POSTURING "MODERATES" COULD SABOTAGE
GOP PROSPECTS IN THE 2008 ELECTION
By Christopher G. Adamo
While not as thoroughly indicting as John McCain’s tirades against the Christian Right back in 2000, this information represents a clear disconnect with the constituency Romney now seeks to court.
Ever since the mid-term elections, he has sounded like a citadel of traditional values. But as the details of his past are revealed, Conservatives around the nation find it increasingly difficult to join the Romney camp. In truth, none of this is really new. Certainly those Conservatives living in Massachusetts, few in number though they may be, are not surprised.
The Bay State has been at the epicenter of such radically amoral movements as those seeking the establishment of same-sex “marriage” as a legitimate institution and public school “sex education” programs designed by homosexual advocacy groups. To ensure that little Johnny arrives at adulthood properly pre-programmed to accept this countercultural ideology, schools have presumed the authority to teach on such subjects without parental knowledge or consent.
In none of these circumstances has Romney led the charge to return to traditional values. Nevertheless, he recognizes the necessity to garner support from the vaunted “values voters” whose antipathy towards the Republican Party proved decisive in this past election. So now Romney is presuming to carry the torch for faith, family, mom, and apple pie.
Far from being outraged at the recent revelations of Romney’s moral and philosophical inconsistencies, Conservative movers and shakers ought to be extremely thankful this information came to light long before the 2008 primaries. The timing of this controversy affords them the opportunity to find another, more worthwhile candidate around whom they can rally. And some such individuals may indeed be entering the presidential fray.
In the meantime, it is critically important that Conservatives do not entrap themselves with their own version of John Kerry. In 2004, Kerry was the presumptive winner of the Democratic Party nomination early on, despite being unable to muster any voter enthusiasm other than being an alternative to President George W. Bush. The ploy did not work.
Nor has such an approach ever proven successful for the Republican ticket, especially in recent decades, after social and moral issues had risen to prominence. Any Republican candidate, who does not possess a clear track record of actively and enthusiastically championing such causes, can be virtually guaranteed to lose in the 2008 general election.
The real lesson of the 2006 elections, despite the incessant “spin” being put on them, is that the Conservative base of the Republican Party will not support Leftwing Liberalism from either party. But while Democrats can appeal to their Leftist fringe as a suitable substitute, Republicans who lose Conservative support will ultimately be hung out to dry.
Those latecomers to the Conservative bandwagon, who then seek to ingratiate themselves among the Conservative camp by talking the talk, despite not having “walked the walk” over the years, can count on being exposed at some point. The press will see to it.
In Romney’s case, his cover was blown by Conservatives such as Paul Weyrich, who primarily operate at the grassroots. Ideally, old-media types would have preferred to keep the lid on such revelations until just prior to the general election. At that point they could be stridently exposed and Conservative voters disenfranchised, but with no alternative available. Thus the Liberal Democrat would win by default.
Despite the disturbing 2006 election results, the constituency known as “values voters” is not going to disappear from electoral politics. Furthermore, their presence severely complicates the political scene since their numbers are great and their interests are comparatively inflexible.
Those who have either undermined or dismissed them in the past will find it extremely difficult to gain their trust, now that the pivotal nature of their support has become inarguably obvious. If mere “spiritual” sounding verbiage could qualify a candidate, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and even John Kerry would be in the fold, since all have occasionally dabbled in pious rhetoric and sanctimonious posturing.
Until recently, the field of Republican candidates has appeared devoid of any real Conservative who could rally the grassroots and generate true enthusiasm. So the “fall back” position among Republicans has been to attempt to generate momentum for one of the presumed “moderates” already in the race.
In only the past few days, Senator Sam Brownback (Republican - Kansas) has announced that he is considering a run for the Presidency. Admittedly, Brownback has much catching up to do. In the areas of fund-raising and name recognition, he is far behind those whose names have been bandied about by party insiders for some time. Yet, he possesses the sort of long-standing Conservative pedigree that can inspire the grassroots.
It is abundantly clear from all of the contrived media hype over Barak Obama in the past few weeks that the Democrats intend to run an eminently capable, experienced, and invincible candidate in 2008. This is not to say that Obama actually qualifies on any of these fronts, but only that the political cabal comprised of the mainstream media, Liberal ideologues, and Democratic Party politicians incessantly tells us that he does.
Against such fabricated stardom, any “business as usual” Republican will be obliterated at the ballot box. If the GOP hopes to compete, it cannot afford to settle for anything less than a true Reagan Conservative who carries no baggage and makes no excuses for past Liberalism.
Whether the Republican nominee is indeed Senator Brownback, or some other individual who has not yet announced, Conservatives had better begin immediately to define the 2008 presidential race by endorsing only to a candidate whom they can enthusiastically support as a champion of true Conservatism. Anything less will set the stage for a Democrat in the White House in 2009.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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