Wednesday, February 06, 2008


A Non-Conservative GOP?

Okay, as of midnight Eastern time, 13 of the 21 Republican contested primary and caucus states were won by McCain and Huckabee -- the two candidates that the so-called conservative political talking-head elite declared were "not conservative." Meanwhile, Mitt Romney -- favored choice of this conservative punditocracy is stuck scrabbling a few states other than his "home" states of Massachusetts and Utah. Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter, et. al. you're going to have to deal with the faces of the new Republican Party -- like it or not.

UPDATE: Clarification -- "punditocracy" added after "this conservative" in the second paragraph.

UPDATE II: Roughly speaking, McCain, Romney and Huckabee represent, respectively, what has been called the three "stools" of the Republican base -- national security, economics and morality/values. Well, don't look now, but across the country, the national security/values combination just trounced the economic/fiscal conservatism candidate. Is it just a coincidence that this result occurs the day after the "holy warrior" George W. Bush dropped his farewell "gift" to Congress -- a $3.1 t rillion budget with a $409 billion deficit? In a political environment where concern over the economy is higher than it has been in years, these developments spells bad news for the GOP come November -- unless something drastic occurs to change the playing field in the weeks ahead.

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