THE ATLANTICCan Mitt Romney Co-Opt the Conservative Media?
by Conor Friedersdorf
Published May 3, 2012
This is how to co-opt journalists. Eager for access to the Republican nominee, or curious about what he'd say at the meeting, they agreed to the off-the-record ground rules. It's easy to imagine how it could all play out. Romney vows he'll be a loyal conservative who'll ambitiously push a Tea Party agenda. And tells the journalists they're so very important. They feel important, in spite of themselves, for getting exclusive access; and having heard the man affirm his bona fides, they can't help but be won over a bit. They go easier on Romney, defending him at times while thinking that they possess private information the rest of us don't know -- stuff that Romney isn't saying publicly because he has to win over swing voters. It's perfect for Romney because he need never be held accountable to what he told the conservative journalists, or at least not nearly as accountable as if he'd been forced to say it on the record.
Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/can-mitt-romney-co-opt-the-conservative-media/256680/
Piers Morgan Slays Himself in Goldberg Interview
by David Limbaugh
Published May 4, 2012
There was a silver lining for Jonah Goldberg in Piers Morgan's ambush interview of him allegedly concerning his new book, "The Tyranny of Cliches." Jonah couldn't have written a better script to illustrate his book's theme.
Someone really should explain to Morgan that when a host invites a guest to discuss the guest's book, the host ought to at least make a good-faith effort to pretend he has the slightest interest in allowing the author to expound on the book's contents -- as opposed to using the author as a prop to indulge the interviewer's own arguments against conservatives and their toxic opinions.
That someone might also inform Morgan that it's a perversion of the Socratic method for an interviewer to badger a guest into admitting the rhetorical premises of the interviewer's opinions rather than lead him through carefully constructed logical arguments to those conclusions -- never allowing the guest fully to answer his questions, never listening to his responses, making every one of his follow-up questions a classic non sequitur and putting words in the guest's mouth for the purpose of constructing and then demolishing various straw men.
A True Warrior in the Republican Party
by Conservative Sue
Published May 4, 2012
Mark Levin provided the best chastisement I've heard anywhere for those who lashed out at Speaker Gingrich throughout the 2012 GOP nomination battle (linked below). Levin says what most of the loyal followers of Newt have known all along: Newt is a conservative warrior for rank and file Republicans.
Newt Gingrich owes nothing to the party who systematically discredited him and assaulted him personally and professionally. How quickly they forget that Newt brought back GOP dominance in Washington, D.C. Newt revived an ailing party that was viewed as weak and out of touch with the average American. Newt ushered in Republican leadership at every level of government: state, local, and national. Newt provided the blueprint for success to hundreds of new, passionate, conservative politicians who came to D.C. to clean up corruption and pare down liberal, big government. Newt didn't just revive the GOP, he revived conservatism. He reworked the House of Representatives leadership structure and passed landmark legislation in his Contract with America .. neither has been duplicated. He was the first and last in my lifetime who actually went to D.C., stood by every one of his promises, and delivered for the American people. He never backed down; he never apologized.
And, here we are, Newt has bowed out of the GOP nomination battle, yet carries on with the fight for the Republican Party. In spite of the lack of good-will from those in the GOP establishment, Newt still proudly carries the mantle of the Republican Party and has vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that Barack Obama is not elected in November. What a testimony. What a man.
I stand by Speaker Gingrich. I believe he is the lone voice in the wilderness within the Republican Party. He stands alone in providing actual solutions to our nations problems. He stands alone in providing the passionate leadership and vision we desperately crave. I may no longer hold respect for the GOP, but my faith in and respect for Newt Gingrich has never been stronger. Newt is the voice for conservatism in the GOP. I stand with Newt.
|A true patriot speaks the truth about Newt Gingrich|