By the way, that's pronounced -Lim-bo-. I think it's Olde English.
But coincidentally, Rush Limbaugh droned on today about how "pseudo-conservatives" are calling him a cry-baby when it is they who are trying to change the Republican party, while only yesterday, George Bush labeled John McCain a "true conservative."
It's enough to make a "real conservative" want to scream.
Let me put it in a nutshell – in fact, let me recycle an old nutshell: when Limbaugh brought up McCain-Feingold today without mentioning George Bush, he demonstrated (again) that he is not the all-seeing, all-knowing pundit he claims to be. Once again… John McCain is enormously less responsible for McCain-Feingold than George Bush is. I don't even need to say anything more since those who understand how a bill becomes a law can put the rest together themselves…
But apparently Limbaugh can't.
Just like he doesn't seem to grasp how he and Ann and Han are largely responsible for John McCain.
Every time Bush signed a bill or acted in a way that was not only contrary to conservative principles but anathema to conservatives themselves and this Big Three of commentators failed to excoriate the President and demand redress, they helped pave the road to a John McCain Presidency.
Did they lash out against Bush for signing M-F? How about the prescription drug program? Spending? The border? Did they scream bloody murder when Bush did nothing as a hundred soldiers died every month in Iraq? In fact, to my recollection, it was Ann alone who said enough is enough with the Harriett Myers nomination. What a time to take a stand, eh?
And even as Coulter recolied in horror at Myers, she specifically said that Bush was performing "magnificently' on Iraq. Others were simply not willing to draw any line – ever, as I recall.
Here's another nutshell – John McCain is as conservative as any major candidate the Republicans had to choose from, and again, I don't need to say more since if one is in control of his senses, he knows that's true.
Now that may not be saying much of John McCain, but that's another part of the problem which is best noted this way: Where have all the conservatives gone, long time passing…
Sure they're there… somewhere… but they aren't asserting themselves any better than the pundits did when Bush "acted up," or the conservative electorate is now. In short, conservatism is floundering, and there is no one to take up the mantle. Ann and I agree that Duncan Hunter was the best choice in the bunch, but that's only if one is choosing by the numbers and not a flesh and blood human being.
So I suggest that conservatives get behind McCain the way they did for Bush. But unlike the way they've been toward Bush, I suggest they respond to President McCain the way they should have toward Bush. Of course, I really didn't need to add that last part about criticizing President McCain because it's a given… unless… hey, you don't think conservatives will clam up again once he's President, do you?
No, I was just kidding. Their eyes are wide shut now. So the question for conservatives is: Why didn't you open them seven or so years ago? At this point, George Bush couldn't care less what you think, and John McCain may not need you. But it could be worse… I could be the nominee, and I'm brimming over with contempt for the Limbaugh Wing for screaming too loud, too late.