The correct answer is “no.” Just thought I’d get that out of the way. The Three RINOs: Too Liberal? Answer: “yes.” Hey, this is easy!
I came across an article on Yahoo News today: Kan. senator seeking conservative mantle. Let’s take a look at what caught my eye.
With the GOP’s influential conservative wing still scrambling for a candidate to back for the 2008 nomination, Brownback presents a paradox.
He has the kind of unquestioned credentials as a family values crusader that conservatives have long sought in a presidential candidate. Yet he hasn’t been able to leverage his credentials to break out of a crowded pack of White House hopefuls.
One potential reason: Some Republicans fear he may be too conservative to win a national election.
It would appear these “some Republicans” are cowards except where it comes to selling out their conservative values. Get some spine, people.
The top-tier candidates — Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney — are viewed as more electable than Brownback but all have political vulnerabilities and histories that make them suspect to conservatives.
So where’s the debate? As far as I can see the real paradox is that many GOP polls reveal that those polled are choosing supposedly “electable” RINOs who will prove to be that which they wouldn’t like once elected.
What’s the point of getting a candidate to the White House if it entails selling out the values one professes to hold? That, as I see it, is the true paradox.
There’s more in the article, so check it out. But I think this issue of “electable” versus “conservative” is one that really needs to be spotlighted. I’m completely sick of it. Give me a real conservative or I will go outside the GOP to find someone who more closely represents what I hold most dear: conservative values.
Update: Michigan Poll. Good news: most conservative? Sam Brownback (32%). Bad news: who will win the Republican primary? John McCain (29%). In second place was Other (20%). So there’s still a thirst for someone other than one of the Three RINOs. Got Brownback?