Attention Conservatives! The Liberals Have Slipped a Note Under Our Door
A note that tells us we are in peril and dying a slow death.
According to the progressive watchdogs writing at the political blog Buzz Flash, a self described “Progressive Beacon of Hope we have to ponder “The GOP’s worrisome degeneration: Yes, worrisome”:
THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter
Nothing better exemplifies the self-tightening noose around the GOP’s neck than that of Sen. Arlen Specter’s reelection bid. It promises to be a real humdinger of the party’s genetic drift.
Earlier this week in a campaign profile, the NY Times opened with merely one glimpse into Specter’s many troubles: It was Monday, and the Republican senator was “visit[ing] the police department in Darby, Pa. … to hand out $221,000 in federal stimulus money,” while being feted for his check-delivering “courageous vote” by the town’s congressman, Democrat Robert Brady.
Ouch. Unavoidable in this case, but still something no contemporary Republican pol can comfortably afford to have his base see or hear. Because the base, however much it may be unraveling and shrinking and bouncing off walls, remains not only fundamentally opposed to any reasonable collaboration, but self-destructively so.
That’s why, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 30-year Senate-veteran Specter now trails his primary opponent, former congressman and ideological hardliner Pat Toomey, by a whopping 14 points. As further evidence of Specter’s slipping grasp on his livelihood, “the chairmen of both the Pennsylvania and national Republican parties have said they were open to backing a challenger” — Hello, Pat — in what the Times charitably understated as “an unusual slight to a five-term incumbent.”
Sounds like good news to me. I would gladly like to see the stimulus voting Obama butt kissing Specter go packing with his RINO tail behind him.
This is GOOD NEWS right? I guess that depends on who you ask. In my opinion Specter’s yes vote on the stimulus bill was enough for me to write him off and I don’t live in Pennsylvania. The article continues to conjure sympathy for Specter:
His opponent’s political crimes, say Toomey, include “vot[ing] for increased government spending and a liberal agenda on social, labor, immigration and national security policies” — meaning only that Specter is insufficiently anti-recovery, anti-social, anti-labor, anti-nativist and anti-totalitarian.
No, No those clinging to such positions are not a crime…UNLESS YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN. Still we are led to believe that the news of Specter’s impending political demise should send conservatives skittering like insects.
Most of all, the GOP either cannot or refuses to see that the tossing overboard of moderates such as Specter represents the straightest line from Point A of big trouble to Point B of certain doom. Virtually all the electoral stars — from the specifics of emerging demographics to general transformations in national political attitudes — are aligned against an unpragmatic conservatism, let alone any further shift to the right.
If the party fails to moderate, then by omission it’s taking just one more step toward a political graveyard of fractured conservatism. Why do I care, rather than rejoice? Why should you care? Because a morbidly ineffective opposition does no favors for liberalism’s vibrancy or the vitality of a social democracy. Absent a healthy competitor to keep its game sharp, modern progressivism could die a quick, sloppy and arrogant death: just recall what happened to the modern GOP.
It’s that simple, and that worrisome.
Thanks for shining that “progressive beacon of light” to guide our wayward conservative way but you know what…SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Take your advice, take your RINO Arlen Specter and curl up like oragami and die. Unlike Sen. Specter, true Republicans did not vote for the stimulus and will never rub against your leg purring for reassurance. Sure you tolerate Arlen Specter. Do you want to know why?
Again thanks for the note (crumbles up throws in trash, dumps kitty litter abundant with feces on top).
Autographed Letter Signed,