Somewhere Over the Double Rainbow

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In 2008 Americans bought into a carefully crafted image. At least 53% of the country went gaga for the m-m-m candidacy of Barak Hussein Obama. It wasn’t as much about change as it was about history and pink unicorns. Silly liberals and the disaffected squishy middle went for the fantasy. Hard core socialists jumped on the band wagon for their own purposes.

A funny thing happened on the way to Barakatopia. Obama took his believers and the rest of us for a reckless ride down a dead end road. That’s where we are now, staring at a giant ash heap. The inevitability of Obama’s failure was lost on his followers, all of whom by definition, deny history. Conservatives knew what was coming but were locked in the back seat.

Now I have always believed that generally speaking, conservatives are smarter and more pragmatic than liberals. The lamestream media tries to say otherwise but it’s true that most conservatives have an understanding of how things really work in real the world . . . . maybe because most of them have actually worked in the world. The truth is in their hearts and in their heads, even though too many struggle to explain it. This is doubly true when conservative candidates are challenged publicly by anyone who questions their humanity or compassion. Under the bright light of such accusations, conservatives too often appear frozen before the poacher’s lamp.

Conservatives know about their awkwardness when challenged on how their conservatism is just plain mean. That leads to a question about conservative expectations. Why, oh why are conservatives acting like foolish liberals, demanding a fantasy conservative for their presidential candidate? Conservatives seem willing to settle for nothing less than the next Reagan but even better, a Reagan that thinks just like *they* do. There might be one somewhere over Judy’s rainbow but really, all the candidates are just people and as such may have a few ideas that run counter to your own.

Mr. Perfect lives only in double rainbow land and you have to be one toke over to get there. Conservatives should be grown-up enough not to go there. So don’t.

There are at least 2 and maybe 3 or 4 candidates of the nine Republicans on the stage Thursday night that would make a decent and mostly conservative president. Let the vetting continue, but for heaven’s sake stop making pinatas out of good people to promote another candidate. Do not not rip them to shreds over something that doesn’t fit your particular vision of the perfect conservative.

Any conservative candidate for president who (1) will not spend all the money (2) refuses to sanction abortion and (3) understands America can’t totally withdraw from the world should have our attention and our forbearance from hyper-criticism. Save that for the current double rainbow president. Obama has earned it for having brought forth the worst in us.

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texasgalt
Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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suzanne
suzanne
September 24, 2011 3:50 pm

Excellent points, TG! I especially love the pinata metaphore. At the risk of repeating myself, if our nominee wound up being Donald Duck I would cloak myself in white feathers, don my sailor cap and be out there waddling away to make sure he defeated that despicable marxist cretin temporarily residing at 1600. Having said that, I am still a big believer in your native son, TG, and am upset beyond words that he is being ripped to shreds in even the conservative blogs today. So the man can’t debate… so what. These aren’t REALLY debates anyway… they are nothing… Read more »

bobmontgomery
September 24, 2011 7:05 pm

Sarah Palin said the other night this is going to be the most unconventional election cycle ever. Don’t know what she meant by that. Like everyone else, don’t know what her plans are. But her refusal to play the MSM’s game is gratifying.

JadedByPolitics
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September 24, 2011 7:14 pm

George Will said the Republican Party is the TEA Party now and as we go forward in selecting a candidate to represent us, they ought to at least agree on the big issues of the day, because I spent an awful lot of President Bush’s second term fighting him and the Republicans and I don’t want to do that again!

Pamela
September 24, 2011 7:36 pm

While rainbows are nice to look at, they are gone in an instant. Like the current resident at 1600, you can see right through them as there is no substance.

The next President and Commander-in-Chief of our Nation must be solid, structured and principled.

takkat | @kberbel
September 24, 2011 11:27 pm

Excellent post TG. Love the pinata analogy. I cannot believe what we have seen to date among the Republican candidates and conservative talking heads. Yes, let’s keep getting distracted by the likes of Gardasil. All the while, Obama continues to destroy our credibiity across the world and drive us into further ruin. Oh yes, let’s keep chatting about a vaccine. Because that’s totally what this election is about. Nonsense.

I can just see Axelrod watching all of this and much like Mr. Burns in the Simpsons, tapping his fingers together saying “eeeeexcelent”.