OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Monday, December 04, 2006 :::

After the "Advance"

Nova Scout has some early thoughts about the recently completed "Advance," as does the Mason Conservative.

Their perspectives on Northern Virginia are well taken. Then again, Doug digs up a nugget from Ken Cuccinelli that boils things down rather clearly:

"If we don't stand for something, then it's just a nice-guy contest," Cuccinelli said. "That's not a consistent path either to governance or to victory."

As an ideologue, I'm deeply sympathetic to this view. But I do not necessarily believe compromise and principle are always mutually exclusive. Republicans can and have stood for things in the past. Yet even the most ardent conservatives have bent principle from time to time (Reagan did so repeatedly, if it also helpadvancence his larger goals). Sometimes my friends on the right forget this.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 12/04/2006 1 comments


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