey in 2004
  • you cringed when President George W Bush nominated Sam Alito to the Supreme Court
  • McCain was one of your top three picks in the 2008 primaries
  • when a new poll comes out that shows Barack approval numbers way up, or shows that most Americans are in favor of BambiCare, trial lawyers, and shutting down churches, your first thought is “oh no” [you are NOT an Establishment Republican if your first thought is “uh huh, show me the raw sampling data and the questions”]
  • you believe it is hopeless to directly challenge the lefty bias of the press
  • you think it is important to play fair in the same venue where the Democrats shamelessly and blatantly cheat
  • you think the only effective counter to Democrats stealing close elections involves beating them by a larger margin
  • you don’t believe Republicans should filibuster to block despicable, crooked nominees
  • you believe that Democrats are not evil, just wrong

OK, how did you do?

E Pluribus Unum
The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.

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  1. Forgive me, EPU, for I have sinned.

    My choices in 2008 were
    Fred
    McRomney
    McMc
    Huckabee/Giuliani

    Who should have been my 3rd? Huckabee? Giuliani??????
    Fun taking your quiz. Since my #1 pick this time around is still Daniels, I have pre-failed the next exam. 🙂 Can’t figure out my #2, 3, and 4 yet. Hoping someone on a white horse comes in. Right now, after Mitch, I have Palin, Cain and Pawlenty, in no particular order, although Pawlenty has fallen in recent days, just due to a gut reaction from watching the SC debate. He should have been able to do better than a draw against Cain, and he didn’t.

    • I won’t begrudge you your inclinations toward Daniels, although I got no use for him. But regarding 2008, yes you did sin in your third choice (IMHO). Crazy Ron was the worst of the 9 candidates. McJerk was the second worst, hands down. Lightweights like Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo were miles better.

      Who should have been your third? take your lick between the remaining 5, and you were doing better than the DoubleTalk Express. The general election campaign he did, and the character of the man himself, we ALL KNEW for years. No conservative. No willingness to fight. No mission. No purpose. No loyalty to the party. No class. No coattails.

        • I do. And I’m not all that pleased at the prospect of her candidacy. I like her OK, but can’t stand her speech-making style, where she talks to the audience in the exact same voice and intonations that you would talk to a kindergarten class about hot air balloons or zoo animals.

          Aside from that, other than fully embracing the Tea Party movement, and there’s no question about her conservative creds, she has not demonstrated to me the kind of experience and back-room muscle it takes to win a nationwide election or run the country.

          Just my 2 cents. But in that regard she’s right in there with several of the other candidates. Several of them have no serious business talking about running for president.

          • I sometimes think that Bachmann is a placeholder for Palin. That said, I would like to see both (or either) in the debates. If the race is as wide open as Rasmussen is saying it is, the more of us there are countering the likes of Romney et al, the better, Just my opinion. The also-rans need to be quickly dispensed with, and I think you know who I mean.

  2. hi guys…i remember some of you and i’m glad to see you again…for me, i was a fredhead all the way…before that – Reagan was my hero…now? i’m not sure…ryan makes my heart flutter…and i like what daniels has done in his state…i’m waiting to see who floats to the top…

    • Warm welcome, janet. Don’t know if you remember but I was a FredHead as well. How long have you been off the blogs? I’ve been following Daniels for a while. He seems to not care whether people like him or not. That’s sometimes good and sometimes bad. We should know soon whether Huckabee wants to relive the nightmare of 2007.

      I’ll never forget how Fred eviscerated Huckabee at the SC debate. Hope you find it congenial here. Just be careful of the dog. 🙂

      • thanks for the welcome, red…i love fred completely…he was the real deal…no ‘hand raiser’…i don’t think daniels is a ‘handraiser’ either but i’m still watching him…

        huckabee is a whiner…if he’s stupid enough to get in, he’ll be crushed by pawlenty and daniels…his record is just too open and wrong…

        as far as being off the blogs, i’ve been checking in…keeping my eye on haystack for a long time…and, writing a book…but, now i’m looking forward to the ‘ruckus’ that will be the 2012 elections…

  1. Forgive me, EPU, for I have sinned.

    My choices in 2008 were
    Fred
    McRomney
    McMc
    Huckabee/Giuliani

    Who should have been my 3rd? Huckabee? Giuliani??????
    Fun taking your quiz. Since my #1 pick this time around is still Daniels, I have pre-failed the next exam. 🙂 Can’t figure out my #2, 3, and 4 yet. Hoping someone on a white horse comes in. Right now, after Mitch, I have Palin, Cain and Pawlenty, in no particular order, although Pawlenty has fallen in recent days, just due to a gut reaction from watching the SC debate. He should have been able to do better than a draw against Cain, and he didn’t.

    • I won’t begrudge you your inclinations toward Daniels, although I got no use for him. But regarding 2008, yes you did sin in your third choice (IMHO). Crazy Ron was the worst of the 9 candidates. McJerk was the second worst, hands down. Lightweights like Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo were miles better.

      Who should have been your third? take your lick between the remaining 5, and you were doing better than the DoubleTalk Express. The general election campaign he did, and the character of the man himself, we ALL KNEW for years. No conservative. No willingness to fight. No mission. No purpose. No loyalty to the party. No class. No coattails.

        • I do. And I’m not all that pleased at the prospect of her candidacy. I like her OK, but can’t stand her speech-making style, where she talks to the audience in the exact same voice and intonations that you would talk to a kindergarten class about hot air balloons or zoo animals.

          Aside from that, other than fully embracing the Tea Party movement, and there’s no question about her conservative creds, she has not demonstrated to me the kind of experience and back-room muscle it takes to win a nationwide election or run the country.

          Just my 2 cents. But in that regard she’s right in there with several of the other candidates. Several of them have no serious business talking about running for president.

          • I sometimes think that Bachmann is a placeholder for Palin. That said, I would like to see both (or either) in the debates. If the race is as wide open as Rasmussen is saying it is, the more of us there are countering the likes of Romney et al, the better, Just my opinion. The also-rans need to be quickly dispensed with, and I think you know who I mean.

  2. hi guys…i remember some of you and i’m glad to see you again…for me, i was a fredhead all the way…before that – Reagan was my hero…now? i’m not sure…ryan makes my heart flutter…and i like what daniels has done in his state…i’m waiting to see who floats to the top…

    • Warm welcome, janet. Don’t know if you remember but I was a FredHead as well. How long have you been off the blogs? I’ve been following Daniels for a while. He seems to not care whether people like him or not. That’s sometimes good and sometimes bad. We should know soon whether Huckabee wants to relive the nightmare of 2007.

      I’ll never forget how Fred eviscerated Huckabee at the SC debate. Hope you find it congenial here. Just be careful of the dog. 🙂

      • thanks for the welcome, red…i love fred completely…he was the real deal…no ‘hand raiser’…i don’t think daniels is a ‘handraiser’ either but i’m still watching him…

        huckabee is a whiner…if he’s stupid enough to get in, he’ll be crushed by pawlenty and daniels…his record is just too open and wrong…

        as far as being off the blogs, i’ve been checking in…keeping my eye on haystack for a long time…and, writing a book…but, now i’m looking forward to the ‘ruckus’ that will be the 2012 elections…

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