cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Republican party wonders why conservatives are so disappointed with it?
Another glowing example of the problems confronting the Republican party occurred yesterday. The Senate Republicans had the opportunity to force a full reading of the Senate's proposed health care bill so that every bit of the 2,200 pages would be made public by the reading, and so the people could become much better informed about its contents before it is passed...if it is passed. It had the opportunity to really hold the Democrats' feet to the fire over this abominable excuse for legislation that is being crammed down the throats of a majority of Americans who want no part of it. if nothing else, this delaying tactic would've served to cause more focus on those who were about to vote "Yes" to move this bill from Committee.
The Republicans decided that they wanted to go home for the Thanksgiving recess of the Senate more than they wanted to fulfill their obligations to those who elected them to serve in the Senate. Pure and simple! They ignored the Senate rules that could've been brought to bear on behalf of the citizens they represent. They threw in the towel rather than spend a week-end in Washington, D.C. fighting the good fight. They, being in the minority, threw in the towel over something that would've let them at least assert their rights as a minority. They could've tried to change just one Democrat or Independent mind and thus prevent the bill from even being debated. Had it not been debated, the entire health care reform effort would've been shut down.
Conservatives are rightly angered by this latest slap in the face from the party that is supposedly keeping its eye on the majority. Michael Steele makes noises as if he is conservative but he fails to influence the party leaders in the grand old "club" we call the Senate to stay and fight for the principles important to conservatives. The leaders of the Senate Republicans like to make believe they're conservative, but their actions seem to decry that.
When such an opportunity presents itself to Democrats, they unhesitatingly take that opportunity. When the same opportunity presents itself to the Republicans, they fail to take a swing at the ball.
And the Republican party wonders why it has so much dissent, within the party and outside the party, from the conservatives who are still members of that party and from those who've long ago ended their membership in that party. It wonders this after the dismal campaign for president and the bushwhacking suffered by then-Governor Palin from inside the McCain campaign. It wonders this after Michael Steele sends mixed signals. It wonders this after the groups that have formed outside the Republican party offer it opportunities that it spurns.
I have been a conservative since I reached voting age. I was a member of the Republican party for a long time but that ended several years ago...and it isn't likely to change with these demonstrations of just how hopeless this party is from a conservative's perspective.
The "silver platter" had been within its grasp, and it couldn't even bring itself to reach out and take the offering.