Rats Fleeing the Sinking Ship?

Once can be a fluke. Twice may be coincidence. This looks like a trend:

Peggy Noonan: “Back to Mr. Bush in 2000. I believe it is fair to say most Republicans did not think George W. Bush was motivated to run for the presidency for the primary reason of cutting or controlling spending. But it is also fair to say that they did not think he was Lyndon B. Johnson. And that’s what he’s turned into.

Andrew Sullivan: “We have learned a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis and several thousand killed and injured American soldiers than for a few humiliated pundits.”

George Will: “Three years ago the administration had a theory: Democratic institutions do not just spring from a hospitable culture, they can also create such a culture. That theory has been a casualty of the war that began three years ago today.”

Chuck Hagel: “I think we have had a low-grade civil war going on in Iraq, certainly the last six months, maybe the last year. Our own generals have told me that privately.”

William F. Buckley: “One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. . . . And the administration has, now, to cope with failure.”

Wanna see the proposed conservative solution?

Cal Thomas: “Maybe it’s time for a strong third party, or failing that, another revolution.”

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. How can a third party fight fear politics? The current administration has used fear to control things pretty well. if a presidential candidate can give the people the perception he can handle any apocalyptic event then the candidate just might have a chance to be President.

  2. In related news – my neighbor crossed the street on Tuesday to apologize about remarks he made to me last fall about my Badnarik bumper sticker.

  3. Interesting, sugonaut. Sounds like he’s been doing some thinking and got over cognitive dissonance. He must be on the verge of something if he went to the trouble after all that time. Please tell us more.

  4. In related news – my neighbor crossed the street on Tuesday to apologize about remarks he made to me last fall about my Badnarik bumper sticker.

    That makes my day.

  5. The GOP isn’t changing direction except perhaps superficially. It is strange that they aren’t making up lies and stories about how they are going to be doing this and that… “limited government” etc etc etc. They don’t hardly even bother fooling the voter anymore. As powerful, organized and duplicitious as they are, it should be of great concern that they aren’t doing anything at all about it. But then the Democrats are the same. This tells me that the voter doesn’t matter anymore. Remember these people are desperate megolomaniacs. They are utterly Machiavellian. This makes them dangerous and liable to do ANYTHING. ANYTHING. … but at least their good Christians.

  6. The deck is stacked against third parties, but not all states are equally stacked. In November remember Vermont… http://www.vtlp.org/

    For those of you who can spare $5-$10 per month, I encourage you to check out what is happening in Vermont. Beside giving top priority and resources to winning 10 state house races, I my plan is to run LP candidates in the other 140 state house races, too.

    Whether it is in Vermont, NH, or your home state, Libertarians must grasp this opportunity now before the Republican spin machine needs to start wooing voters back to them. All fiscal conservatives should be getting involved with Libertarians campaigns in droves.

    – Hardy