Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Re: Must Read


You will get no argument from me on the the thesis behind that article, but I have to say that the argument loses some steam in the last paragraph of what you quoted. Explaining the Democrats' problem and saying that is similar to what conservatives are experiencing is not reassuring. What that does is establish the idea that conservatives are some sort of kook fringe and clearly we aren't. Unlike the types, conservatives are a vital part of a coalition that is winning.

This is going to sound a little odd when you consider that we're talking about conservatives, but change doesn't happen overnight. It just doesn't. What the conservative movement needs to get better at is advancing the ball down the field and the way to do that is to call the right plays. We need to recruit quality players with the talent to get in the game. We also need to show up and do our part.

I've been making the whole "principles matter vs. winning the next election" argument for years. Conservatives, as a block, can't win on our own; at least, not yet. That is why I keep harping on recruiting and education. One thing that is new to my approach is that we need to be placing conservatives at all levels of government and the political support structure. It isn't enough to make these speeches every couple of days, we have to take action and make the situation better.

The key word there was "action". Sitting at home would be taking "inaction" and that isn't the way to win.

And let me add that I do think it is important for conservatives to hold our "non-conservative" Republican friends to their agreements. They can't win without us either. That they think so is one concept that needs to be addressed and that will require us reminding them that evangelicals were the difference in the '04; not the Taft Republicans.

My fifteen words:
Educate the electorate.
Recruit the talent.
Win the election.
Govern with principles.
Rinse and repeat.
Hugh Hewitt, eat your heart out.


Charlie Earl said...

As a former Ohio legislator who is a conservative, I find that I am becoming increasingly cynical regarding the conservative commitment of our ruling class. With few exceptions (e.g. Batchelder, Netzley) life time politicians become more liberal as they serve. My criteria for support are negative ones. If a candidate cites political experience or proposes a government solution, then I will not vote for them.

Matt Hurley said...

There is some truth in what you say here, Charlie. I do think it is "easier" for conservatives to "moderate" the longer they serve. The reason for that, I think, is that in order to advance an agenda, conservatives have to that often enough and your views of what is acceptable start to change.