"Sen. Bennett: “I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.”"
Says of GOP, “ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office.”
Back in October, Steven Hayward, “the F.K. Weyerhaeuser fellow at the American Enterprise Institute” wrote: “The brain waves of the American right continue to be erratic, when they are not flat-lining.”
A similar point was just made by Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) — or made that should be Sen. Bob Bennett (RUT). TP has the story:
Last month, Sen. Bennett came in a distant third behind two other GOP candidates vying for the three-term senator’s seat at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention in Salt Lake City. His defeat was heralded as a Tea Party victory and prompted Utah’s other GOP U.S. senator, Orrin Hatch, to say tea partiers “don’t have an open mind” and “won’t listen.” Yesterday, Bennett had some harsh words for his party and its future:
“As I look out at the political landscape now, I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas,” Bennett told The Ripon Society.
“Indeed, if you raise specific ideas and solutions, as I’ve tried to do on health care with [Oregon Democratic Sen.] Ron Wyden, you are attacked with the same vigor as we’ve seen in American politics all the way back to slavery and polygamy; you are attacked as being a wimp, insufficiently pure, and unreliable.”
Bennett predicted that the GOP would win back control of the House in this year’s midterm elections, but added, “The concern I have is that ideology and a demand for absolute party purity endangers our ability to govern once we get into office.”
— This is a Think Progress cross-post.
JR: I think it has been obvious for a while that the conservative movement should be renamed the conservative stagnation:
- Gingrich sums up conservative ethos: “I am not a citizen of the world! I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous”
- Joe Klein on the GOP: “How can you sustain a democracy if one of the two major political parties has been overrun by nihilists?”
- Teabaggers try to “flush” Graham out of GOP, calling him “traitor” and “RINO” and “wussypants, girly-man, half-a-sissy”; Graham responds, “We’re not going to be the party of angry white guys”
- Republicans demagogue against market-oriented climate measures they once supported
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 5: So much for the American Enterprise Institute being a “think” tank
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 4: Moderate GOP candidate yields to angry conservative.
- “Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 1: Conservatives vow to purge all members who support clean energy or science-based policy.”
- Part 2: Opposing clean energy hurts GOP “” Mellman.