Republicans and the baseI'm not normally a huge fan of Newsweek, but their political commentary is sometimes quite telling and is often reflective of larger political trends. In an article this week, Marcus Mabry points out with numbers and quotes that the GOP's evangelical base is badly cracking. It isn't just the evangelical base, but traditional Catholics are also less enthusiastic about the GOP than they were two years ago.
The reason for this change in enthusiasm isn't because these groups have suddenly become rabid liberals, as we've discussed here before. Evangelicals and traditional Catholics feel the same way as other members of the conservative coalition do: The GOP has failed to address their concerns. Spending is through the roof, while a war with no end in sight continues to be waged with no realistic exit strategy. All the while, the ambitious conservative agenda that brought George W. Bush to power languishes in a dusty "to do" box somewhere, never to be touched again.
Conservatives have a right to be angry, and it is understandable that some would decide not to vote in November. Yet I will vote, and I will vote Republican.
Some have asked "Oatney, why will you vote Republican when you admit that you've been disappointed by this Congress." Its simple-the national Democratic Party is a party of plenty of talk and no action. They tell us they have an exit strategy from Iraq-what strategy? I've heard many different stories from Democrat candidates about what the Democrat strategy is, but nothing firm. I have heard nothing from Democrats about how they plan to cut spending, and this is likely because they have no plan to bring spending under control that they can all agree on. I love how certain Democrats are even trying to sound conservative, but their voting records paint a different picture.
This Congress has been a disappointment, and I can't blame conservatives for their anger, I don't even blame those who want to stay home, I certainly understand their reasoning. The thought of "Speaker Pelosi" is enough to motivate me to the polls, however-and it should be to every concerned conservative.
Every conservative needs to vote November 7th.
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