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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Losing A Good Man

Being a Republican is tough at my alma mater, which shares intellectual property with the UBIT-exempt Carter Center. It is because of this that many college-level Republicans have made the unfortunate transition to RINO status before they're ready for the real world. Such has been the fate of the ECR '07-'08 Attorney General. Reproduced below for your deepest sympathies is his blog post from Feb. 28:

Conservatives for Obama?

With the hot, passionate nights of the Republican primaries over, conservatives all across America are waking up the next morning and asking, “Oh God, what did I do?” First it was Ann Coulter who proclaimed on Hannity & Colmes that she would rather campaign for Hillary than vote for McCain. Libertarian-leaning Republican Andrew Sullivan has leant his unequivocal support to Obama and the anti-war conservative Justin Raimondo stopped just short of endorsing him in his own blog. Just the other day, a conservative Ohio radio host declared that he has “had it up to here” with John McCain and will never support him. And of course, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have been less than favorable.

Generally, there are two schools of thought here (three if you count the people, like Coulter, who just really, really hate McCain). The Sullivan/Raimondo camp believes, albeit hesitantly, that the Democratic Party will do a better job of promoting their ideals from now on than the Republicans can. Unfortunately for them, this camp could fit in one tent.
Okay, let's stop here for a second, and review. So, the Att'n Gen'l thinks we can let a few nuts and dolts speak for our party, when it's very likely he's never nominated these dudes before to such a stature? Geez, sounds like something right out of the politico (oh, wait...right!).

Others believe that what the Republican Party needs is a good trouncing if it wants to reclaim its principles. Just like the heartache of the Kerry campaign led Democrats to search for a truer liberal in 2008, a loss this year could inspire Republicans to get back to their Goldwater/Reagan/Gingrich roots in 2012. Of course, an electoral defeat and at least 4 years of an Obama administration are tough for most conservatives to accept. They may soon decide that a bad Republican is better than any Democrat..
And now, our friend AG echoes the sentiment (initially) that hey, maybe it's ok if the GOP loses the White House this election cycle! My old friend, courtesy Thomas Lifson...maybe not.

Only time will tell what the mood will be come November. Still, if liberals and independents are gravitating to Obama, and conservatives are pulling away from McCain, one has to ask: who will vote for McCain?
At long last, AG erases any pretense of GOPness - he's now converted to full-fledged RINOhood! He's succumbed to the mere suggestion that Obama has the full support of Dems and Inds and is capable of siphoning off parts of the GOP vote. This may not be true, but Dems have learned to repeat in true Hitlerian fashion any lies that might help them maintain their power indefinitely, at whatever the cost to the American people.

So, to my friend who was mercilessly defeated by the RINO inside him at such a tender age, I say...RIP, Kelse Moen.


  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger Ben Clark said…

    Let me preface this by saying that I am a proud member of Emory CR as well as someone who voted for McCain in the Primary.

    That being said, I have to take exception with this post for a number of reasons. First of all, I don't see the point in labeling someone a "Republican in Name Only," considering how that is essentially everything a Republican is- at best the epithet "Republican" is an artificial label used to help voters know generally where candidates stand; at worst, the GOP is a self-serving institution (as all artificial organizations must be) that thrives solely by preying upon as many voting blocks as possible. Not to say that the Democrats are any better...

    I won't delve into the specifics of your post as it seems to boil down to a disagreement over what- if any- groups will vote for Obama over McCain. At this point, it's all conjecture and I'm willing to accept your best guess at face value as I do Kelse's. That being said, you may want to reread parts of his entry as you don't seem to have a firm handle on it yet.

    However, to insinuate that as College Republicans we have an obligation to tote the anticipated party line at every turn is somewhat misleading. Our goal at the College Republicans (per our mission statement) is "to bring conservative viewpoints to Emory." Unfortunately, there is no clear direction of exactly which often-contradictory conservative views we are to espouse. We can not, therefore, only focus on the Republican Party platform as might be permissible were there any other conservative organizations on campus to pick up wherever we leave off. I don't think you can disagree that there are indeed some conservatives who are extremely frustrated with McCain, even to the point of surrendering their support to Clinton/Obama. I personally hope that they are few in number.

    To say that doubting McCain's success in November (while still holding out hope for a more pure conservative in 2012) somehow makes someone less of a Republican is, quite frankly, absurd. In all honesty, it much more closely resembles the most "Doubleplusgoodthinkful" of my classmates and professors on the far Left. It does not even remotely resemble a commitment to a free market of ideas, which is most vexing.

    Yours in conservatism,

    Ben Clark
    Chairman, Emory CR '07-'08


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