I’ll be honest with you — and I say this simply as an observer and not a liberal — the Republican party is an absolute mess. Outside of trying to sabotage our government to prove that it doesn’t work, protecting tax rates for the rich, opposing same-sex marriage and attacking abortion rights, all they seem to do is argue amongst each other about who’s really a “true conservative.”
Apparently the new thing among conservatives is to distinguish themselves from the Republican party, as if being a conservative and being a Republican are now two totally different things. Like I said, the entire party is a mess.
I think most people even remotely familiar with politics would associate Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck with the Republican party, being that the Republican party has always aligned itself with conservatives.
But, I guess not anymore? Not if you go by what Beck and Hannity said recently. Hannity bashed “the left” for constantly associating them with the Republican party no matter how often they “call out” the GOP.
Beck followed up Hannity’s claim that he’s attacked the GOP by saying:
“You’ll never get credit for that. The left will never look at people like you and me and say we’re anything but Republicans.”
Well, maybe we would if these “true conservatives” were brave enough to form their own “ultra conservative” party and run their own candidates. That’s the thing about these far-right conservatives usually associated with the tea party. They’ll gladly slam established Republicans, or try to bash the GOP, but they don’t have the courage to run as their own party — because they know it would split the Republican vote and they’d never win any elections.
So, while people like Beck and Hannity can whine about “the left” always lumping them in with the Republican party, it’s their cowardly behavior that’s causing liberals like myself to do that. They might enjoy bashing the GOP, but they’re sure not brave enough to branch off and run as an ultra conservative third party because they want the name recognition and funding that comes with being part of the Republican party.
And never mind that Fox News (which Hannity currently works for and Beck would love to still work for) has been a cheerleader for the Republican party for years.
But I’ll make a deal with both of these guys: When these so-called “real conservatives” stop aligning themselves with the Republican party they seem to suddenly hate, then we’ll stop associating them with it.
Until then, they really need to stop whining.