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Across The Rubicon [Updated Below]

14 September 2010 @ 10:13

Charles Krauthammer is one of the most eloquent conservatives and is often a very wise man.  However, he has also lived in and breathed the foul air of The Beltway for too long, and it has clouded his otherwise sound judgement.  To be frank: he has sold his soul to the company store and become a full-fledged member of The Conservative Beautiful People.  You know who they are.  The CBP get invited to all the right soriees and are solicited to speak at the right think tanks, where aspiring elitists sit at the feet of the masters hoping that some of the CBP mojo rubs off on them.  While they often maintain a connection with the real world, no amount of understanding of what is actually occurring in the normal sphere is allowed to ever trump such the CBP’s insider instincts.  They will always revert to the attitudes and opinions typical of Beltway Elitists.

Such is what Mr. Krauthammer did in his comments on Monday’s Fox News All-Stars [tip of the fedora to Matt Lewis for the transcription] about the Delaware Senate Republican Primary battle between conservative Christine O’Donnell and RINO Mike Castle [the Memeorandum thread]:

Krauthammer: The Palin endorsement, I think, is disruptive and capricious. Bill Buckley had a rule that he always supported the most conservative candidate who was electable, otherwise the vote is simply self-indulgence.

Beir: Now Jim DeMint, from South Carolina, also endorsed Christine O’Donnell.

Krauthammer: Equally capricious and irresponsible. I’m not sexist on this. It’s a big mistake. …

Stacy McCain has the video of all of what Mr. Krauthammer said and comments:

…Note that Krauthammer states as a fact that Christine O’Donnell will lose the general election. But why, then, did Krauthammer support John McCain, who lost so disastrously in 2008?

Krauthammer’s certainty that Mike Castle would be a “shoo-in” is equally questionable. If a Tea Party Express ad buy totalling something like $200,000 can put Castle in jeopardy of losing the GOP primary, exactly why should we believe that he is an invincible electoral juggernaut for November?

A rather lively discussion followed in his Comments Section after Stacy published this post that is worth reading.

A good number of conservatives who are not CBP’s are siding with Charles Krauthammer.

I say ‘Fie!’

There’s no point in the GOP gaining control of the Congress if it is not a conservative/libertarian GOP gaining control of the Congress.

The situation is so serious that we cannot afford to waste time battling the RINOs. We will have enough problems with the Boehners and Gingrichs and the rest of the Right Establishment.

Better we wait another two years, if that is what is necessary to assure that we can ‘overthrow’ the existing regime – utterly.

TOM commentator Anonymous Drivel is right: ‘It’s time to roll the dice’ and go all out for the Christine O’Donnells of this world.

We have to stand firmly for conservative principles and not compromise them. The situation is too desperate. Either we reverse the socialist tide fully and completely or we shall all become engulfed and drown – that will become inevitable, with only the date it happens being variable.

We’ve crossed The Rubicon and there is no turning back, no retreat, no surrender possible, if we are to have any chance of restoring our freedoms and liberties.  We are morally compelled — it is the right thing to do.

John Adams [from 1776: The Musical]:

Is anybody there?
Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?

They want to me to quit; they say
John, give up the fight
Still to England I say
Good night, forever, good night!

For I have crossed the Rubicon
Let the bridge be burned behind me
Come what may, come what may

The croakers all say we’ll rue the day
There’ll be hell to pay in fiery purgatory
Through all the gloom, through all the gloom
I see the rays of ravishing light and glory!

Is anybody there? Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?

I see fireworks! I see the pagaent and
Pomp and parade
I hear the bells ringing out
I hear the cannons roar
I see Americans – all Americans
Free forever more

How quiet, how quiet the chamber is
How silent, how silent the chamber is

Is anybody there? Does anybody care?
Does anybody see what I see?

UPDATE at 1413…

-Good friend of TCOTS, Ran, proprietor of the always informative and sometime mischievous Si Vis Pacem, was kind enough to agree with me in part and link this post in a posting he published about the current debate between Quin Hillyer and Jeffrey Lord over at AmSpecBlog on the motives of conservatives getting involved in the Delaware Republican Senate race [in order: here, here, here, here].  Thanks.  In the third posting, Mr. Lord makes asks a very spot-on question [by writing that, please know that I am not taking sides in the debate — I actually agree with some of the points made by both] that everyone active on the Right needs to ask his or herself:

…But is the objective to hand out Senate chairmanships or promote the conservative cause?…

If it’s the former you say ‘Yeah’ to, than you are part of the problem and will only prevent us from implementing the solution.

  1. 14 September 2010 @ 11:14 11:14

    I think most people are failing to take in account is that this is also an anti-incumbent year too.

    Any other election year, CK might have a point but this year is a bit of an anomaly with the Tea Parties in full swing and voter discontent at a high.

    Ride that wave to it’s fullest to have as many career politicians looking for work next year.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      14 September 2010 @ 14:33 14:33

      Dave: Good point.

  2. 14 September 2010 @ 15:54 15:54

    Dave’s point raises another question about CK and the punditaucracy in DC: These guys were all of them caught with their feet up on the desk. No-one saw Palin as influential or the Tea Party as an effective political force.

    More, where CK and other “conservatives” had been comfortable, their true ideological mettle is being tested by an angry electorate demanding Liberty. CK isn’t about “liberty” – he’s WaPo’s sorta-conservative who writes well and speaks well.

    There was Goldwater and Buckley. Then there was Reagan and Buckley and Tyrrell.

    Today there’s Pence and Bachmann and Palin and Ryan and O’Donnell and Miller and Christie and and and… and a burgeoning multitude with R. Emmett Tyrrell in the new Media – Breitbart and Stacy and Malkin and and and.

    CK and his crowd in DC are becoming mere entertainment. They are leading nothing. It’s more than a wave – it’s a tsunami – and none of them saw it or felt it coming.

    We literally cheered when Sarah Palin delivered her address at the RNC two years ago. They were dismissing her as “a joke.”

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      14 September 2010 @ 20:04 20:04

      Ran: These times call for not putting pundits up on high and taking their every word as manna from Heaven. To steal a Bolshe phrase: Question Authority – as in the pundits of the Right.


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