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We do not need more principles, we need votes. Voters. Regular people are not part of the base, or much interested in politics at all. THAT is how you advance principles. And the last weeks did not help us in any way to win them over.
The truth is, the right fringe does not care about winning anyone over, they are happy to be among themselves, keeping themselves pure and untainted, waiting for a savior, and hating on anyone who gets his hands dirty to advance conservatism in the real world. The sacred base, an eternal minority.
The vaunted conservative base does not need any more coddling. It needs to stop getting their directions from talk radio and understand that it is a minority and cannot win elections on its own. The democrat base largely understands this, and look who got more of their agenda implemented since 2007.
Boehner could set himself on fire on the house floor and the fringe would call him spineless. I was like that a couple of years ago. Now I am sick of it.
"didn't stand by them"? What does that even mean? The fringe got what it wanted, they predictably failed and now they are blaming anyone but themselves, just like liberals always do.
I am sick of so-called real conservatives who spend more time fighting the GOP than the Democrats. If the GOP had the majorities Obamacare would be over. We do not need any more purity and principles, we need voters. And the fringe is driving them away.
But why isn´t it propaganda when we show all soldiers as PTSD suffering victims or ticking time bombs or manipulated buffoons? Regarding the last point, chances are even a liberal voted for someone who voted to send them to war.