Archive for November 5th, 2008

November 5, 2008

Pam Geller, Great American!

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has apparently decided that the problem with the conservative movement is that it needs more purges, and Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs seems to be his designated scapegoat.

Long story, but it has to do with the Euro-Right’s stance on Islam and immigration. Continental politics involves coalitions and loyalties that do not translate easily to a U.S. right/left understanding. European nationalists, who are the only organized opposition to the Islamic influx over there, do include some unsavory types, but if the alternative is Euro-jihadis and honor killings . . .?

Pam is a good person and I would suggest that this guilt-by-association “urge to purge” is antithetical to the best interests of conservatism. You can’t build a movement by the process of subtraction.

November 5, 2008

Dirty laundry

Skipping past the “Wasilla hillbillies” attack on the Palins, here’s what I find most interesting in the Newsweek dirt dump:

On the Sunday night before the last debate, McCain’s core group of advisers — Steve Schmidt, Rick Davis, adman Fred Davis, strategist Greg Strimple, pollster Bill McInturff and strategy director Sarah Simmons — met to decide whether to tell McCain that the race was effectively over, that he no longer had a chance to win. The consensus in the room was no, not yet, not while he still had “a pulse.”

Dude, I called it.

November 5, 2008

The meeting I’m not invited to

K-Lo:

Greg Mueller of CRC Public Relations says of the meeting: “There will be roughly twenty leaders at the meeting all of whom have been successful fundraisers and grassroots organizers, combined with a few conservative political and media strategists.”

Oh, God, “media strategists”! We’re doomed!

November 5, 2008

‘What do we do now?’

Michelle Malkin:

“I’m getting a lot of moan-y, sad-face “What do we do now, Michelle?” e-mails.

The first thing to do is to recognize what went wrong, as I explain in my American Spectator column:

Try not to take it personally. You did not lose this election.
Perhaps the most important statistic for conservatives to keep in mind today — as pundits pore over and pour out exit-poll data to tell us What It Means — is this: 53 percent of Republican primary voters did not vote for John McCain. . . .
Conservatives who sought to prevent McCain’s nomination cannot be blamed for his defeat. And it is his defeat, not yours.

Please read the whole thing. This morning I watched Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes on “Fox & Friends” trying to explain the result. Allow me to suggest that the Kondrackes and Barneses of the world, who have done so much to help drive the Republican Party into the ditch, are probably not the guys who’ll figure out how to get out of the ditch. They won’t even admit they’re part of the problem, so why look to them for solutions?

(Cross-posted at Right Wing News.)

UPDATE: Greg Ransom:

John McCain did a selfish disservice to America and to the principles we hold by putting his ambition to “be somebody” ahead of the leadership requirements of the Presidency. I know that’s harsh, but it’s what I believe.

Harsh, indeed. With politicians, it’s hard to differentiate between an admirable commitment to public service and an vainglorious exaltation of the self. (Also basically true of journalist, LOL.)

November 5, 2008

Not like you weren’t warned

“McCain is not a conservative, he will lose in November . . .”
Robert Stacy McCain, 12:30 am., Feb. 6, 2008