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Conservatives Who Vote Republican are Like Blacks Who Vote Democrat

Both groups keep voting for political party officials who make promises to them and then do not keep those promises once elected. Here is Rush Limbaugh talking about that yesterday:

[ … ] RUSH: You can’t take Jimmy Carter out of the Reagan equation. This is not to take anything away from Reagan, but Jimmy Carter so botched everything in this country. I’m not taking anything away from Reagan. It’s interesting you say this; because I found last night a couple of fascinating pieces by the same author at the American Thinker, and he said that there are two scenarios here that Republicans can follow. I’ll have to read excerpts to you because it’s really, really good. The first excerpt is: Why are you people in a funk? Look at all the good that’s happened in this country the last eight years, and he went through the list of all the great things that have happened and the great course that we’re on. In the second piece, he took your position: You know what, things are really going bad; the Republicans have totally, totally abandoned their conservative promises. All this talk about doing something about the life issue, all this talk about doing something about spending, all this talk about reforming the tax code. They haven’t done diddly-squat.

So it may well be that some Republicans are going to say, “To hell with it.” It’s sort of like an analogy to the black vote in the Democrat Party. The black vote keeps voting Democrat, expecting all these problems to get fixed and they never get fixed. The conservatives in the Republican Party keep voting Republican, expecting all these things to get fixed and the opposite happens: earmarks, uncontrolled spending, Republican presidents letting Ted Kennedy write the education bill, on and on and on and on and on. So the theory is in the second scenario, a lot of people might just sit out — which would give the election to Hillary or Obama, which in turn could do such damage to the country that by 2012, that that will bring about the new Reagan, that the new Reagan’s not possible in this scenario. I don’t know about this “new Reagan” business. But his point is that somebody far more conservative than we have on the roster now would surface in 2012 as opposed to now. [ … ]

On one side, it chides all of us — well, not me because I’m not in a funk about the country. But it chides everybody who’s in a funk about the country. Wake up, we’re Americans! Look at all the good things that are happening. Look at the great future we have here. Look at how the rest of the world lives. What do you want? And it chronicles specific successes that this administration has had, with judges to the Supreme Court, tax cuts, an expanding economy coming off a Clinton mini-recession, and then 9/11. There are a lot of reasons to feel happy, a lot of reasons to feel optimistic. The second scenario is a down-to-earth appraisal of how Republicans who have campaigned as conservatives have not governed that way and let anybody down and that’s why there’s a funk and people may not vote, pure and simple. Because they’re fed up with empty promises, and the conservatives are not going to be repeating the mistakes of the black voters in this country by continuing to vote for endless promises that never happen on the Democrat side. [ … ]


January 9, 2008 , 12:38AM - Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Conservatism, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh

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