- Jan 2010
Crazy never wins GOP sweepstakes
By JOE SCARBOROUGH | 9/26/11 11:29 PM EDT
As Rick Perry might say, “It really ain’t that hard.”
If you’re a Northeast elite hoping to crack the code on GOP presidential primaries while impressing your friends at Fifth Avenue dinner parties with insightful political prognostications, always remember one simple rule: Crazy never wins.
You heard right, my Upper West Side friend. Crazy. Never. Wins.
Despite the crop of nutty right-wing candidates that sprout up in GOP presidential fields every four years, despite the gasps and growls that regularly rise from Manhattan cocktail parties aimed at extremists who are hijacking the Republican Party (in ways that past GOP extremists would never have dreamed of hijacking the party), despite the cries from right-wing radio hosts predicting the rise of Ronald Reagan’s ghost and the nomination of an unelectable candidate, in the end this political chatter always proves to be sound and fury signifying nothing.
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Reagan ignored the most extreme elements in his party and governed from the center when compromise was required. That pragmatic streak required the conservative movement’s founder to come to the Gipper’s defense more than once.
William F. Buckley praised Reagan’s pragmatism in a 1967 National Review column that mocked right-wing critics by facetiously asking whether the California governor should “padlock the state treasury and give speeches on the Liberty Amendment.”
Buckley would later criticize George W. Bush’s utopian foreign policy by telling The Wall Street Journal that “conservatism implies a certain submission to reality.”
By that standard, conservatism is in short supply in the 2012 GOP field.
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... crazy never wins. It never even comes close.
So regardless of what is written about the Republican Party every four years by Northeast elites or right-wing nuts, guys like my father still hold the GOP’s fate in their conservative hands.
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I don't know, Joe, after awhile, doesn't the primary electorate become used to the crazy? Might they not just not be able to recognize that some of these guys are crazy?
BTW, I think Joe Scarborough will be the GOP's nominee for President someday.