I have found it amazing to watch the twists and turns in this current Republican Presidential primary. However the things that has given me a serious case of whiplash is the battle over who is and isn’t a “Conservative.” I suppose that this isn’t really a new battle, but who would have even considered six months ago that we would be questioning the “Conservative” credentials of the likes of Newt Gingrich? Chris Christie? Or Ann Coulter?
I would suggest that “Conservative” is in the eye of the beholder. Or maybe “Conservative” only applies until someone becomes a front-runner and thus a target.
The “Conservative” alternative to Wikipedia provides a pretty good list of topics common to all “Conservatives” at: http://conservapedia.com/Conservative
I think that list is pretty comprehensive and if that list is the litmus test then I am a 100% authentic “Conservative.” There are 23 categories there. If I disagreed with one (4.3%) does that tarnish my “Conservative” credentials? How about two disagreements (8.9%)?
The TEA movement carved out a slice of the political spectrum that only covers three of those points (13%). Does that qualify TEA folks as “Conservatives?” I would say it does not and of course there is evidence for that view point.
If you take the viewpoint that you and I agreeing 80% of the time makes us friends – that means you must conform to 19 of 23 points (82.6%). Check that list out again - http://conservapedia.com/Conservative – any room for ambiguity there? Do you think that reasonable people might disagree on the exact parameters of what “The death penalty” means? What is a “failed social program?
My point is this attempt to out “Conservative” each other is becoming pretty stupid in my opinion. Does anyone believe that Michelle Bachmann is “the only authentic “Conservative” in the race” as she asserts? Preposterous. While we’re at it, you might drive Mitt Romney’s positions by that list. I think based on that list – he’s one of us. The only really odd man out in this race is goofy Ron Paul. I think Paul agrees with most of that list – but who the hell knows?
I think that Governor Rick Perry is cool with that whole list so he’s still my pick.