First Jonah, Now Prager

by Brad Nelson  •  Dennis Prager, much like Jonah Goldberg, is undergoing a bit of a liberal transformation — or at least an Establishment Republican one.

Dennis was on the wrong side of the NSA thing. Terribly wrong. And now he’s basically blasted one of the few true conservatives in the Senate in an article at NRO that was otherwise pretty good (Feeling Good vs. Doing Good). But near the end of this article, he gets in a gratuitous shot at Cruz:

Republicans and conservatives achieved nothing — and did themselves substantial harm — when the House passed legislation that demanded the defunding of Obamacare as a condition of further funding the government and perhaps even raising the debt ceiling.

I have not read a convincing argument on behalf of these tactics. But I have read polls showing that the Republican party is held in lower esteem than at any time in its history.

And any Republican who dismisses such polls ought to recall that the polls, not wishful-thinking Republicans, were right in predicting that Obama would win reelection.

So now the man who constantly reminds us that “All wisdom starts with fear of God” would have us be driven by polls. I’m aghast but I guess no longer surprised. Would the last woman or man of conservative integrity please turn out the lights on your way out.
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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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3 Responses to First Jonah, Now Prager

  1. faba calculo says:

    I think you are misinterpreting Prager here. He’s not discussing end goals but tactics. And conditioning a temporary extension of spending authority on the revocation of a duly passed law was an extremely stupid tactic, one whose only effect that I can see consists of giving me an extra three weeks (almost) of paid vacation.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Prager is a fool. I happen to agree with Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution:

      Section. 7.

      All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

      The “tactic” is to get rid of Obamacare through the political process. Republicans have the House. They should flex their muscles. But for many it’s always “We’ll get them next election.” And when next election comes it’s “Oh, to do such-and-such is too controversial and would hurt us in the polls.”

      Prager has taken on the mindset of the Republican Establishment, and that’s a shame.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    By the way, now Ponnuru and Lowry have officially joined the ranks of the clueless Establishment Republicans….not that they haven’t been there for some time, especially Ponnuru: Against Despair.

    As Arminicious concluded in his wise reply to that article: “THAT is where the analysis should start. Not with a bunch of whining by people who don’t like being called RINOs, or not “pure,” or Rockefeller Republicans or whatever.”

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