My advice to “social conservatives”
It’s unsolicited, but here it is, anyway: leave the GOP. Give your two weeks notice. Because you are always going to be portrayed as the problem, and the solution is always going to be that you need to shut your clownish pieholes. Not only that, but you use your franchise in a way that simply isn’t helpful, voting in primaries the way you do for candidates that don’t have the cross-over appeal of electable candidates like Mitt Romney, who though he wasn’t elected, electable though he was, is not to be blamed for the election loss, having outperformed Senate candidates (who are OUTRAGEOUS EMBARASSMENTS) in Missouri and Indiana.
— And that fact, that Romney carried those states but the Senate candidates whose disgusting and archaic clinging to pro-life dogma (which, incidentally, is written into the GOP platform, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually serious about that shit — that’s just so you’ll join their coalition of hypercharged centrism) did not, is PROOF that it is social conservatism and the purists who are holding back the GOP. Nevermind that those candidates weren’t given the GOP’s support in those states, while Romney was, which tends to problematize the “science” behind that fact. Because shut up.
So. If you’re going to ignore my advice, here’s the only way forward for you: stop voting your conscience. Stop voting for candidates in primaries the GOP establishment — who incidentally is also not to blame, even though they control everything from the message to the convention to the GOTV campaign to the money doled out to candidates to the way the primaries are set up — hasn’t vetted for you. Always stick with the incumbent, because even if he or she isn’t voting in your interests and doesn’t really represent you (or, in the case of Lugar, doesn’t even bother to live in your state), he or she is a better alternative than the Democrat, and your refusal to vote for someone who doesn’t represent you will ensure that someone who doesn’t represent you will be elected. And that’ll be your fault, particularly if that someone isn’t wearing the team colors.
Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz — these were all flukes. Sure the GOP establishment actively worked against them in the primaries — not their fault, though, because they were merely sticking with incumbents and centrists with crossover appeal, which is the only way to win, unless you are any one of the liberal Republican Senatorial or House candidates they backed who lost, or you’re George H. W. Bush, or Bob Dole, or John McCain, or Gerald Ford, or Mitt Romney — but ignore that: the fault for any loss is yours. It’s your clownish extremism. Your having adopted and taken seriously a stance written into the party platform, when everyone knows that’s just there as a sop to you. Try some fucking loyalty, why don’t you?
The President can defend legislation that would require health care professionals to deny a baby born alive after a botched abortion medical aid. That is, infanticide. Nothing extreme about that. The Dems can push legislation that turns human exhalation into a pollutant that they’re entitled to regulate, turn puddles in your field into navigable waters that they control, and tell churches and their members that they must subsidize abortifacients that they require be made available. Extreme? Posh. That’s progress!
Meanwhile, moderate centrists can push legislation as governor that requires people to purchase health insurance — effectively turning them into subjects of the state — and then they can be elevated as the only “electable” GOP candidate, put up against a man who adopted the same plan nationally, repudiate that plan while never repudiating their own, and that is deemed an effective campaign strategy that you bitterclingers ruined with all your social conservatism and concern over actual issues.
Because you just don’t get how DC works. Or how the press, like it or not, is like a force of nature and will always and forever control the narrative — and fighting it is fruitless. This isn’t about you. “We” would have won but for you. This is about taking one for the team — getting electable moderate Republicans into office, where they govern in ways that you don’t want, but they can at least do it on your behalf, wearing your team colors. Staying at home, or voting your conscience in a primary, these are simply not things that “we” can tolerate if you wish to join our big tent. As its doormats, sure. But at least you’re inside.
So you have a choice to make: either surrender your principles, keep your mouths shut, and help the team out by supporting the candidates and message it tells you to (and no, they needn’t do the same for any candidates you nominate, because you were stupid for nominating the clownish haters who represent your hateful clownish views in the first place, and they are perfectly within their rights to sabotage those campaigns, even though EVERY SEAT IS SO IMPORTANT WE MUST WIN IT), or else get out.
Me, I’d choose the latter — hell, I already have — and I’m not even a social con. But I’m also not Karl Rove’s bitch; Hugh Hewitt is not the boss of me; and Ann Coulter has long since become a parody of herself — and I don’t plan on compromising my principles because I’m told that’s the only way to win representation.
Yes, I voted for Romney because I wanted Obama out. I felt the need to stop the socialist express in DC. Evidently, the GOP establishment (whose fault this wasn’t, and besides, they don’t even exist) didn’t feel the same pressing need, actively attacking Akin, retreating from Mourdock (who is a damn fine conservative, incidentally), withholding money from Bachmann, screwing West, and on and on. But that’s only because they wanted to teach you a lesson. About How Things Work and Who’s In Charge. It was tough love, you see, meant to puncture your idealist bubble so that you can come to understand that elections aren’t about principles, they are about soundbites, focus groups, likability, and consultants.
Sadly, for all their hard work and solicitousness, I’m still a “purist.” So let the pragmatists have the GOP, I say. Lord knows they would win everything always if it wasn’t for social cons and constitutional True Believers (just ask them!) — if we would just get in line and adopt the left’s paradigm or get out of the way altogether. Because by adopting the left’s paradigm we could have two left-leaning parties, but at least the lesser left-leaning of the two would hold all the power. And in the end, that’s what matters, right?
Submit or be scapegoated in perpetuity. Or else get out. Your choice.
(h/t Blake H)