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Booyah! Welcome back everyone to PUNDIT ROUNDTABLE, your weekly dose of intelligent discourse on the issues. I am your host, Ken McCracken.
Our topic this week is this:
Now that the Dubai ports deal has fallen through, and with all the rancor these days over pork, immigration, policy failures such as Social Security reform, and a backlash over the Iraq War, is the Republican party cracking up as some have suggested?
What does Karl Rove need to do?
Our first guest is returning pundit extraordinaire, Rick Moran of Rightwing Nuthouse. Rick?
Rick crossposted his response at his site, a practice we encourage here at Pundit Roundtable, in that it fosters even more discussion.
I am pleased to introduce our next guest, Roundtable newcomer Dennis The Peasant. What do you say, Dennis?
Your questions presume the Republican Party I joined in 1982 still exists.
Is that a hard-hitting answer or what? Dennis also crossposted his response, thanks.
The Host's Last Word : Clearly, the Republican Party has some big troubles right now. I am tempted to mention that the Democratic Party's woes are far greater (oops, I guess I just did mention it), but that should not be the focus here, because the Republicans need to put their own house in order. A good offense should not rely on the shoddy defenses of its opponent.
There have always been deep fissures within the Republican Party - events of late have not created these fissures, but merely brought them to the surface. That is not necessarily an unhealthy thing, the GOP remains a big tent, and many divergent - and even conflicting - opinions are allowed and even encouraged. The Dubai deal was an example of this, although the Dubai ports deal went down the wrong way in my opinion. The cleverer approach toward national security would have been to approve the deal, in that the long-term political victory of bolstering the UAE as an ally would outweigh the increased security risk of having an Arab firm operate the ports. Yet, the will of the people was served. Right or wrong, the American people overwhelmingly disapproved of the deal, and in the end they prevailed. Congress was responsive, and the Republicans did not let unblinking loyalty to the President get in the way of doing what their constituencies demanded of them. The President too stood firm, and was prepared to fight for this deal in the face of strong opposition. The entire debate showed strength in the Republican Party, not weakness.
But I think Dennis is right to a large degree. In my heart, I know that much of what he said is true. The Republicans set out to conquer Washington, which they did, only in turn to be conquered by Washington and its toxic culture. A culture of complacency. A culture of mere lip service to Republican ideals. A culture largely removed from the sentiments of the people. The insidious inside-the-beltway culture of comfort and, dare I say, corruption even.
The answer for Karl Rove is simple: return to the core values of the party. The Republican Party needs to become a party of reform, in order to reform itself. We have the power, we hold the reins, we lack only the will to get it done. Let us wake up and realize that we are turning into . . . Democrats.
What more incentive do we need, than that?
Thanks again for coming by, and see you next Sunday for our next edition of PUNDIT ROUNDTABLE!
Posted by Ken McCracken · 12 March 2006 04:00 PM
Very interesting comments all three. In a 'nutshell', the Republicans need to 'grow a set'. Seems like they have castrated themselves. My advice would be stand up like men that Ronald Reagan would be proud of. Don't worry about what everybody 'thinks' and what it 'might take' to get elected again. Stand up for old fashioned Republican values and you WILL be elected again.
President Bush has even whimped out. He is not the cowboy he was after 9/ll. I will continue to support him, but all this 'tolerance' toward Islam is unacceptable. Also not good is his stance on illegal immigration, government spending, Medicare drug plan, .....
And now with Iran I am not seeing a strong stand against their nuclear program. While we sit and 'discuss' the situation, they are getting closer by the day to having the materials for a nuclear bomb. Even Israel is tired of our wimpieness (is that a word?". Sorry, you get the idea.
Posted by: Debbie at March 12, 2006 04:40 PM
The radical way out of the main stream, loud mouthed Libs. seem to draw so much attention and disrupt the important business of our country. The USA giving money to the Palastinians is one decision that bothers me! The Pals. threatened violence if we did not give the financial support??? If that is not terrorism? What is? The President in my opinion has withstood alot during his term. BUT, IF we are really going to go after terrorists then what makes the Pals. the exception? Dubai on the other hand has been a friend??? It all just seems a bit confusing?
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at March 13, 2006 11:51 AM