This weekend National Review Institute hosted a Summit in Washington DC titled "The Future of Conservatism." The fact that National Review felt the need to call on Joe Scarborough to sum up the "Trouble with Conservatism" is Exhibit A for what is wrong with these navel-gazing enterprises. "I think the debate has been stifled. It has been stifled because we have created this conservative groupthink over 30 years that has become more and more narrow. A conservative groupthink that would allow all of our primary presidential candidates being asked if they would
Comments: What on earth is wrong with National Review?? He is the last person who should ever give the GOP advice. If so, we are doomed for failure forever. Good. Grief. No wonder we are in such trouble.
I have no problem hearing Scarborough´s views. As conservatives consider what to do, moving forward, all views should be heard. Though I probably would disagree with them, I have no problem hearing from David Frum, Kathleen Parker or David Brooks, either.
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We attended NRI summit this weekend in DC and felt that William Bennett gave the best advice in telling Republicans to take the offense in fighting Obama´s agenda, that defense was not enough. He told the story of a football coach who advised his players that the only time they should be looking down is if they were peeing into their shoes. If Mr. Bennett were a little younger and so inclined, we should nominate him in 2016.
The night owl with Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldbert and Rob Long was another highlight of the weekend and included toasts to Andrew Breitbart and William F. Buckley.
There were times when I scratched my head and wondered why a woman pundit was discussing a 47 year old woman´s concerns about birth control and abortion, or why illegals were being discussed as a focus of voters´ rights.
I listen to the moderate Republicans and the left wing Democrats so I can know how to refute them. It is hard to do and many times I can´t stand it and have to turn the channel.[stomach turns] I also can´t stand the extreme right wing Republicans who don´t know what they are talking about, but just blab an oft repeated phrase. I remember how Reagan was called a ´right wing extremist´ by the MSM and the Republican hierachy. He also was called a "liberal" by actual right wingers. [he used to be a Democrat they said and that stained him for life with them, Idiots] Why is the world so full of idiots who can´t think for themselves, and who don´t care about ´truth´?
I remember driving from Mobile to Charlotte with a stop in Pensacola over Thanksgiving 2000 to attend a rally for George Bush put together by Rep. Scarborough. He was GREAT! Don´t know what happened to him, as he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
He´s been dining out on his I´m -a -conservative -but schtick for a while. Considering the parade of leftists he hosts weekly, all spouting identical points of view, its absolutely ridiculous for him to accuse the conservative circular firing squad of groupthink. I´m not sure he even knows what it means or that he´s a particularly bright fellow.
Who else is just weary to the max of continual sniping at conservatives? Joe makes a living lying about us and so HIS opinion/-advice is sought after by serious strategists? Really? I heartily agree that top minds are needed, honest debate is needed but...this guy?
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Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela. Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better. Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above. Alter
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
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The most curious thing of all about the November jobs report released on Friday was the huge drop in the unemployment rate — and the fact that the Labor Department chose not to disclose that the data going into that figure are under investigation for falsification. On Nov. 19, I broke the news in my column that the Census Bureau, which collects data that goes into the jobless rate on behalf of Labor, had caught one of its enumerators fabricating interviews in 2010. The culprit said back then (and to me during an interview) that he was told to do so by
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a