You know, you would think people would learn from their mistakes. I usually do, although there have een some notable exception to that rule that still make my relatives shake their heads in disbelief.
(“And after the Police surrounded him, the lieutenant asked him if he’d called his mother!”)
But as you get older, those legendary mistakes get fewer and farher between, one would hope from the benefits of hindsight and hard-knock wisdom. Usuallly more hard-knock wisdom than hindsight, but that’s just me.
For Republicans, not so much.
After watching Ronald Reagan lead them to their largest victories in years and revolutionizing the way the Republican Party does business, you would think they would at least attempt to emulate his example. But stubbornly, they clung to the old way of doing business. The “old boy” school of presidential nomination that gaye us Both Bob Dole and John McCain for President (and arguably, both Bushes.)
Do the real Republican mavericks get nominated, let alone elected to national office? Hmmmmm, not so much. For every revolutionary like a Ronald Reagan, a Newt Gingrich, or a Sarah Palin, there’s dozens of Lindsey Grahams expecting that it’s “their turn” to run for highest office, and let the real conservatives get out of their way. How dare they presume to seek a Presidential nomination or Senatorship.
They haven’t paid their dues. It’s not their turn.
That’s why it pains me so much to see the usually straight talking, straight shooting John Cornyn of Texas endorsing Charlie Crist, RINO governor of Florida, for Senate.
Fifteen months before the election. And even though there’s a real, conservative, Cubano businessman already declared for the seat. Not a professional politician — no, no. A businessman with real-world experience.
Worse yet, Crist is hardly a conservative:
You’ll never hear an encouraging word from Crist on any conservative social issue. He’s pro-abortion and thinks marriage-like legal arrangements between homosexuals are fine. He recently put a liberal Democrat on the Florida Supreme Court. In Crist’s speeches, conservatives will wait in vain to hear any of their principles promoted. What they hear are endless lullabies about “bipartisanship,” “diversity,” and other warm-sounding, non-sequiturs from the Democratic hymn book. These are just the most actionable of Crist’s sins against conservative principles.
John, what the hell has gotten into you? Or are you just revealing your true RINO stripes? Don’t make me come over there, john — I’ve already been to Charlie Gonzalez’s office this week with a few hundred of my closest friends protesting. We could be there in a day — maybe two.
And this is Texas. You know we’ll do it.
Shape up, Senator Cornyn. The old way of Republican “business as usual” is over — just look at the California elections. This is not a new wind blowing — it’s a damned sea change.
And maybe your perfect storm, if you’re not careful.
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