Krusty's Going Krazy
With Allen’s absence from the race Konservatives lack a viable kandidate in 2008. While McCain, Giuliani, Frist, and Pataki tell us how konservative they are; the konservative activists in Iowa are not buying it because they all have questionable records. Mitt Romney has made inroads with konservatives in Iowa, but his past komments about abortion raise some red flags. Mike Huckabee is great on the social issues, but gives some konservatives heartburn on immigration and fiscal issues.
In a time when our party is searching for a new voice, the options listed above don’t get me very excited.
We at the Kooler think that Krusty needs to step away from the extreme right-wing kool-aid. For some reason konservatives like to be revisionist historians when it komes to our Presidential kandidates.
W. won election as a "compassionate conservative." Someone who worked with members of both parties in Texas to achieve success. One of the issues he talked about most, if not his top issue, was education- and not vouchers or shutting down the Dept. of Ed but "leaving no child behind" and nationalizing education standards. George W's position on abortion was cloudy. It seemed like he was pro-life but he never clearly said it, always answering the question by talking about judges.
His father was clearly a moderate when he ran in 88.
Reagan won with "Reagan Democrats." He was not an anti-abortion zealot. He appointed moderate judges. Gay marriage wasn't a hot button issue and he was by todays GOP standards a moderate on immigration.
It seems to us that the only kandidate that Krusty would be satisfied with is Steve King or Alan Keyes or Gary Bauer or Pat Buchanan. Is that really the route the party wants to go?
The entire Cooler staff is pro-life. We are all very konservative when in comes to fiscal issues and security. But part of being konservative is being pragmatic. There's a reason that for 20 of 28 years the GOP has held the White House. We didn't nominate people like Michael Dukakis or John Kerry. Do we want to make that mistake this time?