How many different ways can you say “exACTly”?
Who is it that says “Rovian tactics” hurt the GOP? Uh . . . liberals, that’s who. A basic problem with conservative punditry is that too often it admits the premises of liberal arguments and yet expects to reach different conclusions.
This is a fatal rhetorical trap.
If one accepts the premise that the objects of government are to achieve liberal goals — “world peace,” “social justice,” “economic equality,” etc. — then trying to find “conservative” answers to those problems is a snipe hunt.
So it is with the will-o’-th’-wisp pursuit of “bipartisan civility,” a euphemism employed by Democrats to mean, “Republicans lose and shut up.”
Canadian “conservatives” are particularly susceptible to this disease.
“Oh, of COURSE I believe in ‘free’ ‘health’ ‘care’/multicultural tolerance and diversity/immigration/global warming — BUT…”
How’s that been working out, guys?
We’re always hearing about how we have to cultivate “future” voters in ethnic communities. Hey, here’s a plan: why not cultivate “present” voters — all those craggy old angry first generation voters with guns and flags who speak English — while they’re here, now, still alive and ready to vote for you? If only you give them a good reason.
We can worry about the damn Mexicans later. Or not. They’re never gonna vote GOP anyhow. Just accept it.