Social conservatism’s easy target. Consumed with h8. No 007, he. Plus more.
OUT OF HAND
Re: G. Tracy Mehan’s Social Conservatives as Scapegoats:
This blaming of Sarah Palin for the election loss has gotten out of hand. It is being fed by “progressives,” many of whom are simply uninformed; a conservative colleague as of yesterday told me he understood that Governor Palin had said that she did not believe in evolution!
Mrs. Palin is the epitome of the All-America gal. Independent, pretty, smart, patriotic, a loving wife and mother. She is a great success as governor, managing a $7 billion budget and 11,000 state employees while running a budget surplus. She has an unheard of 80% approval rating. She’s also a self-made woman. She has not ridden her husband’s coattails like Hillary Clinton or had a wealthy father or husband finance her political career like Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein. In the art of governance her accomplishments far exceed those of Barack Obama. Yet she is called provincial, anti-intellectual, parochial, frightening, shocking, ignorant, even stupid, by resentful feminists-as-victims like Norah Vincent and self-important elites like Mark Lilla. But I expect such vicious and ignoble behavior from the likes of them. What is Peggy Noonan’s, Kathleen Parker’s or David Brooks’ excuse?
The qualities that she exhibits, that used to define the American
creed and American “exceptionalism,” and that were once a
role-model for young people, are a danger to the left in this
country, where statism, corporatism and the subordination of the
individual to the group, led of course by the left’s elite, are
the new models. The saddest part is the degeneration of so many
self-described conservatives into what Margaret Thatcher called
“wets,” who are nothing more than modern day liberals on a
slightly slower schedule.
— Paul DeSisto
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
Mr. Mehan makes some very valid points…about the general election. Unfortunately, however, we social conservatives can be blamed for this loss. It started back in the primaries when social conservatives refused to support Romney for his “late” conversion to the pro-life position along with his Mormon faith. Social conservatives lined up behind Huckabee, who allied with McCain to torpedo Romney, who would have been a much stronger general election candidate. And for that, they got McCain, who had a very inspired VP pick in Palin (I was and am very much in favor of her being on the ticket) but immediately mishandled her. Who refused to attack Obama in areas near and dear to social conservatives such as infanticide and the Freedom of Choice Act. Who basically ceded the culture war to the Democrats.
But the larger question is, primary election influence
notwithstanding, do the social conservatives have much clout? In
several swing states where there was a high evangelical turnout,
like Minnesota, Obama got about a third of that vote.
Evangelicals have certainly shown themselves to be lured by
things like environmentalism. The Dems’ message that it is a
pro-life issue seems to have some influence. Can the acceptance
of socialism be far behind? And young voters are
certainly less exercised about abortion and homosexual
rights. That is the future, especially with Obama’s and
Ayers’ colleagues in charge of our schools. In addition, our
pulpits are filled with the message to love the sinner and hate
the sin. A fine Christian sentiment, but, when carried into
the political realm, it lets people off the hook for policy
decisions as well. Obama may support infanticide, but
shouldn’t we overlook that because we love him? I think that
social conservatives still have a lot of clout, especially if you
look at exit poll numbers, but if we will not stand united, there
is little need to bother with us.
— Andrew J. Macfadyen, M.D.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Tracy Mehan piece on the ritual scapegoating of the social conservatives, usually led by those uber-courageous, raging “moderates” (a code word for spineless RINO) of the Christine Todd Whitman persuasion. After virtually every election whether Republicans (conservatives) win or lose, these Little Johnny One Notes emerge from the fog to tell conservatives the only way to win is to, and they say this with a straight face, become Liberal Lite, which may sound reasonable on its surface, but is actually a recipe for political New Coke.
We lost the ‘08 election in good part because the candidates (with an Alaskan exception) mounted an incoherent and chaotic campaign which failed to address the single prominent issue of the election; i.e. after eight years of Bushian “compassionate conservatism” and GOP congressional stupidity and corruption could the voters trust the GOP to actually govern on conservative Reaganesque principles? The voter’s answer was obviously an emphatic no! The irony that voters would turn to the party that has given us a Pelosi-Reid Congress with a 9% approval rating to lead the country was not lost upon me.
Let me remind those alleged Republicans who want the party to
divorce itself from all that inconvenient social conservatism of
a key historical fact. It was a largely social conservative
movement, growing out of the Great Awakening and rooted firmly in
our churches which stood four square for the abolition of slavery
which created the GOP in the middle of the 19th Century and gave
us our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln.
— Frank Stevenson
Well, this is comforting news.
“The challenges that we are confronting are enormous and they are multiple. And so there are times during the course of a given day where you think: ‘Where do I start in terms of moving — moving things forward?’” Obama just said that on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
We have an incoming president who doesn’t know where to start.
Several times every day.
No wonder he wants to have Republicans in his administration.
Add to that Mehan’s notion about scapegoats and it suggests another reason — so he can co-opt them in 2012 when they won’t be able to place all of the blame on him.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?