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The Respectable Conservative

The Respectable Conservative is enjoys Beltay cocktail parties and lives the genteel life of a well paid, never suffering political opinion writer. The Respectable Conservative believed that Ronald Reagan was too radical, but in retrospect acknowledges that Reagan didn't actually blow up the world. But Sarah Palin might.
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Obama’s “unserious” cuts?

Friday, March 4th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

What was Mitch McConnell thinking, calling President Obama’s plan to cut $6 billion from this year’s budget “unacceptable and it is indefensible?” That’s nearly two-tenths of one percent, which might be unacceptably high given the continued weakness in the US economy.

Certainly, there are cuts to be made. But they must be made judiciously, or we put the recovery at risk.

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Ah, a cooler head prevails in Indiana

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

I see via blogger Dan Riehl that Gov. Mitch Daniels is not behaving in like manner to that gauche former county executive, Scott Walker. Bravissimo!

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signaled that Republicans “should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures,” the Indianapolis Star reports.

Daniels told reporters that “he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.”

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Gov. Daniels also said that unlike that Wisconsin governor, he will not send out the state police to round up the Democrats who have fled his state. Again I say, yes! We respectable conservatives would never be able to hold our heads high on the cocktail circuit if all of our governors actually do the radical things they campaign on.  No, no, mustn’t have that.  ‘Tis better that the unions win, since they’re not so bad as all that anyway and let’s face it — they always win –  than for us to sully ourselves opposing them. We must all stand together and be as vague as possible so as not to upset anyone. At all. Ever. So thank you, Mitch Daniels! You have given us respectable conservatives a reason for good cheer and optimism.

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WTF, Sarah Palin?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

I am outrageously outraged that Sarah Palin took this president’s perfectly fine State of the Union theme, Winning the Future, and turned it into WTF.  Even though those are the actual initials of Winning the Future.  I stand with other, more reasonable conservatives, and denounce this attempt to once again drag our politics into the gutter.  I will spend every single Beltway cocktail party saying as much.  I am nearly equally outrageously outraged that this very blog seems to have started the WTF? meme.  Out. Rageous.

I am also outrageously outraged at suggestions that this president may have plagiarized both the title of his fine address, as well as many passages therein.  That is just divisive talk, at a time when we need healing.  In this Sputnik moment, we need to look beyond the facts and recognize that in this president we have a man whose pantleg creases know no equal.  His eloquence is without peer, no matter whose words he’s reading, or whose thoughts he’s borrowing.  If you do not see his brilliance, well, I am outraged on your behalf.

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Winning Hearts and Mind

Friday, January 14th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

Now that I’ve had a chance to fully digest it, President Obama’s visit to Tucson was just like a trip to the dry cleaner — it really put the crease back in his trousers.

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The Respectable Paul Krugman

Friday, January 14th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

Most would agree that my colleague Paul Krugman’s remarks last weekend were perhaps a little over-the-top, even intemperate. But surely his column today can be read as a heartfelt apology to anyone who might have taken unintended offense.

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Seriously Serious About Serious Issues

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

It was ten months ago that on a strict party line vote, the Democrats passed a new health care law, which is constitutionally suspect, unrealistically priced, harmful to employment, creating a medical oligarchy, and is increasingly unpopular with the public. Yet these wild-eyed “Tea Party” types are hellbent on repealing it, without first writing their own giant health care fix.

Show us you’re serious, Republicans.

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In Freedom’s Name

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - by The Respectable Conservative

The violent rhetoric emanating from extremists on both sides has finally resulted in the terrible shooting of a Democratic congresswoman and the deaths of six people, including a nine-year-old girl. This, then, would be an opportune moment for everyone to take a deep breath, pause, and peruse this aged list of offensive or tasteless speechy things I’ve long wanted banned…

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