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A symposium on Ted Cruz

February 27th, 2014 - 4:28 am

I and some PJM friends off thoughts on Ted Cruz: is he likely to help or hurt Republicans in the 2014 mid-term elections? The more interesting question, I suggest, is whether he will help or hurt conservatives.  Read my thoughts and the thoughts of my PJM colleagues here.

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Roger Kimball's comment is spot on -- helping the Republican party or helping conservatives. My own view is that all RINO's in relatively safe Republican districts should be challenged by conservatives. In so-called "purple" districts or states, the decision should be made on a very careful case by case basis. If the incumbent is like Boehner, both a RINO and generally ineffectual, the challenge is worthy. But there are probably a few cases in which we are better off with a RINO than a Dem.

However, the main point about culture is central. It will take a personable and articulate group of conservatives to begin to shift the culture. I am not looking for purity, but I do think that the pattern of capitulation is not only weakening conservatives but weakening the country. Unless more candidates articulate the reasons for voters to support conservatives (and libertarian conservatives like myself), there will be no intellectual substrate to stand on.

Sadly, I believe we missed the last safe offramp on the freeway to destruction and the degradation of what used to make America exceptional. I hope I am wrong and that it is still possible to reverse the tide. Usually my most optimistic hope is that we can only slow the arrival of the new dark ages. We are already paying dearly for 2012.

It took two to three generations to bring us to the 2012 election results. The other side is without compunction while we are still playing by Marquis of Queensbury rules. Whether we date the decline to the Progressives of the turn of the 19th to 20th century, or the leftists of the 1930's, or the consolidation of the left in the mid-to-late '60's, or to some other more recent tipping point, the trend has been inexorably to the left. As someone on The Belmont Club quipped, you can easily turn an aquarium into fish stew but you cannot turn fish stew into an aquarium.
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