Conservatives reinvent themselves regularly. It may not seem that way to those outside the circle jerk, but they see themselves as pioneers always breaking new ground. The new ground always looks, acts and smells like the old ground because ultimately they cannot be something they’re not, Can Ricochet Make Conservatism Fun Again?
Ricochet is the brainchild of two established conservatives, former Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson and Hollywood producer-pundit Rob Long. “Rob and I felt there was plenty of space in the online world for a center-right website with a sense of fun, of talking back and forth among conservatives,” says Robinson. The left outweighs the right-wing in cyberspace, he says, even with everything from The Weekly Standard to ‘Townhall.com’ populating the web.
Conservatism is everywhere. Those that have cable can consume it 24/7 from Fox to the 700 Club to conservative pundits on CNN . Conservatism is still a staple of radio. Moderates are successful on the net, but there is no shortage of far Right magazines, blogs, organizations, Tweets and forums. The old school broadcast media rarely challenge the conventional center-right mentality that has pervaded news coverage for years. Rupert Murdoch – Australian media mogul, right-winger and expert at dumping down the news has outlets everywhere from the WSJ to the NY Post. The morning news shows are not much more than watered down infotainment. Moderates can take some solace in the never ending barrage of the conservative message. Republicans have to repeat the message constantly or as George W. Bush once said “”to kind of catapult the propaganda” because the right-wing message is so dependent on appealing to base emotions rather than facts and the common good.
In that vein, most of Ricochet’s contributors are familiar names. In addition to frequent National Review writers Robinson and Long, John Yoo, Victor Davis Hanson, Shelby Steele, Claire Berlinski and Mark Steyn will grace Ricochet’s virtual pages. Several conservatives have griped privately that these names are hardly in need of more outlets for their commentary, so it is unclear what, if anything, the site will bring new to the ideological table.
And indeed, of the 15 Ricochet podcasts released to date, hosted jointly by Robinson, Long and the ubiquitous Steyn (who often fills in for Rush Limbaugh on his radio show), little new ideological ground is broken. Tellingly, one episode features a session bashing conservative apostate David Frum as a “country-club Republican” who cedes too much ground to the Democrats, and doesn’t do enough “fighting, screaming and hollering,”
So Ricochet promises to be a kooler version of – more of the same old. Much like the tea nuts were a reinvention of conservatism – only its just conservatism with even less facts and more insanity. Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” franchises on the net were also supposed to be “cool” reinventions of conservatism,
“I want it to be an international movement. This is the same battle that Ronald Reagan and millions of other people fought in the 20th century; it just has a 21st century New Media battleground. The Cold War is now a New Media War.” conservative propagandist Andrew Breitbart on CBN, 2010.
Despite the Orwellian control of so much of the media – in addition to good old mailing lists and sugar daddy millionaires – Ricochet is just another group of conservatives convinced they are but poor victims whose point of view is not being heard.
Has anyone seen Sean Hannity’s moral conscience it seems to be missing – Hannity’s double whammy: falsely claims Obama is cutting troops’ pay and military spending
Back in March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his party’s fall campaign to undo health care reform, declaring, “I think the slogan will be ‘repeal and replace’, ‘repeal and replace.'” But a funny thing happened on the way to November. Surveys from Kaiser and Deloitte showed Americans strongly supported individual provisions of the new law, while Republicans’ own polling revealed independents hated “repeal and replace.” This week, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed Americans want to give the new law a chance by a 55% to 42% margin. So the GOP is rolling out a new slogan on health care: “Second Opinion.” Unsurprisingly, it’s the same as their first.
Whether they’re plain old right-wingers or tea gagging right-wingers they better hope the summer passes quickly because it looks like as people start to benefits from the inital phase of health care reform – they are going to notice that it ain’t got no death panels – and most of it is common sense reform that is long over due.
Historically, the Chamber’s role is to help big business achieve its goals — fighting the minimum wage, opposing health reform, pushing for outsourcing — while hiding the corporate identities of its funders. As ThinkProgress originally reported, many backers of the Chamber with a stake in financial reform are banks that were bailed out by taxpayer TARP funds. For instance, CitiGroup is a Chamber member that was bailed out by taxpayers and still has not repaid the money.
ThinkProgress recently caught up with Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) to ask him about firms who are using bailout money to lobby against financial reform. Pawlenty became defensive when asked about this, eventually arguing that the Chamber has a right to use taxpayer money in lobbying…
Pawlenty’s has a paid up membership in the Republican Wingnutus Hypocritus Club.
Another thing that scares the hell out of Republicans is American going back to work because Democrats saved the economy – Repairing The Job Machine – More jobs might be created this year than during George W. Bush’s presidency
If the economy produces jobs over the next eight months at the same pace as it did over the past four months, the nation will have created more jobs in 2010 alone than it did over the entire eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency.
That comparison comes with many footnotes and asterisks. But it shows how the economic debate between the parties could look very different over time — perhaps by November, more likely by 2012. More important, the comparison underscores the urgency of repairing an American job-creation machine that was sputtering long before the 2008 financial meltdown.
I won’t steal Ron’s thunder and post all the stats. He is cautious, as the White House has been, to claim the employment situation is rosy. Long term it might take years before we see the rate of job growth of the Clinton years. New technology, such as the greening of the economy, might be the kind of big economic boost that pushes us out of the ditch Republicans drove us into.