Archive for ‘conservative’

December 14, 2008

Colin Powell takes on Rush Limbaugh

by thoughtfulconservative

Tim Cuprisin on his blog links to a CNN report on an interview with Colin Powell to be aired Sunday at 1pm ET, in which he talks about what Republicans need to do and wonders whether Rush Limbaugh serves the party well.

Cuprisin doesn’t much go for the “sqwakers” anyway, so this fits in his meme.

Powell, of course, supported Obama over McCain, whom I suppose was too conservative for him.

There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don’t object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority.

The thing that surprised me was that Powell considers himself a Republican. I must have missed that.

Any way here’s what he said about Limbaugh,

“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

I’m not a big fan of talk radio and hardly listen to it, unless I’m in the car, but doesn’t Air America do the same kind of thing? It didn’t seem to hurt the Democrats.

But I guess he’s saying Republicans should become Democrats.

That should give the country a choice.

I guess some Republicans feel like Powell and Emil W. Henry Jr.

who wrote in the Washington Post about infrastructure spending, which was not bad, but he started with this,

In the wake of the recent electoral rout, we conservatives must redefine ourselves in a world that has changed since the birth of the Reagan Doctrine.

Rout? Oh, it was a convincing victory and we should learn some lessons from it, but a rout? I guess his definition of a rout is different from mine. And Republicans have won twice since the election–hardly what you would expect from a rout.

November 16, 2008

Conservatives and McCain

by thoughtfulconservative

Conservatives had, at best, a rocky coalition with John McCain during the recent campaign and now afterwards, too.

In retrieving an old e-mail account, I found this post at Boots & Sabers and wondered how many of the conservatives who were neutral or against McCain wound up voting for him.

November 13, 2008

Quote of the day 11/13/2008

by thoughtfulconservative

Over at From Where I sit elliot summed up in one sentence what I tried to get at last week.

[The GOP] has to stop being the party of white folks.

He says more, but that’s the jist.

And neither he nor I believe the GOP/conservatives have to sacrifice conservatism to do that.

And that’s the quote of the day.

September 27, 2008

FactChecking Debate No. 1

by thoughtfulconservative

The good and the bad from the first debate at

McCain and Obama contradicted each other repeatedly during their first debate, and each volunteered some factual misstatements as well.

More at the link.

This campaign (like the last few) seems to be summed up in this cartoon:

The Left, the Right and the Truth

August 9, 2008

John Edwards

by thoughtfulconservative

First off, I am back, finally. Wireless was not as easy to get nor did I have the time I thought I would have to blog all summer. But regular scheduling should resume.

Now to the topic at hand. No doubt my conservative friends will beat up John Edwards over his affair. He deserves it. As he himself says,

If you want to beat me up – feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare it can’t be any worse than he beat up himself.

Is he a hypocrite? Yes. But I believe we all are in some way. The magnitude comes from the public visibility of the hypocrite. I believe John Edwards is still dedicated to what he has professed, just as I believe those conservatives the Left has delighted in beating up are still dedicated to what they believe.

As most politicians (you would think they would learn after a while), he tried to stonewall and deny. It’s natural, but most folks don’t like it a public figure does so.

John Edwards will probably never run for president again. He won’t be Attorney General, nor head a special commission. That’s the penalty for, from all appearances, a slip-up. It’s not the first time it’s happened; it won’t be the last.

Questions still remain about the father of the lady’s baby and money paid to her. I would hope that Edwards finally came clean in his ABC interview. Time will tell.

Finally, I would hope my left leaning friends will show the same compassion toward a right leaning figure who has an affair revealed, as they have rightly shown to John Edwards and his family.

Mankind doesn’t always get it right. May we be more understanding of those who try to make a change (even if we don’t agree with them), especially when they fall.

February 6, 2008

Ann Coulter Will Introduce John McCain at CPAC

by thoughtfulconservative

From Gateway Pundit

Not really- But, could you imagine the headlines?

Now that might be worth the price of admission.