My response to the GOP pragmatists
I wrote this originally to Adjoran and Dana in the comments to TOM’s post on Cochran’s “victory,” but I want it placed here for the record.
Seems to me Cochran WAS as good as buried, but somebody dropped the ball. Somebody tried to play dirty, and it blew up on them. It’s a bit late for that side to complain about rough politics.
This is, of course, the establishment GOP’s line, and that it’s gained so much traction over the last two days makes me sick, particularly when it’s espoused by people who, were you to ask them, would claim to be conservatives.
So. Let me make this as clear as I can, because as you are all aware I no longer give a shit about being marginalized, which means only that I was principled long before it became fashionable: Dana, Adjoran, and others are advocating pulling the lever for a Republican primary nominee who won the primary run-off by campaigning against conservative principles and with the necessary and statistically substantial support of the putative opposition party. Thad Cochran, therefore, wishes to be the representative of a party whose members in MS he and his team have asserted are racists and (more troublingly) dangerously anti-big government constitutionalists. He ran on pork spending, food stamps, and segregation. He was praised by Barbara Boxer for his position that, naturally, it is the job of Senator to leave his state dependent on a flow of federal dollars and all the strings that come attached to them. He is, therefore, beholden.
Anyone who pulls the lever for him because it’s “pragmatic” to do so — because taking the Senate is of foremost importance, regardless of principle — let me ask you this: if it meant keeping the Democrats out of control of the Senate, would you let Haley Barbour bang you in the ass literally? If not, then stop with the bullshit sophistry and phony nuance. Liberty is not for sale; this is not a game; and until you take a stand against your abusers, your slave masters, you’re nothing but the GOP equivalent of an Uncle Tom. Me, I’m nobody’s slave. And the last time the GOP controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency — with the same establishment “realists” — we got TARP, enormous debt, bailouts, increased spending, No Child Left Behind, and an extraordinary increase of government. I learned my lesson then.
We have Obama because of the establishment. Those of you who still can’t see that are admitting to blindness while asking us to follow your lead.
There is absolutely no honor in supporting a team whose management refuses to make changes when better position players come along. Worse still, they actively look to injure said players while lecturing us about the importance of team. So for people who keep crying that we “Teasters” are “sore losers,” let me just say that we seldom hear the same charges when the “hard-nosed politicians who know how to play the game right” reject the wills of their supposed constituencies. Or maybe I’m just imagining Murkowsky or Lugar or Specter or Crist or Castle or Rove, etc.
Being a Hobbit means my hairy feet and fidelity to hoary old white man documents sometimes distract me, so I guess anything’s possible.
update: let me append to this post what is, I believe, a brilliant comment from Ernst, responding to Erick Erickson’s misguided idea that Cochran won fair and square [my emphasis]:
Whether it was fair and square or not is to really miss the point. The point is who get’s to do the deciding. Increasingly the Republican party is the proverbial politician looking to elect better voters.<
That’s what you call nutshelling it.
update 2: According to Chris McDaniels, among Republicans he won the GOP primary run off by 25000 votes — a GOP primary landslide, particularly against an incumbent who’s been in DC for 42 years.
And we have would-be “realists” counseling us to just put it behind us and go win the Senate. Because yay team!
Well. Fuck them. They called me a racist and they both wanted and needed the support of liberal democrats — progressives, Marxists, perennial entitlement recipients — in order to “win” the most conservative state in the union.
This won’t stand. It can’t.