Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Huckabee warns GOP could become 'irrelevant'.

Mike Huckabee has warned the Republican party that it must be careful not to alienate it's base as it searches for broader appeal, as to do so could render it "irrelevant."

In an interview with the California newspaper The Visalia Times-Delta, Huckabee said the GOP would only further decline in influence should it alienate social conservatives — largely considered the most energetic and loyal faction of the party.

"Throw the social conservatives the pro-life, pro-family people overboard and the Republican party will be as irrelevant as the Whigs," he said in reference to the American political party that largely disbanded in the mid 1800s.

"They'll basically be a party of gray-haired old men sitting around the country club puffing cigars, sipping brandy and wondering whatever happened to the country. That will be the end of the party," he said in the interview published Thursday.

What part of this doesn't Huckabee get? That's exactly what the GOP are today: "a party of gray haired old men sitting around the country club puffing cigars and wondering what happened to the country."

It reminds me of those restaurant owners on Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares who are facing bankruptcy but are frightened to change their broken system in case they lose their existing customers.

This is why I said before the election that I thought the Republicans were heading for the political wilderness. I mean, how do they begin to widen their base from the place that Bush and Cheney have left them in? Embrace Latinos? Impossible. They really would prefer just to kick them all out. Try to enlist more young people? How can they possibly hope to do that when their social policies regarding gay issues and a myriad of other subjects belong in another age?

Huckabee's comments come the same day former Vice President Dick Cheney warned his party's leaders not to moderate their views as they launch an effort to regain control in the nation's Capitol.

"The idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy," Cheney also said. "I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren’t," he told conservative talk-radio host Scott Hennen.

It's the smallest political tent in history, and they are so convinced that their failed philosophy will work if only, "someone gives true conservatism a chance" that they are determined to fight on.

You see, in their world, conservatism never fails, it is always failed because no-one dares express conservatism in it's truest form.

The astonishing thing is that the Republicans have just been hammered in two elections in a row and are insisting that there is nothing to change about the product they are selling.

The public are wrong in their minds and all they have to do is wait for Obama's "Socialism" to fail and the public will flock right back to them. And they insist on this even as people like Colin Powell and Scott McClellan are deserting them.

Lemmings, the cliff is that way! Please carry on...

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