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.