A new spin on me using “[BLANK] is a Filthy RINO” as a blog title. While I think people like Meghan McCain and David Frum, are absolutely useless, there are some in the often decried “beltway cocktail party circuit” that I think are just valuable to conservatism as talk radio. Peggy Noonan is one. Another is David Brooks, and an example is today’s endorsement of Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity.”
In today’s New York Times, there was a glowing review of Paul Ryan’s budget plan…same as there was yesterday on The Rush Limbaugh show. I’m willing to bet a majority of NYTimes readers will take the opposite position that Rush’s takes purely on the principle of doing so, yet here was a columnist from the newspaper in near total agreement with one of the top talk radio hosts over a conservative proposal. That’s an entire audience who agrees with Rush Limbaugh, who normally doesn’t agree with Rush Limbaugh, without realizing they agree with Rush Limbaugh.
Brooks also makes a very important point concerting Ryan’s plan and the 2012 election…
The Ryan budget will not be enacted this year, but it will immediately reframe the domestic policy debate. His proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion. It will become the 2012 Republican platform, no matter who is the nominee. Any candidate hoping to win that nomination will have to be able to talk about government programs with this degree of specificity, so it will improve the G.O.P. primary race.
Do I agree with every column he writes and every comment he makes on every news show? Of course not. I don’t expect to agree with anyone 100 % of the time. I also don’t think people should be thrown overboard for not agreeing with me 100% of the time.
There’s nothing wrong with having people on our side that can take basic conservative messages and principles and present them to a different audience who doesn’t realize it. How many New York Times reader’s do you think read his column today, agreed with him, and realized that so do most of the conservatives they thought they didn’t agree with?