Movement conservatives recently left Washington whipped into an anti-government frenzy following their annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Fueled by anti-Obama rhetoric, tea-party populism (which at times resembled more of a Renaissance Festival than that a policy conference), CPACers salivated at the prospects of a Republican take over of the House and potentially even the Senate in 2010.
The question for Senator DeMint and other social conservatives is: were he alive today, would they welcome Barry Goldwater into this “pure caucus of 30”?
Yet to Goldwater, the freedom so essential to his political composition meant complete freedom for the individual. Freedom for a woman to choose, freedom for gay Americans to live absent government scrutiny, and freedom to practice the religion of one’s choosing without fear of persecution.
Likely taking their cues from the savvy campaign run by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, CPACers this year largely avoided the controversial social issues many speculate could someday splinter the Republican Party.
Simply blocking any and all action by President Obama may be a decent enough strategy for the 2010 elections, but that tune could ring sour and tired come 2012. Republicans need to propose viable alternatives to current Democratic proposals to convince the American people they are serious about solving problems and not just intent on obstructionist tactics.
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