Rove staffer attack on MRC’s Brent Bozell as “hater” ignites anti-Rove backlash.
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If there is a lesson learned from all this it should be — must be — about the vital nature of issues like the Constitution and Big Government to the conservative base. And yes, abortion and guns, the pro-life view, pro-gun view that is so unpopular with elites.
Also getting serious attention from conservatives is this pointed quote from Craig Shirley. The Reagan biographer, who also signed this letter, has the attention of a lot of conservatives for saying:
“Eric Hoffer once said all great causes evolved into businesses and eventually descend into a racket. The Republican Party appears to many to be a racket with no organizing philosophy except bashing Obama for the cynical purposes of raising money.”
Mr. Rove has said repeatedly he does not earn a dime from American Crossroads, and I believe him. But the point here goes to the larger issue of the Washington political fundraising culture — and this technical but critically important issue certainly has conservative attention.
It is safe to say conservatives are deeply committed to all these issues — and more. They are determined to choose their own candidates. When they lose — they will take their lumps. And when they win — with candidates like Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Ron Johnson — they expect to see these men turning Washington, D.C. inside out and upside down. Taking on the liberal leviathan with all the enthusiasm of Brent Bozell’s uncle Bill Buckley and his great friend Ronald Reagan.
It’s hard work.
After a lifetime of this hard work, Brent Bozell deserves infinitely more than the casual dismissal given him by Mr. Collegio. The signatures on that letter are a sign of just how well thought of Mr. Bozell is with conservatives. Most assuredly I count myself as one of those friends and admirers of this man’s indefatigable energy and intellectual contributions to the cause made famous by so many distinguished members of his own family.
This is an unexpectedly useful moment. A time to get all of this out on the table. To sort it out. Before 2014 much less 2016 is upon us.
But one thing is certain.
It is very safe to say the leaders of today’s conservative movement, Brent Bozell included, will be damned if they are going to hand over the rich and deep heritage of that movement to Mr. Rove’s wildly misnamed “Conservative Victory Project.”
Or anybody else with similar inclinations.
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