Thursday, January 3, 2008


I sent the following to a Yahoo Group of conservatives critizing the fact that Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats were gutting spending on the fence for border security.

I have been talking on here about the practical politics -- the kind that ends in electing good (not necessarily great) people to Congress and passing good (not great) legislation. My impression is that I'm talking to myself.

In 2006, the American people (a majority of them) voted for candidates who opposed border security and voted against candidates (e.g., George Allen, Rick Santorum) who supported border security. That is called a political reality.

Now, we're reaping the fruits of the 2006 disaster. The Democrats would not be doing what they are if they didn't feel 2008 will be a bigger disaster for Republicans. They're raising twice as much money as we are, which is a very ominous development.

Many of my fellow conservatives have reacted to the situation I described by attacking . . . Republicans! People like John Kyl and Lindsay Graham and John McCain are not the problem. That is obvious to anyone with eyes to see.

In many states (see Santorum mention above) opposition to illegals is NOT a winning issue. In 2006, it wasn't even a winning issue in border states, where the Dems did very well. No Democrat who opposed the fence was defeated in a re-election bid. NONE.

The prevalent notion in this group seems to be that Republicans got beaten becaus4 they weren't "conservative" enough. There is no evidence that point of view is correct.

The way you win on issues is NOT by attacking your political friends. It is by building coalitions of like-minded citizens. It is also by contributing to conservative candidates, something the Republican base has NOT done.

As long as Republicans continue shooting the (Republican) wounded things will go from bad to worse. Ideological fantasies are not going to repair an awful situation.

We conservatives have to stop blustering. We need to wake up and wise up. Otherwise we will have no real say in what our government does.

steve maloney


Larry said...

That's 1. Huckabee 1st: 34% Giuliani 6th 4% . Watch the nationa polls, this weekDo you think Giuliani can scratch out a 4th in New Hampshire? Ron Paul looks pretty tough to beat for that spot.


Stephen R. Maloney said...

I heard tonight that the pre-Caucus poll in NH had McCain at 37% and Romney at 31%, with everyone else far behind I was on Eric Dondero's radio show tonite (Friday) for an hour, talking mostly about Iowa and New Hampshire. If Giuliani wins FL big, he is still viable. But he must win there and then do well on Super Tuesday. If Romney loses in NH, his campaign may go on but it will be "Dead Man Walking." McCain can stay alive by doing fairly well (second?) in SC and then second in FL. He might pull that off.