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Ron Radosh

The Future—As Seen from Restoration Weekend

November 15th, 2013 - 3:09 pm
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Ann Coulter at Restoration Weekend. (Photo by author.)

 

I’m writing this column from Restoration Weekend, the yearly confab of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a good a place as any to get a sense the mood of conservatives and Republicans, as they watch the implosion of Obamacare alongside the entire nation.

The political journalist Michael Barone told me at lunch that he thinks it’s the equivalent of the fall of France, when the great nation collapsed in a few days during World War II. Despite differences between Tea Party conservatives and other Republicans, all seemed to agree that Obamacare will get only worse and that the emphasis of all campaigns should be on presenting market-based alternatives to the worst policy fiasco in our nation’s history.

With her usual sharp humor, Ann Coulter warned of the dangers of wasting time and effort challenging Republicans already in House or Senate seats during primaries, with so-called “more pure” conservatives, many of whom never won elected office and have no experience. Coulter said such candidates are only chosen because someone has proclaimed them more conservative, singling out in particular Jim DeMint for intervening in a Georgia primary against a solid conservative with popular support. She also said she wished Liz Cheney would have gone to South Carolina to live and waged a campaign against Lindsey Graham, instead of challenging a conservative incumbent in Wyoming who otherwise would definitely win his seat again. During another panel, Fox News contributor and former Bush administration official Richard Grenell argued the opposite, praising Cheney for running, since he regards her as someone not afraid to take on Washington in support of tough foreign policy positions needed to offset the many fiascos of the current administration in Syria, Benghazi, and Iran.

And so we get to the growing disaster of Obamacare, the problem of which was boldly displayed on television a night ago by Fox News’ liberal contributor Kirsten Powers. By now, most of you have heard of her angry rant about the cancellation of her very good insurance policy, which gave her exactly the coverage she wanted, which was not substandard, and which she would have to replace with a  policy on the exchanges that would cost more and give her less, and force her to pay for coverage she did not need or want. As Powers put it:

My blood pressure goes up every time they say that they’re protecting us from substandard health insurance plans, because there is nothing to support what they’re saying. I have talked about how I am losing my health insurance. I’m having, if I want to keep the same health insurance, it’s going to cost twice as much. There’s nothing substandard about my plan. All of the things they say that are not in my plan are in my plan, all of the things they have listed. There’s no explanation for the doubling of my premiums other than the fact that it’s subsidizing other people.

They need to be honest about that, that that’s the reason they don’t want to change it. It’s because they’re basically taking the people who are responsible enough to get health insurance in the individual market and asking them to subsidize other people. So they’re taking young healthy people and asking them to subsidize other people. I don’t think that’s going to last, frankly. I think they’re trying to buy time until they think they’re going to reach this next deadline.

Powers hits upon the very premise of Obamacare. It is meant not as a health policy, but as a mechanism for redistribution of wealth, created in the guise of medical insurance. By insisting that people pay for what they do not need, it is in effect a mandated policy imposed on the young and healthy, who are asked to pay big bucks for things they don’t need, to cover the costs of elderly people on the exchanges whose medical needs they will be paying for.

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I can see this confab of "Republicans" in their $3000 suits chit-chatting with their base while they nibble on cheap crackers with cheez-weez, drinking hard liquor. The problem is that their base are the PAC members, lobbyists and special interests that are letting them know who's got the money. Yes, they want to pooh-pooh primaries as being ineffective and not the thing to do. What THEY realize and we don't is that primaries are the ONLY way to start changing the culture of the GOP. The easiest way, THE ONLY WAY to do this is to primary each and everyone of those "perfumed princes" who think their sh!t doesn't stink. The ones that pontificate on how best to do business in the senate dining room over the tinkle of crystal goblets and real silver rather than the stainless steel the rest of us use. Let's go through the list: McConnell, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Ayotte, Corker, Alexander and a few others. If they were Democrat would it make a difference? Not much, really. Now, replace those seven or eight with a few more bomb throwers like
Cruz and Lee and let's see what happens. All I can say is "Let's get it started!"
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I quit reading when Dan Coulter said we need to re-elect the same useless POS's that helped get us here in the first place - the same Dan Coulter who was pushing Christie last time around.

Let's not go through this farce again - the fraudulent idea that because of the ObamaCare fiasco Republicans feel good about being able to save the Republic. That is NOT the plan. The plan is to get Republicans elected PERIOD. The GOP plan is for "our team" to win, not so they can then do the right thing, but because then they will have the power. Period.

For 40 years we've witnessed the meltdown of liberalism, but when the GOP does get elected, have they reined in the government?? No. Have they genuinely cut spending? No. For all of the bitching about having to cater to social conservatives, have they done one damn thing to reduce abortion? No, for the 40 years of GOP promises, we've got 55 dead innocent babies to show for it.

Dan Coulter and the rest of those POS Republicans can go eat s*** and bark at the moon. They are not the solution -- they are part of the problem.
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"No wonder the people attending Restoration Weekend are optimistic about the future."

How can any sober person of any perceptive intellect really be optimistic about the future? How much booze was handed out at that party anyway?
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to provide them with health insurance? Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this for ONE year, but from then on you will pay those extra rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats can’t be depended on to join the effort, it’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is at all government levels. Vote your pocketbook. Remember, it’s YOUR money. This situation is hardly different from being assigned to support an illegal alien, which will happen when Amnesty is the law.
See http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx
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Various Republicans have introduced health care provisions to try and make it better, since the 1990's at that. Just because the MSM doesn't cover it and nobody came to your house to tell you doesn't mean they haven't had many plans better than Obamacare.
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The Republicans should not depend on the Democrats screwing up to brighten their future. They need to remember that their approval rating has been in the single digits. They need to "stand" for something and back it up. So Obamacare dies. What will the Republicans do in response? Something clearly needs to be done with our health care system. Same thing with "immigration reform" - you Republicans were snookered in the 1986 amnesty. Don't be fooled again by going after votes that you will never get. Respect the law and your constituent's wishes. Do not cave in to personal pressure. The biggest challenge is the budget. Everyone knows that a country that spends two dollars for every dollar collected in revenue has one foot in the grave. Do something..... It will take entitlement reform. This will be despised by a large portion of the population, but it's the ONLY way that we can guarantee that our future generations are protected from crushing debt.
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I hope those who say they'll sit at home and not vote if "their guy" doesn't win a primary, will reconsider. As Mike Rosen says, Ideology is about ideas, politics is about winning elections. Harry Reid will control the Senate, unless more than 50 registered Republicans are elected. If you're NOT from Arizona, then John McCain is irrelevant to you. He's not your Senator. If you think a person like Ted Cruz (whom I am not disparaging) could win in New Hampshire, you are deluding yourself. The GOP is a coalition. It has many interests. The Democrats are a coalition. They have many interests. If you want to win a majority in the Senate, House and win the presidency, the coalition has to vote. Voting for a Libertarian candidate will help a Democrat win. Sorry if you don't like that. But that's political reality. If you want to help in a firebrand way, run as a Green Party candidate or a Socialist Workers Party Candidate. Draw votes away from the Democratic candidates. But STOP insisting YOUR notion of ideological purity is the only thing that matters in politics, which require elections, which are collective in nature.
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"If you're NOT from Arizona, then John McCain is irrelevant to you. He's not your Senator..."

That's pretty dumb, especially since McCain ran for a national office and screwed up the campaign, costing the Republicans the White House, and losing to a man totally unqualified to be President.

Moreover, McCain, in the Senate can do plenty of damage by failing to support Republican principles. It doesn't matter if a Republican wins if they don't share Republican values. And MY notion of "ideological purity" is just as valid as anyone's, so I'll keep insisting on it, if anyone wants MY vote.
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Its reasonable to fight for your guys in the primary, as long as you support whoever wins in the general. Unfortunately sore loser syndrome is just as much of a problem for mainstream repubs as it is for tea party repubs and libertarians.
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Yes, I agree.

Unfortunately, it's human nature to refuse to support a primary winner, whom they opposed. If the candidate loses, they can then say, "See, I told you so."
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Many smart comments of this thread. The impatience is easy to understand, yet the tactical benefits of standing pat still hold. Here's a shot at the big picture:

GOP leaders and fellow-travelers will be forced to commit themselves quite soon. Meanwhile, many of us can take comfort knowing just how clueless they are. For now, a few probing attacks are enough, and the list of good guys grows. Put bluntly, party poobahs are up against folks who are their match in every way. We are also royally pissed-off.

'Tea Party' -- so recently a term of ridicule when used by beltway bien-pensants -- is now used indiscriminately to describe anyone who has had a belly full of biz-as-usual. Uncounted millions of us, the Massively Disgruntled, are found across the spectrum; the ranks include many with no affiliation to any local tp, let alone the two main parties, and the usual pigeon-holes of race, gender and class are often irrelevant. GOP water-carriers don't get it, and it will be their undoing.

There's a dreary predictability about the reasoning and conclusions of so many GOP grandees. The best and brightest -- Horowitz, Coulter and Barone certainly qualify, warts, errors and all -- are now all off-key. Guess what? -- if you surround yourself with your own kind, all you'll hear is variants of your own stuff. In other contexts it's known as confirmation bias. The effect is a truly tin ear.

IMO, a rising smell of fear is now detectable among the weakest of the self-anointed 'great and good'. You'll note, for example, a new tendency for massive egos to recede into the background, to quote peers rather than hazard dated opinions that challenge self-esteem and may no longer put food on the table.

Those of us who reject these poltroons run the risk of waiting too long. Nobody knows just how vulnerable to destruction our beloved republic is, but it isn't imminent. There is still time enough to watch enemies destroy themselves, still time to give 'em rope.
Roll out the limp Karl Rove machine!
McCain-Boehner 2016, anyone?
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"With her usual sharp humor, Ann Coulter warned of the dangers of wasting time and effort challenging Republicans already in House or Senate seats during primaries, with so-called “more pure” conservatives, many of whom never won elected office and have no experience."

I'll pay attention to Mrs. Coulter after the inauguration of Presidents McCcain and Romney.

I will try to see primaried who I can, where I think the primary opponent of the incumbent will do better to restore the fedgov to it's tasklist before FDR. The 220 trillion in unfunded liabilities to unwind in my and my children's lifetime is my priority.

No RINO's like Art Chance, Rick Moran, or evidently Radosh--or Chris Christie--will be of any use in dealing with that, and nothing less is worth my time or effort.

It is no matter of purity, you RINO dolts, it's a matter of not misplacing effort.
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She has a point that pure conservatives need to be carefully vetted before getting tea party backing, so they really have what it takes to win a general. Although what she ignores is plenty of establishment repub candidates lost winnable general elections races as well.
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I think *everybody* should be primaried in *every* election, no matter what party they are from. And then they should have to face a tough opponent from the opposing party to get their seat.

And then after 10 or 12 years maximum, people should rise up and vote them out, period, no matter their party. I just don't believe that the bunch of farmers and businessmen and inventors and such that comprise "the founders" would agree that people should stay in government for decades.

They should take a page out of Washington's book. When they're done with their task, just pack it in and head back to the farm. Or the doctor office. Or whatever useful thing they were doing before government. Because if they stay too long, they're simply not useful any longer.
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Ann Coulter isn't always right, but she is dead on, on the subject of Liz Cheney running against Mike Enzi in Wyoming. Mike is a smart guy, and a solid conservative. He is also the one that forced the democrats to go on record to defeat his bill to let policy holders keep their insurance. If the Republicans use this hammer that he gave them, they will turn the senate over in 2014.

I dont't believe my fellow Wyomingites are going to vote for a carpetbagger like Liz.

Wrong state, wrong target, and wrong election for Cheney. I can't believe her campaign is so tone deaf.
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I did not remember that Liz Cheney's competitor, Mike Enzi, was the guy that introduced the 2010 fix. You are right, he is a very smart and good guy, and we should keep him. And what is so great about Liz Cheney. Most of her supposedly conservative credentials involve a more aggressive foreign policy like her dad. After Bush 2 do we really need more neocon war mongers.
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If your key competitor is from the same party, you are contesting the WRONG seat.
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The Democrats need not worry. The Establishment Republicans the owners and managers of the Stupid Party will f**k it up as usual. They just won't have the heart to go through with the bloodletting. It's not "good government" don't you see. Higgins1990 is correct.

The Congressional Republicans are just soooo expert at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
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Obama, FDR’s Son, through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened this formally blessed land and millions of innocent lives to the horror and devastation of ObamaCare… – Odin
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