Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Why Do Some Republicans Drift Leftward?
American Thinker ^ | 1 Oct, 2020 | Steve Feinstein

Posted on 10/01/2020 4:47:06 AM PDT by MtnClimber

President Trump's new Supreme Court nomination has some Republicans fearfully remembering past (and current) justices who have changed their spots.

The liberals' worst nightmare has come to pass: Ruth Bader Ginsburg died during the Trump administration. Many supporters had urged her to retire during Obama's tenure so he could appoint her leftist successor. But with arrogant defiance, Ginsburg stayed on the bench, certain, no doubt, that President Hillary Clinton would name her successor.

Reality's one tough customer.

Now President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. We'll let all the others recount her unimpeachable credentials. Suffice to say, Mrs. Barrett is at least as qualified for the bench as was Mrs. Ginsburg. Ginsburg was confirmed 96-3 in just 50 days. Historically, it doesn't take long to confirm Supreme Court justices, so let's dispense with that straw man. There's plenty of time before Election Day.

SNIP

Unfortunately, this softening seems to happen pretty often with conservative Republicans, whether it be judges or politicians. They wander from their conservative ideals, the ones that got them appointed or elected in the first place.

For politicians, the examples are endless. The much ballyhooed "Maverick of the Senate," John McCain, was celebrated by the liberal mainstream media because he frequently sided with the Democrats. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are two examples of "Never Trump" Republicans whom liberals love so much. So admirable and principled, no? The liberal media love to highlight NeverTrump Republicans as some sort of "proof" that President Trump is unworthy. When Romney ran for president, the liberal media portrayed him as the most misogynistic spoiled rich kid imaginable, complete with his infamous binders of women, his pretentious new house with its car elevator, and a foreign policy stuck in the 1980s.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: acb; backstabberromney; backstabberryan; bloggers; friendsofsoros; gopestablishment; money; rbg; rino; rinos; soros
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-52 next last

1 posted on 10/01/2020 4:47:06 AM PDT by MtnClimber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

Please no more traitors like Roberts.


2 posted on 10/01/2020 4:47:18 AM PDT by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

The social pressure is not something they can withstand. It’ takes tremendous courage, individuality and a pretty thick skin to think for yourself and resist mob mentality.

I have family, friends and co workers that I am no longer comfortable with and who I avoid.


3 posted on 10/01/2020 4:53:52 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Barbarism is the absence of standards to which an appeal can be made" Y Gasset)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

The Democrat go farther Left, and the ‘Pubbies try to pick up the not-so-quite-far Leftist abandoned by the Democrats as constituents.
As a result, the ‘Pubbies move left, too.


4 posted on 10/01/2020 4:55:21 AM PDT by Little Ray (Freedom Before Security! (Ironic, huh?))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

To be liked.


5 posted on 10/01/2020 4:56:44 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

Why?

Because they want that disgusting Obama creature and those given over to him and his god to approve of them, then the MSM will support them and remain silent on any corruptions or hidden sins and they immediately derive additional wealth and power,

Woe to anyone that comes in from the outside and seeks to undo their evil work,


6 posted on 10/01/2020 4:58:38 AM PDT by captmar-vell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

There is a cloud in every silver lining.


7 posted on 10/01/2020 4:58:46 AM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

I remember when Roberts ruled in favor of B.O.care. I was building a water treatment structure on an Indian reservation. My son and I were listening to the radio and heard the news. My son said that Roberts speaks with forked tongue. He’s just another turncoat sumbich.


8 posted on 10/01/2020 4:59:05 AM PDT by HighSierra5
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

John McCain, the “Maverick” of the Senate? No way! Maverick never got shot down.


9 posted on 10/01/2020 5:02:15 AM PDT by TonyM (Score Event)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ouchthatonehurt

You might be right in many cases.
It sure does fit Paul Ryan


10 posted on 10/01/2020 5:13:10 AM PDT by Zathras
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber; All
There is enormous pressure applied by and through the media.

Also, the possibility of extortion is real. It is very one-sided because the Progressive media has been able to define what a scandal is.

Consider the enormous resources available from foreign sources such as China, for purposes of reducing the power of the United States. The easiest way for such powers to influence the U.S. political structures is by supporting Leftists, who tend to agree that the U.S. has too much power. This has been directly documented with the Clintons.

Thus, threats of exposure to Conservatives are very potent, while threats of exposure to Leftists can generally have been laughed at.

The rise of alternate media to the dominant Progressive media has been changing that.

11 posted on 10/01/2020 5:20:33 AM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber
Why? Well,there are all those summer cocktail parties on Martha's Vineyard. Professor Dershowitz has commented that he hasn't been getting as many invitations these days as he once got.
12 posted on 10/01/2020 5:25:05 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

The DC swamp is hard on the children of high profile Conservatives. They work on them first.


13 posted on 10/01/2020 5:26:24 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber
They get involved in the DC social circuit. It is almost necessary since it is where deals are made. It is where friends are made and enemies are held closer. They either assimilate or get rejected.

Republicans need to be more exclusive. I write this in almost a positive way, although what I am about to suggest is very junior high school like and clique-ish. Republicans should have the clique that everyone wants to join. It should be their parties that people want to attend.

Place yourself in the mind of a 14-year old popular girl with her gaggle of friends. (Yes, it is scary there.) They talk, text, and use social media to show off their activities and parties. In a way, it is warped-marketing, nothing the Kardasians wouldn't do. They emphasis glamour, glitter and popularity. They get more likes and have more friends than you do. And guess what, you are not invited. You are not currently good enough and you must prove your worth to be accepted. The popular girls go behind your back and tell stories about you, like the time you killed your dog because you put it on the roof of a car and drove away, or pushed granny over the cliff. If you only proved your worth and did what they want you to do, they would let you be apart of the popular crowd. You need to agree with them and vote with them and they will let you in. But that's not all, to be fully initiated you must attack your unpopular nerdish friends.

One last thing, they never fully accept you until you become one of them - completely. Since we are talking politics, you need to change parties to be fully accepted.

Personally, I think this would work. I know I couldn't do it unless I convinced myself it is part of my job and did it as a pure intellectual exercise. I am a man that has a close family and a few very good long-term friends of high character. I know a lot of people, but I don't even consider them as acquaintances. I don't care about popularity, but I do care that I am loved by those who are close to me.

14 posted on 10/01/2020 5:28:16 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." - George Orwell, 1984)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

Some? To start with, many of them where never conservatives to start. The Romneys—as in Mitt and his wife—expressed surprise that he was steered into his first political run as a Republican (getting name recognition by running for senate against Teddy).


15 posted on 10/01/2020 5:29:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeInPA

That’s apparenly how the perennially losing Libertarian Party thinks of itself.


16 posted on 10/01/2020 5:30:52 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber

I think that it is because they are in D.C. Everyone in that area thinks only one way. Weak people are influenced by what their peers are thinking. They get to D.C. with one mindset and start socializing with the D.C. crowd and gradually they begin to start thinking like them. They begin to get only the D.C. thought process and begin to believe that the entire country agrees with them. The press makes them heroes for coming around and they relish the praise.


17 posted on 10/01/2020 5:35:16 AM PDT by Saveourcountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 9YearLurker
That’s apparenly how the perennially losing Libertarian Party thinks of itself.

But Libertarians are so independent that don't even like each other. When a Libertarian throws a party, he's happy if his cat shows up. That's a success.

18 posted on 10/01/2020 5:35:33 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." - George Orwell, 1984)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: marktwain
Also, the possibility of extortion is real. It is very one-sided because the Progressive media has been able to define what a scandal is.

This is a good point. Nothing could be easier than for a pretty little intern to get a male politician into a compromising situation on behalf of her real bosses. Given that most politicians seem to have the morals of an alley cat, the Epstein maneuver would be as effortless as hot knife into soft butter.

19 posted on 10/01/2020 5:36:08 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady (The greatest wealth is to live content with little. -Plato)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: MtnClimber
Why Do Some Republicans Drift Leftward?

Because they want loving, slobbering attention from the Leftist media. Just think McCain.
20 posted on 10/01/2020 5:36:12 AM PDT by Dan in Wichita
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-52 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson