As we see constitutional conservatives falling by the wayside, one by one, in the 2012 presidential race, we see that the Party and its associated pundits have made it official – in addition to going along with the wishes and the strategies of the Progressive Socialists that the selection process and the buzz be geared to presenting the most moderate, the most government solutions-oriented candidate to share the platforms and the podiums with Barack Obama next fall, the notion that traditional values, limited government or patriotism is going to get much play or sanction by the Republican establishment is fading fast.
On the punditry side – has anyone noticed that Ronald Reagan hardly gets any mention lately by the big shot talkers and writers in the heat of this primary battle? Do you see”WWRD?” pop up in the blogosphere much? (And who knew that ‘ Oops!’ was an automatic disqualifier for high office, never mind that the model for limited government, and the economy, and patriotism, and leadership is in the Republic of Texas). Yes, we know. Sour grapes and all that.
On the Party side, Reince Priebus has a big article at Townhall today whining about how Barack Obama has let us all down on ethics, because he has, like, lobbyists and stuff getting favors from him. Do tell, Reince. Gosh darn the unethicality of it all!
And the latest bold ultra-rightwing bombshell (that’s sarcasm, folks) from the Party? Mitch Daniels is going to give the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union address, in this election year in which, according to the pundits and the Party officials, we are engaged in a titanic struggle to decide whether capitalism is good and whether, if it is, it would be best to balance the budget. Yes, the fiscal conservative and budget balancer from Indiana, who thinks Indiana’s 1851 Constitution is a horse-and-buggy document ill-suited to These Progressive Times and Moving Indiana Forward, is going to be the face of the Republican Party in the midst of the primary campaign, when the whole world is watching. Or….maybe the campaign will be all over by then, and we can all return to….civility.
……………………………..is that all there is? Is that all there is? To quote the beautiful, immortal and profound singer, the late, great Peggy Lee – “If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing.”