KUHNER: The conservative civil war
Jeffery T. Kuhner
Sunday, March 15, 2009
What Mr. Frum and his ilk don't understand is that most voters don't care about free-market health-care reform - or other boutique policy issues, such as hybrid cars, health savings accounts or partially privatizing Social Security. These will not revive the GOP. ...
...Conservatives are in a state of civil war. The ultimate target of the attacks on talk radio is a populist conservatism that fuses patriotism, free-market capitalism and social traditionalism. First, it Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was disparaged by the elitist right. Now, it Mr. Limbaugh is the target. Mrs. Palin energized activists across the country and Mr. Limbaugh and talk radio mobilizes and gets the message out to tens of millions of listeners.
By contrast, elitist conservatives sit in their ivory towers building castles in the sky as their country burns.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute, a Washington policy institute.