Rick Perry’s CPAC Delusion
Via Fox Nation:
"The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections. That’s what they think. That’s what say. That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012," Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) said in his address at CPAC this afternoon.
No doubt, this is a popular position at CPAC and amongst many in the GOP base. However, the problem for the Republican Party remains not that their candidates are insufficiently conservative, it is that their candidates have been insufficiently interested in governance.
The quality of the GOP’s 2012 candidate was pretty low and beyond that, the GOP was in a bad position in 2008 not matter who the nominee was.
On the ideological spectrum, despite crazy rhetoric from some (for example), the honest to gosh truth is that the Democrats, especially at the Presidential level, have moved rightward. Further, the GOP’s problem on the ideological front is not the lack of conservatism, it is that their leadership has started acting as if the sound bites are unalloyed truth (e.g., tax cuts are not the answer for everything).
The best hope that the GOP has at this point, in truth, is that (as often happens) that the public simply gets tired of Democrats in the White House and then only has one option: to vote for Republicans.