Republican Establishment Strikes AgainSubmitted by Kevin Tuma on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 16:33
Republican Establishment Strikes Again
By Larry Thornberry on 5.19.09 @ 6:08AM
TAMPA-- Ronald Reagan taught Republicans some priceless lessons on how to succeed politically. Lessons about both ideology and style. The old cowpoke showed us how to solve some of the nation's problems with conservative principles and policies, and did it in a cheery, upbeat way that left voters happy and confident about America.
When the Gipper left office in January of 1989, the Republican establishment remembered these vital lessons. For about an hour and a half.
George H.W. Bush ran in 1988 on a pledge to be Reagan III. But he soon reverted to his own form. We all remember what then happened to "Read my lips, no new taxes." And the Federal Register under George the First soon regained the elephantine heft it sported before Reagan put the brakes on federal regulation. Since then Republican poobahs and money-men have supported countless RINOs (often against solid conservative candidates), careerists with no philosophy or soul, and other me-toos who gave us a Republican president and a Republican Congress better at spending than even the Democrats and no detectable progress on any conservative social issue. This was the lot that was routed in '06 and again in '08.
Democrats decry to every open mike they can find how conservative the Republican Party has become. If only it were so.
Considering recent history, it should come as no surprise that with what promises to become an exciting 2010 Senate primary race shaping up in Florida between a substance-free, moderate-to-liberal governor and a conservative former speaker of the Florida House, the Republican establishment has lined up to give the liberal governor a big, wet tongue kiss, and has not so subtly tried to elbow the conservative aside. These guys clearly miss Arlen Specter already, and are searching for his replacement.
They think they've found him in moderate-to-liberal Florida governor, Charlie Crist, who campaigned in his own state for our rookie president's bank-busting goodie package, aka the stimulus bill. Crist has tried to get the Florida Legislature to adopt a carbon cap and trade program and to force Florida utilities into generating an unreasonable percentage of their electricity using "renewable fuels," the kind that excite environmentalists' erogenous zones but exist in but trifling amounts and are bloody expensive. He also wants California-like auto emissions standards that would cost a packet but provide a negligible improvement in Florida's air.
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