If you're a Republican, and liberal Democrats -- who have the Presidency and control of both houses of Congress -- are desperate to find Republicans to sign onto their craziness, what does that tell you? It tells me that they are afraid Republicans will use their craziness as an issue; they wish to nullify it by donning the cloak of "bipartisanship" -- a code word meaning liberals win, conservatives lose.
I've written about the phenomenon of back-stabbing Republicans before. Here, and here.
Go poke around at the Republican National Committee web site, if you want to read some inflammatory conservative viewpoints. It's as if Rush Limbaugh writes their material. Republicans know who send them money. They know who man the phones and the booths. They know who get out and vote. Conservatives, that's who.
But do not infer from the GOP's conservative talk that they are willing to perform conservative deeds. When push comes to shove, the Democrats will shove them around, and they will in turn shove conservatives around. I'm so old, I remember when Lindsey Graham was a conservative. Then, he started hanging around John McCain, and the next thing you know he was calling conservatives a bunch of bigots for opposing Bush's Illegal Alien Amnesty Act, referred to in the mainstream media as "Immigration Reform."
Y'ever notice how betrayal of American interests is always preceded by lofty nomenclature? The word "reform" usually plays a prominent role. A demolition derby, if named by liberals, would be called "auto restoration reform." Feeding someone poison would be called "metabolic reform." Kicking someone in the butt would be called "pede-posterior reform." Being kicked in the butt would be called "gluteal reform and impact aid." Why, you can't be against reform, can you? You aren't one of those reactionary right-wing troglodytes, are you?
In the case of cap-and-trade, we could accurately call it the "2009 Unemployment and Economic Tailspin Act", as if we didn't already have enough of that. But it is being sold as emissions and environmental "reform." It will become "change you can believe in" as soon as they take your dollars and give you back a couple of coins.
The GOP plays the same game every election year. Talk conservative, gather conservative money, accept conservative votes, and then cave in to liberals. But with the GOP completely powerless, grass-roots conservatives are doing a better job than Republicans ever did at standing up to the liberal machine, with their tea parties and marches and town hall meetings.
The GOP is not the opposition party; they are the "prone-position" party. Republicans are not the opponents of liberalism; they are the enablers of liberalism.
My pledge is this: Not one red penny. Not one red cent of my money goes to the Republican National Committee; they will spend it on GOP insiders, "moderates" and "RINOs" all. (RINO = Republican in Name Only). We will gladly send money directly to candidates we believe to be legitimate conservatives, whether they are Republican or third-party. We've tried everything we know to interest the GOP into fighting hard for conservative ideas. Nothing else has worked, so let's try starving them until they get the message, or until a viable third party forms and we no longer need them.