"The political libido of a liberal is utterly unrestrained. It's the political libido of a nymphomaniac, at times the political libido of a sex offender, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. told a giddy Greg Gutfeld & Co. on Red Eye in the wee hours this morning, explaining with customary brio the premise of his new book, After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery:
"… whereas the political libido of a conservative is much more restrained, almost gentlemanly and ladylike, and that's the problem. They need to learn a little bit about activism in politics."
Enter stage right the ladies and gentlemen that take tea:
I like the Tea Party movement …They love freedom, they love limited government, and they're my kind of people.
'Wonder what kind of political libido Mr. Tyrrell would attribute to us Tea Partiers. Hmmm. When it comes to core conservative principles — fiscal responsibility, limited government, free markets — we take no prisoners. But we're partial to persuasion and the power of the ballot box. Brute force isn't our thing, despite the best efforts of Rules-for-Radicals types with the "political libido of a sex offender" like SEIU President and Obama BFF Andy Stern to project their own modus operandi onto us:
We're trying to use the power of persuasion, and if that doesn't work, we're going to use the persuasion of power.
The hangover in the book's title refers to the last several years of the Bush Administration, when Republican politicians spent money "like drunken sailors, and I mean no offense to drunken sailors." The author expanded on the topic in a Washington Times column a few weeks back:
The Bush years witnessed the arrival of the conservative hustler. Sometimes the hustlers were crooks, such as Jack Abramoff. Other times they were the intellectual opportunists who thought they could advance in the kultursmog by tut-tutting established members of the conservative movement. I have in mind such reformed conservatives as the Davidians, David Brooks and David Frum(p).
The Davidians are members in good standing of the effete old guard we call the Northeast Corridor Conservatives, flogged here from time to time. As we wrote in "Freedom Vigil: The keyboard is my pitchfork" recently:
We aren't taking marching orders from inside the Beltway anymore — if we ever did. They're working for us, not the other way around, and if they still don't get it, we're going to make sure they do come November. That's the real story, but the Pauline-Kael bubblers, including Northeast Corridor "Conservatives" like David Frum, lately of AEI, are stuck in the amber of their echo chamber of addiction to power and contempt for extraordinary Americans.
Tyrrell's prescription, from the Red Eye interview, is a breath of fresh air:
In the book I'm talking about the conservatives who snipe at each other, the conservatives who are opportunistic, and those people, they're just doing it to advance themselves, whereas we do have a model of conservatives who've had a productive give and take that in my opinion is kind of a template for the future for conservatives, and that is the way Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh relate to each other. That's the way conservatives should relate to each other. A good-natured give and take. You don't always have to agree, but take an interest in each other, and don't diminish each other.
A final important point from the Washington Times article:
Talk radio, cable talk shows, the Internet, the established conservative think tanks and the magazines of the conservative movement are all flourishing and summoning compelling personalities armed with the tried-and-true ideas of the conservative movement.
The new breed of tried-and-true types is answering the summons. Independent Scott Brown's "surprise" victory restoring the "Kennedy Seat" to the people January 19 was famously the first shot heard. Now a small army of intelligent, articulate, authentically conservative candidates is on the march. We encourage our readers to support the candidates of their choice. We're putting our money and mouth behind three whose victories would, like Brown's win, restore currently stuffed seats to the people:
Chuck DeVore for CA District 6 Barbara Boxer Seat. Check out Devore's answer to Sarah Palin's endorsement of primary rival Carly Fiorina.
Term limits by other means. Click on the links to read about the candidates and contribute, and may the best man win.Note. As President of the Chelsea-by-the-Sea Thad McCotter Fan Club, we are, of course supporting the Michican District 11 incumbent's re-election bid. His twittering leaves all others' in the dust. This from last night:
One for the roadhog: AmSpec -The Time Greg Gutfeld Ate Reagan's Chicken at Bob Tyrrell's House
If we hadn't already fallen hard for Thad when we first set eyes on him on Red Eye just after Valentine's Day, this little rant from something calling itself "Mad At Thad" would have done the trick:
Thad McCotter has became a darling of the extreme right in recent weeks. Whether it be his participation in the Plymouth Township Tea Party or his consistent stops on Fox News, Thad McCotter is aligning himself with the most extreme elements of the Republican Party. He has aligned himself with supply-side, trickle-down economics even as their disastrous effects come to light. He joined a protest that saw venomous hate speech against the President, and, indeed, the whole government of the United States.
Align at will.
Crossposted at Liberty Pundits.