GOP should ignore Democrat playbook
By Christopher Adamo
It should be glaringly obvious from the widespread Democrat excommunication of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman that the party is verging on political implosion. That is, of course, unless those GOP "moderates" once again ride to the rescue. It has happened before.
At more than one liberal gathering in recent months, Hillary has been jeered and heckled by the crowds for her infidelity to their demands for immediate withdrawal from Iraq. Seeking to convince mainstream America that she is not of the "cut and run" crowd, Senator Clinton attempted to stake out a policy position that neither supports the President nor abandons the war on terror. But among liberal hard-liners, such posturing will not fly.
Yet seasoned Democrat politicians, though no less sympathetic to the causes and loyalties of the hard-left, nevertheless see a need to appear somewhat temperate in order to retain the support of a sufficient number of Americans necessary to win elections.
As a result, observant citizens have been treated to an entertaining, albeit ineffective "balancing act" by high-profile Democrats, whereby they seek to advance the liberal party line while hopefully not appearing to be out of touch with traditional America. Since the advent of the alternative media, the ploy has not worked. Yet they remain mired in this failed strategy for lack of any reasonable alternative.
Primarily, as Democrats finally recognize the necessity to move to the "right" in order to gain wider appeal, clueless Republican hacks misinterpret the action, assuming instead that the most advantageous position is in the political "center." Ultimately, the "me too" wing of the GOP attempts to counter this Democrat tactic by pressing their party to do likewise, which results in a leftward shift among the Republicans.
Such unprincipled political posturing seems reasonable to those whose entire world exists within the boundaries of the Beltway. But to real America, the resultant "moderation" of the party is thoroughly dispiriting. Ultimately, irrespective of electoral gains or losses, Democrats retain an inordinate control of the agenda.
Despite the hopes of those consummate pragmatists of the Republican "inner circle," the nomination of either would lead to electoral disaster. Hardly appealing to a "wider following" as hoped for by party strategists, the elements of liberalism embraced by McCain, Guiliani, and their type are as appealing of a mix as a few drops of dishwater added to the Perrier.
Similarly, on a host of issues from immigration to pork barrel spending, the track record of Congressional and Senate Republicans, along with the President, has hardly been something to inspire conservatives.
A far more courageous and principled approach would be for the GOP to firmly anchor itself in conservative principle, and make no apologies for doing so. Thus, it would establish a standard that no pandering Democrat could credibly mimic.
The Democrat Party is desperately flailing as it pursues the unfathomable task of establishing an agenda that will pacify its radical base while appealing to the American mainstream. Liberalism is in retreat.
This is no time to allow Republican "moderates" to hijack the Party and take it down a path that follows the American left into oblivion.
Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer and staff writer for the New Media Alliance. He lives in southeastern Wyoming with his wife and sons. He has been active in local and state politics for many years.
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