Hobbit purist extremist fringe wingnut talk radio kook (and Constitutional scholar who worked in the Reagan Administration) Mark Levin challenges the "conservative" pragmatists in the rightwing movement media
From his show last evening [click over to The Right Scoop to listen to the audio]:
There’s only one way this country can be saved, with a conservative! And it’s high damn time that so-called conservative pundits, and conservative outlets, and conservative websites, and conservative magazines start acting their role! And I don’t just mean in their fundraising appeals, how conservative they are, but I mean use their intellectual power, use substance to support a conservative!
Romney is not a conservative. You’ve been going on and on about how Newt’s not a conservative. Great! So is the Weekly Standard going to endorse Santorum or Bachmann? Will National Review endorse Santorum or Bachmann? Will the Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has it’s own conservative problems with open borders and some other dumbass positions that it takes, will it be backing Santorum or Bachmann? Or are they all going to rally behind Romney? Now all of a sudden they want conservative purity when they apply it to Gingrich, but they don’t want conservative purity when they apply it to Romney
This went for Cain, as well — those who supported him were purists mesmerized by his charisma and not considered, politically literate voters sick of slick-talking establishment politicians backed by GOP money who tell us what we want to hear when campaigning, only to ease back into the status quo once elected; and besides, Cain isn’t even really conservative! — but that’s par for the course these days on the right, particularly among its opinion leaders and major media outlets.
I’m more convinced now than ever that nothing so disturbs Republican opinion leaders as an actual grass roots uprising that, led by presumptuous citizen activists whose distrust for a ruling elite is made manifest in rallies and town halls, threatens the influence of both the entrenched GOP political class and its attendant appendage of reliably GOP-first opinion shapers, most of whom have ties inside the Beltway.
Like the left, these power brokers and opinion shapers seem happy to use the “base” — in the case of the GOP, conservatives, classical liberals, certain libertarians, and right-leaning independents — to gain power; and yet it’s been clear in every legislative fight since the TEA Party contingent propelled the GOP back to power in the House (and significantly closed the margin in the Senate) in 2010 that, from the perspective of the establishment GOP, the conservatives had served their purpose, and now should shut up, fall in line, and recognize that they simply “don’t understand how DC operates.”
Even now, we’re being sold on “electability,” and the media is telling us all that’s left us is the choice of a perpetual candidate, and another DC insider, running as an outsider, whose solutions to problems seem very government-centric, and whose positions tend to change with the cultural ethos.
I’ll let you decide who is who.
There’s a reason the GOP and its pundits are driving certain candidates: they believe principles don’t sell, and that movement conservatism is too divisive to win a general election. Half a loaf is better than nothing, they tell us — and anything is better than a Marxist ideologue. So again, we all need to fall in line — or else we may as well cast our votes for Obama. Bachmann, Santorum? Not serious candiates. Pawlenty, Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie? Top tier.
Look: nobody wants to see Obama defeated more than I do. But I’m tired of the GOP using my disdain for left-liberals to force on me liberal Republicans who believe in big government (or, if you must, compassionate) conservatism — only with tax cuts!
I want a constitutionalist. A fighter. Someone who will at least try to move the needle back toward the classical liberalism upon which this country was founded and insist that we operate as a constitutional republic, not as some sort of dysfunctional post-constitutional dictatorship lent cover by an ideological oligarchy in the courts, and by a legislative branch that refuses to pass budgets once they’are able to lock one in that keeps the spending increases coming.
Can Gingrich or Romney be pressured into doing so? Yes, if they felt that’s what the zeitgeist demanded. But with our current House and Senate leadership on the GOP side, there is and will be no such pressure.
The ruling elite likes its place as the ruling elite. And gone are the days where most people run for office to make a difference.
The political class is getting rich while the rest of us suffer under the weight of its exertions of power and legislative and regulatory hubris. And the way to break the cycle is NOT to send our own status quo politicians to get rich, then rationalize such failure as a victory for the team.