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Republicans: Resistance is Futile

In the last few days, a few Republican presidential candidates have broken with party orthodoxy in order to state what would seem to be obvious truths.

For example, in an interview with Time magazine, Jon Huntsman said:

I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them.

Then former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stunned Republicans by daring to attack the current Republican budget proposal, which dismantles Medicare in favor of a voucher system. On “Meet the Press” Gingrich said “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.” Gingrich also called it “radical change” and “too big a jump”.

When these two statements came out, I was initially pleased. It was the first time in years I had seen any Republicans attempt to break away from the hive mind. Republicans had tied themselves so tightly to their more radical elements that there wasn’t any chance of them appealing to enough moderates to win a presidential election. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Republicans pledged to absolutely protect Medicare, which is a very popular program with older Americans, who make up a significant portion of Republican voters. It is hard to imagine any Republican candidate having any chance of being elected president if they want to radically change the Medicare system they promised to preserve.

Unfortunately, my initial pleasure was misplaced. The voices of Republican orthodoxy struck back quickly and fiercely. American Spectator accused Huntsman of falling for the man-made climate change scam. Jonathan Tobin said “If Huntsman is serious about wanting to be the GOP nominee, he is going to have to start thinking and talking like a conservative.” I guess if you believe in science, you can’t be a conservative.

The reaction to Gingrich was even more severe, with multiple Republicans claiming that he has killed his chances for the Republican nomination before he even started campaigning. As the conservative drones piled on the attacks, not a single prominent Republican dared defend Gingrich’s comments. And Gingrich himself responded by backpedaling furiously, issuing a personal apology to House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan and telling Fox News “I made a mistake”.

But what makes this ironic is that by making Ryan’s budget plan and Medicare overhaul “the ultimate conservative litmus test” the real winner is Obama.

UPDATE: More about the deep hole that Gingrich has dug for himself.

UPDATE 2: The Daily Show sums it up hilariously:



  1. Dan wrote:

    If that’s their plan then mostly those breathing foxygen will be voting for them.
    Global warming, why are we still arguing about if it’s man made? Going “green” makes sense economically AND it is also a grave matter of national defense.
    What causes it is a mute point. There are natural cycles, but now the green house gasses have gone off the natural scale. In short, both sides are correct, just one more then the other.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    If any of you are betting folk, you might get a kick out of this:

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:19 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    Remember Michael Steele when he was made head of the RNC: His statement on abortion “Prochoice” which is any reasonable person would say. Then the Republican Dogma jumped on him.

    Read the book “Hot” by Mark Hertsgaard (preaching to the choir here)

    And watch the results of the election in Western New York for the seat of Chris Lee. It is dead heat between the Democrat and the Republican-in a 99.6% Republican district. All Kathy Hochel needs to mention is that her opponent wants to follow the Republican cant on Medicare. Vote is May 24th. Reddest district in New York.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  4. Jason Ray wrote:

    @Starluna – THANK YOU that link is awesome!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Starluna, I get “Access Denied” when I click on your link. It must have expired. It appears to be a jpg file — can someone send the file to me and I’ll post it?

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Permalink
  6. starluna wrote:

    Try this link.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  7. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Thats great Starluna, thanks for the laugh! I think they’ll be able to eliminate Newt soon (although pundits will miss his entertainment value) and Santorum haveing just earned the idiot award saying that McCain doesn’t really know anything about “enhanced interogation”, which should earn him an early exit as well.

    Now we have to start a pool to make it really fun.

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  8. starluna wrote:

    The Diane Reem show is having a serious discussion about this right now. For those interested and who can stand Brendan from Freedomworks or Linda Chavez, it might be worth a listen.

    Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink