Craig Shirley, Reagan biographer, businessman, author, ponders the state of the GOP.
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There will be no Chairman Shirley — and if I may say so, that is the RNC’s loss.
But there are several important points here.
First, somebody with considerable experience in Republican politics is making a point that will surely shock some: the call for a blue ribbon commission to investigate the Republican Party because of “massive problems” inside the party:
“The Republican Party appears to many to be a racket with no organizing philosophy except bashing Obama for the cynical purposes of raising money.”
I’ll second Craig’s suggestion… and I bet there are others who would do the same.
Second, Craig was equally blunt in saying:
“It makes little sense to ask someone to contribute to a party that is made up of Reaganites and Bushies. They are inconsistent philosophies. And since Reaganism is closer to the natural roots of the party’s of support for less government and more freedom, it seems to me that the GOP ought not to be afraid to stand for something and admonish Republicans who do not. Right now, the Republican Party more resembles the Politburo than Independence Hall.”
Ouch again. This point is not only one that has risen again and again in the GOP over the decades (and it predates the Reagan-Bush divide). It has also shown itself with British Conservatives and the divide between Ronald Reagan’s great friend Margaret Thatcher and those in her party that were labeled, during her heyday, the “wets” — moderates who tended to go wobbly on issues of domestic policy.
Thatcher (hat tip to conservative writer Jen Kuznicki) made the point when she said this about some of her fellow British Conservatives:
“There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it.”
This is from the woman who once said to President Bush 41 when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait that “This is no time to go wobbly, George.”
Craig Shirley is an accomplished guy as both businessman and writer.
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.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online