This weekend National Review Institute hosted a Summit in Washington DC titled "The Future of Conservatism." The fact that National Review felt the need to call on Joe Scarborough to sum up the "Trouble with Conservatism" is Exhibit A for what is wrong with these navel-gazing enterprises. "I think the debate has been stifled. It has been stifled because we have created this conservative groupthink over 30 years that has become more and more narrow. A conservative groupthink that would allow all of our primary presidential candidates being asked if they would
Comments: What on earth is wrong with National Review?? He is the last person who should ever give the GOP advice. If so, we are doomed for failure forever. Good. Grief. No wonder we are in such trouble.
I have no problem hearing Scarborough´s views. As conservatives consider what to do, moving forward, all views should be heard. Though I probably would disagree with them, I have no problem hearing from David Frum, Kathleen Parker or David Brooks, either.
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We attended NRI summit this weekend in DC and felt that William Bennett gave the best advice in telling Republicans to take the offense in fighting Obama´s agenda, that defense was not enough. He told the story of a football coach who advised his players that the only time they should be looking down is if they were peeing into their shoes. If Mr. Bennett were a little younger and so inclined, we should nominate him in 2016.
The night owl with Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldbert and Rob Long was another highlight of the weekend and included toasts to Andrew Breitbart and William F. Buckley.
There were times when I scratched my head and wondered why a woman pundit was discussing a 47 year old woman´s concerns about birth control and abortion, or why illegals were being discussed as a focus of voters´ rights.
I listen to the moderate Republicans and the left wing Democrats so I can know how to refute them. It is hard to do and many times I can´t stand it and have to turn the channel.[stomach turns] I also can´t stand the extreme right wing Republicans who don´t know what they are talking about, but just blab an oft repeated phrase. I remember how Reagan was called a ´right wing extremist´ by the MSM and the Republican hierachy. He also was called a "liberal" by actual right wingers. [he used to be a Democrat they said and that stained him for life with them, Idiots] Why is the world so full of idiots who can´t think for themselves, and who don´t care about ´truth´?
I remember driving from Mobile to Charlotte with a stop in Pensacola over Thanksgiving 2000 to attend a rally for George Bush put together by Rep. Scarborough. He was GREAT! Don´t know what happened to him, as he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
He´s been dining out on his I´m -a -conservative -but schtick for a while. Considering the parade of leftists he hosts weekly, all spouting identical points of view, its absolutely ridiculous for him to accuse the conservative circular firing squad of groupthink. I´m not sure he even knows what it means or that he´s a particularly bright fellow.
Who else is just weary to the max of continual sniping at conservatives? Joe makes a living lying about us and so HIS opinion/-advice is sought after by serious strategists? Really? I heartily agree that top minds are needed, honest debate is needed but...this guy?
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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