The Consummate Establishment Republican
17 June 2010

Modern day Republicanism is marked by a never ending desire to move to the center, to be moderate, to reach across the aisle and, in general, to look much like Democrats. All of this was typified by the 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, leaving Conservatives dismayed at having nobody to vote for.

Everything changed on tax day 2009 when the Tea Party movement burst on the scene, rapidly establishing itself as a major political force. Along with the Tea Party movement came the ascendancy of Conservatism. Just to be clear, I am not talking about some brand of Conservatism such as fiscal Conservatism or social Conservatism or compassionate Conservatism (whatever that is). I am referring to full constitutional Conservatism, it's what many of us know as plain old common sense.

Newt Gingrich is unquestionably one of the great Conservative thinkers of our time. I had long been a fan so I was aghast at the sight of Gingrich and Pelosi sitting next to each on a couch in a commercial about two years ago, proclaiming that we must take action against climate change. This tells us that not only does Newt actually believe in the so called climate change problem but he apparently sees some value in working with Nancy Pelosi to do something about it.

Fast forward now to the special election for New York's 23rd congressional district in the fall of 2009. The Republican party establishment had nominated Dierdre Scozzafava, a liberal Democrat who was masquerading as a Republican. The Conservative Party of New York had nominated Doug Hoffman. While some Republican leaders were being careful to distance themselves, in came Gingrich with an endorsement for Scozzafava. As history played out Sarah Palin and a host of others endorsed Doug Hoffman causing him to attain a big lead over Scozzafava in the polls. Scozzafava dropped out of the race and, showing her true colors, endorsed the Democrat candidate.

By this time I had become seriously disillusioned with Gingrich. Although he had great Conservative ideas he was proving himself to be unreliable in practical terms. He is a member of the Republican establishment, hopefully a dying breed, soon to be replaced by a cadre of right thinking Conservatives.

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