by Hale "Bonddad" Stewart
I have a guilty pleasure to admit: I have been listening to right wing radio over the last few weeks with increasing pleasure. I am reminded of the phrase, "when in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging." However, it's doubtful they will take my advice. But in listening to Rush and Hannity and reading the likes of Powerline and RedState, I see them dance around the central issue without quite getting there. So let me offer my help to help them get to that ever important point of acceptance.
You guys controlled the While House and Congress for 6 years. The country saw what you want to accomplish and are experiencing the impact of your policies. And guess what? THEY THINK CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT STINKS.
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Some sure signs that the public is catching on:
Voter participation: participation in the Democratic primaries and caucuses are running 2:1 versus participation in the Republican analogues.
Find Raising: Democratic fund raising has outstripped Republican fund raising at unprecedented levels. Even those corporate entities that used to generously fund the Republican election efforts (while throwing Democrats a bone as a way to hedge the bet) have switched their proportions, giving the Democrats the lion's share this time around ... in spite of some rather anti-corporate positions.
Look at who!: Out of a pack of seven or eight conservative alternatives, Republican voters have made a moderate, John McCain, the Republican front runner by an insurmountable margin. Even though McCain has an 85% conservative voting record index (so much for being a "maverick"), he's not enough to the right for the "movement"? Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh have both sworn to work for Hilary if McCain becomes the nominee? What's up with that? I guess ideological purity trumps party loyalty and even concern for the nation.