Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – What she’s talking about is not conservative or conservatism. She’s talking about Republicanism. There is party mantra. There is party dogma that makes one a Republican. This is why the term RINO, Republican in name only is still so popular, [mocking] “We gotta get rid of them damn RINO Republicans” and why it is a problem. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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AG: I’m not as frustrated over what happened yesterday and the past three weeks. I am frustrated at what happened in November. I’m also frustrated in the sense that I think this has serious ramifications for 2014 and the midterm election. I think Matt Drudge tweeted out yesterday “I expect Nancy Pelosi to have the gavel come January 5, 2015.” If that’s a real possibility, I think that’s way more concerning than yesterday and the past three weeks that was bound to happen. In that sense, it’s news, but I’m not all that surprised. I thought one of the interesting things, watching a bunch of the different news networks last night, was that Ann Coulter was interviewed by Piers Morgan. They had an interesting discussion about the impact the Tea Party is having on the Republican Party.
One of the things she pointed out was the Tea Party is killing the GOP in liberal states. That is not something that she sees happen to Democrats. Where there are conservative states and Democrats get elected, they are not overly liberal Democrats. You don’t see these super liberal pundits and politicians going after those blue dog-ish Democrats. That’s not something that’s happening in the Republican Party. What you’re seeing is the Tea Party and guys like Cruz or Lee or others absolutely blasting conservatives in liberal states for not being super, super conservative. That’s a huge disadvantage, because you’re ultimately going to lose those people in the political races. She was suggesting that there needs to be a change and you can’t have ideological purity in these liberal states for the conservatives. You kind of have to accept what you get there. I thought that was an interesting point she raised yesterday as well.
Mike: This comes up often that a northeastern conservative is not going to have very much in common with a southeastern, say from Athens, Georgia, conservative.
AG: She was just pointing out that that Athens conservative cannot blast that northeastern Republican conservative, whatever label you want to put to them, because it doesn’t do anything for the party.
Mike: I would prefer to say is not conservative. What she’s talking about is not conservative or conservatism. She’s talking about Republicanism. There is party mantra. There is party dogma that makes one a Republican. This is why the term RINO, Republican in name only is still so popular, [mocking] “We gotta get rid of them damn RINO Republicans” and why it is a problem. You just made a great point. You helped flesh out the point that I was just making, Andrew. Conservatism is not an id, it is not an ology. That’s the problem. That’s Ann Coulter’s problem, too. It is not defined by a set of political preferences. A party is defined by a set of political preferences. A something as transcendent as conservatism is not linked to a party. It is not linked to an ideology. It is linked to a defense of a set of traditions.
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