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Not Much Of A Dilemma

At Taki’s Magazine, Richard [1] puts the conservative dilemma this way:

If we went for Baldwin, our vote would be perceived as, “Wow, those guys are to the right of John McCain!” This is not helpful. 

Helpful to whom?  I think it’s very helpful to keep framing all the things that are wrong with McCain as evidence of the leftward drift of the Republican Party; I also think it’s true.  I suppose it isn’t helpful if we want to pretend that we are not, in fact, to the right of McCain and that there is a new right/left divide defined in such a way that we are the moderates.  But we are to the right of McCain, and that’s a good thing.  Does that win votes?  Well, no.  But if you’re inclined to vote for Chuck Baldwin in the first place, winning votes is not exactly your priority.  A more interesting result might be a different reaction: “Wow, those guys far to the right of John McCain are much more sane and prudent than he is!”  That simultaneously works to discredit him and help us.  Meanwhile, voting for Obama could inspire the reaction, “Wow, those guys are to the left of Hillary Clinton!”

P.S. Richard, there is a cure [2].  It’s called pessimism.

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#1 Comment By Roach On May 9, 2008 @ 11:55 am

It is bad, though, when someone like McCain or Bush and their mutual militarism, disregard for civil liberties, pro-business cronyism, and utter disregard for any historic or constitutionally limited notion of the American state becomes identified with conservatism, and thus more extreme various of these various errors are seen as “super conservative,” and the word and concept itself becomes discredited in the process.

#2 Comment By tz On May 10, 2008 @ 9:35 am

In future ages, one would expect the paleolinguists to confuse the prefix “neo-” with “not” or “contra-“, as in neo-conservative.

But since the GOP tent has been dragged leftward – while not stretching and getting bigger but tearing and getting smaller, it is very easy to be “to the right of” any party leader when they are standing so close to Hillary and Obama that they must lean leftward to avoid too close contact.

At least the socialists in the democratic party are intending the help (perhaps not as sincerely as they should) to the poor and needy. The Corporate socialists give to those who have too much.