Saturday, October 25, 2008

'Staunch conservative,' my foot

"Cakewalk Ken" Adelman headlines his self-justification, "Why a Staunch Conservative Like Me Endorsed Obama":
Granted, McCain's views are closer to mine than Obama's. But I've learned over this Bush era to value competence along with ideology. Otherwise, our ideology gets discredited, as it has so disastrously over the past eight years.
McCain's temperament -- leading him to bizarre behavior during the week the economic crisis broke -- and his judgment -- leading him to Wasilla -- depressed me into thinking that "our guy" would be a(nother) lousy conservative president. Been there, done that.
Keep in mind that this is coming from a supporter of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Bill Kristol's "National Greatness" outfit that pushed for the invasion of Iraq. It's one thing not to support McCain (I've said since February I would vote Libertarian this year), but to endorse Obama? Not conservative. And definitely not "staunch."

UPDATE: Matt Lewis observes:
[I]f Adelman values conservative philosophy above all else, shouldn't he consider a "competent" liberal be the worst possible combination? After all, an incompetent liberal might not be able to pass liberal legislation -- but a competent liberal would use his intellect and ability to pass tax hikes, create more departments, nationalize more industries, etc.
In 2000, the thing to value was character and integrity, because it was perceived that Clinton lacked that. In 2008, the thing to value is competence, because it is perceived that Bush lacked that.
Very good point. And it's remarkable the extent to which a supposedly minor patronage appointment -- GOP lawyer Mike Brown at FEMA -- helped destroy the Bush administration. Heckuva job.


  1. Man. When it rains it pours.
    Now this guy is throwing Bush under the bus...
    And it seems that soon they'll all be throwing each other under the bus.
    Palin is the most dangerous thing to happen to the Republican party since Cheney. She's begun positioning herself for 2012 and using McCain for her personal gain. The thing to fear with her is that she is so obviously fame hungry that you have to question what her political motives are.I say she's better off leaving politics altogether and take the Huckabee route. Let Fox give her a show of her own,where her miniscule intellect would make a great fit.
    But it seems that Repugs are heading into a new political era where Joe the Plumber and Palin the Hockey Mom are the inheritors of the flawed ideology that has driven this party for the last 12 years.Obviously, this is good for Dems.
    These two yokels cannot be taken seriously...

  2. Hitler Dee runs against Hitler Dum, "...just like it was in ancient Athens and Rome."

    American conservatives use 1,000 degree napalm -
    American liberals use 999.9 degree napalm

    Would you like fires or onion rings, red or black caviar - it's all just deep fried or fishy?

    Stay on groovin' safari,

  3. Ain't that the truth, tor. Not a dime's worth of difference between the two, which is why Barr has my vote.

    young 4-eyes, much like most Democrats these days, have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the hell is going on in the GOP, and what conservatism actually is. (Read Goldwater's "The Conscience of a Conservative", and then try to argue that GWB's administration even remotely compares).

    GWB is not a conservative, in any way, shape or form. What we have had these last 8 years is not conservatism.

    The Scoop Jackson Democrats (neocons) invaded the GOP, ruined it with their big-government, borrow-and-spend, interventionist ways, and now that their systematic destruction of the GOP is complete, they're making their way home to the Democrat Party, thank God.

  4. "GWB is not a conservative, in any way, shape or form. What we have had these last 8 years is not conservatism. "
    Rae, I bet it took you 8 years to realize Bush is not a conservative.And I bet you voted for Bush twice.
    And maybe Democrats don't know what conservatism really is because there conservatism doesn't really exist.
    As far as I can tell, conservatism consists of several hot button issues that politicians exploit for votes. As far as I can tell, conservatism is nothing more than sunshine-up-your-arse rhetoric intended to distract from real Republican agendas. Conservatism is not a philosophy , it is a cultural attitude( which explains the " Palin Idolatry Syndrome").
    Self-professed Conservatives have spent the last 8 years jumping through hoops for Bush.Only now do you see the en masse departure from the Republican reservation.
    And now,Rae, even you are looking to throw Bush and the Neocons under the bus! You even tried to paint Neocons as former Democrats which is...cute.
    You and your party are coming undone.

  5. And now,Rae, even you are looking to throw Bush and the Neocons under the bus!

    Only now? Really? What on Earth has been wrong with me all these years! /sarcasm

    You even tried to paint Neocons as former Democrats which is...cute.

    Heh. You mean to tell me you've never heard of Scoop Jackson?

    Young 4-eyes assumes far too much about Rae, and knows sad little about what true conservatism stands for (seriously, read Goldwater's book), and had no idea that neocons are former Democrats.

    You know what they say about assumptions, y4-e. And then there's Lincoln's sage advice, which you would do well to heed.

    And as far as your party goes, you would all do well to remember that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    You and your party are coming undone.

    I'm a member of the LP. Is that the party you mean?

    In any case, if this election has been good for anything, it's that the Democrat Party have finally exposed themselves for what they really are - Socialists.