The Media's Favorite Fake Republicans
The Republican Party is desperately in need of some good advice. It needs to return to Ronald Reagan conservatism and give America a two-party system, not a tinny echo of Obama. But our liberal media keep desperately inviting fake Republicans to offer advice to the GOP. They want to create a new Republican Party, one that rejects the principles of the man who championed freedom.
Exhibit A: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The January 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page: â€śBloomberg wants change in the GOP.â€ť Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted â€śAmericaâ€™s most prominent and deep-pocketed advocate for gun control would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them.â€ť
What? Republicans are criminals in need of rehabilitation? The analogies get worse. Supporting the Bill of Rights is like supporting.... segregation and slavery. Democrats donâ€™t like Bloomberg trying to reform Republicans instead of defeat them, reported Horowitz. But â€śBloomberg counters that just as Democrats were once the party of slavery and segregation, the pro-gun GOP is now ripe for moderation.â€ť
The new Republican Party is always â€śripe for moderationâ€ť â€“ overripe to the point of turning moldy and smelly, like a forgotten fruit in the back of your refrigerator.
In the same story, Horowitz quotes Bloomberg as saying â€śYou have to change the people in the House,â€ť and reports Bloomberg wants to use his new super PAC to run ads against Second Amendment defenders: â€śThis guy or woman is in favor of leaving guns in the hands of crazy people who can kill your kids.â€ť
Please remember this is the same â€śmoderateâ€ť Bloomberg who journalists hailed for a â€śNo Labelsâ€ť campaign for civility in government.
Exhibit B: Colin Powell, who voted for Obama twice, but still insists heâ€™s a Reagan Republican. Indeed, since becoming a Republican, all heâ€™s done is criticize the GOP. NBC brought him on â€śMeet the Pressâ€ť to declare â€śIf itâ€™s just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the Party is in difficulty. Iâ€™m a moderate but Iâ€™m still a Republican.â€ť
Powell thinks heâ€™s a Republican, and the GOP has an â€śidentity problem.â€ť But the â€śidentity problemâ€ť is Powellâ€™s â€“ voting for Obama is neither Republican nor â€śmoderate.â€ť Todayâ€™s Republican establishment isnâ€™t to the right of Reagan. It is to the left of the man who won one of the largest landslides in history with an unequivocal conservative agenda.
NBC host David Gregory at least suggested to Powell he wasnâ€™t very Republican before cuing up his endless 600-plus-word answer. But he offered no challenge as Powell attacked the â€śdark vein of intoleranceâ€ť coming from Sarah Palin and other conservatives. Powell lashed into Palin for saying Obama was â€śshucking and jivingâ€ť on Benghazi, but said nothing about Biden insisting Republicans want blacks â€śback in chains.â€ť Powell voted for Biden, twice, too.
In the next segment, Gregory turned Powellâ€™s indictment on former RNC chairman Haley Barbour: â€śHe talks about a deep vein of intolerance within the Party. How did that sit with you?â€ť Barbour not only failed to defend todayâ€™s GOP on racism, he repeated that Powell the Obama Voter fits in the Republican â€śmainstream.â€ť Worse yet, Gregory asked Republican consultant Mike Murphy â€śYou've had a lot of these similar critiques. Your thoughts about Colin Powell this morning?â€ť
Murphy said he was happy to hear Powellâ€™s â€śstill a Republican,â€ť and â€śIâ€™d invite him to come back home and help us modernize and strengthen the party. We could use him.â€ť
Mike Murphy and his friends in the media are on the very same page: To â€śmodernizeâ€ť the Republican Party is to put conservatism through a shredder. On NBC back in November, Murphy warned if â€śwe don't modernize conservatism, we can go extinct....weâ€™ve got to get kind of a party view of America that's not right out of Rush Limbaughâ€™s dream journal."
By the by, how does one â€śmodernizeâ€ť principles? Limbaughâ€™s dream is Reaganâ€™s dream. You canâ€™t be against Rush and for Reagan.
In 2004, these same TV â€śnewsâ€ť people denounced Sen. Zell Miller for ripping his former party at the GOP convention. NBCâ€™s Andrea Mitchell denounced him for â€śa red meat speech, in fact a raw meat speech, which in fact misstates a lot of Kerry's record.â€ť On ABC, George Stephanopoulos whined â€śZell Miller was on a tirade. I mean, he was red faced, red meat for the red states." On MSNBC, both Chris Matthews and David Gergen compared Miller to â€śaxe-wielding segregationistâ€ť Democrat Lester Maddox.
Our transparently partisan media elite believes only one party should be embarrassed for its alleged extremism. Only one party must moderate or die. The Republicans must always move left. The liberal media is always holding up a plastic cup of â€ścompromiseâ€ť Kool-Aid and demanding the GOP drink up. Republicans should listen to this advice, knowing the correct response is always to do the opposite.