That’s the simple message of Quin Hillyer’s amusingly titled article “Embracing the Oogedy-Boogedy”
All around Washington, and perhaps all around the country, groups of politically inclined people are having conversations about how to revitalize the conservative movement, or how to rebuild the Republican Party (a different thing entirely), or both. But the usual suspects are out there in the meantime using newsprint and megaphones to pound home their message that conservatives and Republicans should either abandon fiscal conservatism/small-government predilections or abandon “social issues” that in the words of the obnoxious Kathleen Parker make its adherents into an “oogedy-boogedy” caucus.
The groups having the conversations are acting constructively. The others can stuff it.
The usual suspects pushing for conservatives to drop essential and longstanding tenets of conservatism are asking conservatives to stop being conservatives. That’s like asking Catholics to stop being Catholics, or like demanding that Red Sox fans start wearing Orioles uniforms.
I agree. Forget it. We need to be conservatives, otherwise we’re nothing but wanna-be Democrats.