Bozell, Coulter Blast GOP On Principal

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. pspr


    Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell blasted Republican leaders for their lack of conservative behavior.

    In particular, Bozell rebuked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for his budget, Gov. Haley Barbour for his barbs against conservatives, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for funding Obamacare:

    "So what do we conservatives believe? What is a conservative?

    "Throughout this wonderful conference so many very good leaders have discussed this so eloquently. Another discussion is unnecessary. Instead, let me tell you first what a conservative isn't.

    "Paul Ryan, you're a good man and you mean well, and good for you for your courage trying to reform Medicare and rid us of Obamacare. But your proposed budget that has the federal government spending $41 TRILLION over the next ten years, with more and more and more spending increases every single year, and assumes all the oppressive Obamacare taxes. Congressman, that's what liberal Democrats do, not us.

    "This is not conservatism. It is, literally, Democrat Lite.

    "Do you have national aspirations? Do yourself and your country a favor. Rip that budget up and come back with one that truly does reduce the size of government, which puts us on the path toward a balanced budget by reducing deficits, and one that puts us on the path of solvency by eradicating our debt. Watch what happens to both your national aspirations, and your legacy.

    "Haley Barbour, my friend, when you call for unity and on conservatives to "sing from the same hymnal" and then publicly trash good conservative groups like Club for Growth for supporting good conservatives, you're out of tune, and you're out of line. Do you want to be seen as a national conservative leader? Start supporting national conservative groups.

    "John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy: You said all the right things to conservatives to propel the GOP back to the majority and you to the top three leadership positions in the House.

    'You, like virtually every single other Republican elected to Congress solemnly vowed to rid us of Obamacare, which you can do simply by refusing to fund it. Why haven't you done so?

    "While we're at it... when the Secretary of HHS decrees that we should be forced to pay for the murder of babies, why don't you decree that Americans are no longer going to pay for HHS? What of all the other oppressive, and in the case of Planned Parenthood, evil organizations immorally funded by our tax dollars? What of the utterly useless agencies like NPR, and PBS, and Legal Services, and the NEA and so many others you solemnly pledged to put out of our misery?

    "You've done nothing for over two years but give us excuses and more commitments that tomorrow, yes tomorrow, you'll honor your promises. Gentlemen, where promises are concerned, you are not what you promised to be.

    "Do you want to restore your reputations as conservative leaders? All you need to do is honor your promises. They were good ones. Watch what happens next. You'll be heroes."

    Bozell is also president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of


    Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, in a CPAC appearance on Saturday that resembled a stand-up comedy routine more than a speech, attacked Sen. Marco Rubio for supporting “amnesty” for illegal immigrants.

    “If amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another national election,” Coulter said, adding: “I can see why Democrats would want amnesty, but why on earth are Marco Rubio and these endless Bushes supporting it? Even Shemp and Zippo Bush are supporting amnesty for illegals.”

    Coulter’s attack drew cheers from the CPAC crowd.

    The Florida Republican is part of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, which is working to craft a bipartisan plan on immigration, including a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also has supported a path to citizenship, provided that it does not incentivize increased illegal immigration to the U.S.

    “Republicans are grasping at these suicidal policies because they’re panicked, they’re demoralized after the last election,” Coulter said. “Stop panicking, Republicans!”

    Coulter also said she could no long support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016, adding, “I’m now a single-issue voter against amnesty. So Christie’s off the list.” Christie has supported a “common sense” path to citizenship.
  2. I believe it was Winston Churchill who said if you sacrifice your principles to retain your privileges, soon you'll lose both.

    That is basically the dilemma facing republicans. The republican establishment, ie most officeholders and consultants, panicked over the 2012 elections. They saw bloc voting by hispanics, blacks and groups such as gays propel a failed president to reelection over a clearly superior opponent. The republican consensus on issues such as immigration and gay marriage was shaken, and people like McCain and Jeb Bush saw their opening to push for policies that had previously been rejected.

    We are lectured by media liberals and the republican establishment that if we want to win in the future, we have to get in step on these issues. Lost in the shuffle is the fact that hispanics voted for romney in slightly higher percentages than they did for McCain, the amnesty champion. Or the fact that hispanics vote democrat at a nearly 70% clip. Supposedly they will flock to republicans if only we out-do the democrats on amnesty. The facts suggest that is an illusion. Hispanics are even worse than blacks on most measures of social dysfunction. Despite a few high profile celebrity spokespeople, they are almost uniformly poor, uneducated and on various government programs. They have a culture that votes on the basis of class, race and populist demagoguery.

    Ann Coulter is right. If the republicans have any hopes of remaining competitive in national elections, they have to take a hard line on immigration and vow to prevent the rest of the country from becoming California. The results of one election can't alter that fact. Romney lost because he ran a terrible campaign, made an idiotic VP choice, failed to attack Obama for his many failures. failed to get his election day ground game to work and wimped out in the foreign policy debate. Even with all that, he would probably have won if hurricane Sandy had not intervened.
  3. pspr


    It's a very sad state in the GOP these days, AAA. I've got to agree with Coulter and Bozell that party leaders are failing us. And, the amnesty issue you elaborate on is just a killer. We need more new blood in the party.