February 21, 2014 Leave a comment
My latest at PracticalPoliticking.
It’s fashionable of late for conservatives to rally around whichever politician takes the firmest and most flamboyant public stance, regardless of diplomacy or discretion. This approach might be suitable at a fundraising event or CPAC, but it’s less constructive when real victory requires political acumen. It’s furthermore fashionable to ostracize Republicans who understand that it takes a majority to advance conservative policy.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky primary challenger Matt Bevin illuminated the bizarre absurdity of this disconnect, stating recently on Glenn Beck’s radio show that he would be “willing to risk losing the Senate if we could keep America,” as if the country can be improved with Harry Reid controlling the upper chamber and retaining the ability to block any House legislation he so desires. The attitude that “if Republicans just grew a spine …” plays well for talk radio ratings and bolstering email lists, but reality remains that governing requires winning, and winning requires a great deal more than appealing to the base’s emotionalism with reckless abandon.
Too many seem content with allowing politicians to pound the podium with shallow platitudes such as “It’s time to stand up and fight!” while the crowd applauds and everyone pretends as if something meaningful was accomplished.
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