The 'About-to-be-Reborn' Conservative Movement: Whose Side Are You On?

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Oct 22, 2008 11:15 AM
Tony Blankley has a MUST-READ column today on the topic of "Me-Too Conservatism":

"Now, on the cusp of what some think will be a major Obama victory, we are beginning to see emerge what I will call "me-too conservatives" -- initially among conservative commentators (politicians to follow). I have in mind, among others: Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, David Frum and Kathleen Parker.

Of course, they are not quite saying they are giving up conservatism for whatever it is Obama would bring. They are initially focusing on style or, in the newly arrived cliche, temperament -- a term made famous, interestingly, to describe FDR as possessing a second-class intellect but a first-class temperament."

... I couldn't have said it better, myself. 

Like Blankley, I believe we are witnessing something significant here.  And I am excited that conservative bloggers (as opposed to the elite "commentators") are -- generally speaking -- on the right side of this issue -- and will be part of rebuilding the conservative movement once this election ends. 

In a sense, all these so-called conservative "Me Too'ers" are doing us a favor by revealing themselves now. 

More Blankley:

"I suspect that the conservative movement we start rebuilding on the ashes of Nov. 4 (even if McCain wins) will have little use for overwritten, over-delicate commentary. The new movement will be plain-spoken and socially networked up from the Interneted streets, suburbs and small towns of America. It certainly will not listen very attentively to those conservatives who idolatrize Obama and collaborate in heralding his arrival. They may call their commentary "honesty." I would call it -- at the minimum -- blindness.

... As I did at the beginning of and throughout the Buckley/Goldwater/Reagan/Gingrich conservative movement, I will try to lend my hand. I certainly will do what I can to make it a big-tent conservative movement. But just as it does in every great cause, one question has to be answered correctly: Whose side are you on, comrade?"