David Kirkpatrick

March 17, 2009

The GOP’s circular firing squad …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:31 am

… continues apace.

Ramesh Ponnuru laments:

That’s the approach that Jeffrey Kuhner takes to intra-conservative polemics. He attacks David Frum, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Reihan Salam, Newt Gingrich, and me. We’re supposedly a bunch of Limbaugh-hating, Giuliani-supporting “elitists” who want to “abandon” the defense of the unborn. Yup, that’s me, all right. We’re also “effete” and “amateur Machiavellians.” Kuhner goes after Frum for being soft on immigration, which he isn’t; and he suggests that voters don’t care about health care. It is difficult to exaggerate how stupid the whole piece is. Apparently Kuhner has a regular column in the Washington Times.

December 11, 2008

Trojan Horse infiltrates the Corner?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:22 pm

I think Ponnuru got totally taken by this liberal “reader” of the Corner. Don’t know if it’s a right wing doctrinaire movement member, or an actual liberal pushing the GOP toward electoral suicide. At any rate it is pretty funny.

I’ll repost the whole thing so you can decide for yourself:

Liberal Advice   [Ramesh Ponnuru]

From a reader:

As a liberal I appreciate your efforts and those of other conservatives to keep things clear in the aftermath of the Republican defeat. As a political scientist, I think “reformist” Republicans are generally not developing a very sound analysis of their party’s problems. Any party, left, right, or anything else, would have been seriously affected by the economic crisis of today if it had a president in office at the time. There was really no way McCain could avoid being lumped together with Bush, and thus get tarred with the same brush.

As for social conservatism as a problem, I think just the opposite is true. Social conservatives are the core of the party and the party’s strategists and professional chatterers should never get too far from that core.

My advice to the Republicans is this: Now is the time to cull insufficiently conservative politicians and opinion leaders from the party. The party needs to become much more self-consciously right-wing and ideologically intransigent. Between now and the next presidential election, conservatives need to complete their full take-over of the party and need to do everything they can to mobilize Americans in the name of conservatism.

By 2012, party strategists should have a very clear idea about what they want to do. They should have several right-wing potential candidates willing and able to broaden the appeal of the party. But the appeal of the party should be understood as the appeal of conservatism, not some opportunistic set of compromises with the left. Such an approach won’t work.

While I certainly do not wish conservatives or Republicans well, I want them to stand for what they truly believe, and make their appeal to the American voting public on that basis. Think right, run right, govern right. Anything less will only disappoint all of you.


September 30, 2008

Ramesh Ponnuru speaks truth to power

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:37 am

Or really powerlessness and fading. The GOP brand is critically injured right now. At least some recognize the failure. The Fox News bots think everything is solved by bluster and bullshit.

From the NRO link:

Speaking only for myself, the point of it is to say what I think is true, whether or not it helps the candidates I hope win. Whatever value there may be to reading me would disappear if I wrote only comments that help Republicans.

The disconnect from GOP reality can be directly chalked up to around two decades of right wing talk radio and the idiotic line of argument the media has a leftish slant. Rush and his copycats got rich on the backs of intellectual weakness on the right. Ponnuru should be applauded for trying to fix this problem.