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The Media's Favorite Fake Republicans

By L. Brent Bozell · Jan. 16, 2013

The Republican Party is desperately in need of some good advice. It needs to return to Ronald Reagan conservatism and give America a two-party system, not a tinny echo of Obama. But our liberal media keep desperately inviting fake Republicans to offer advice to the GOP.

They want to create a new Republican Party, one that rejects the principles of the man who championed freedom.

Exhibit A: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Jan. 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page: “Bloomberg wants change in the GOP.” Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted, “America's most prominent and deep pocketed advocate for gun control would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them.”

What? Republicans are criminals in need of rehabilitation? The analogies get worse. Supporting the Bill of Rights is like supporting … segregation and slavery. Democrats don't like Bloomberg trying to reform Republicans instead of defeat them, reported Horowitz. But “Bloomberg counters that just as Democrats were once the party of slavery and segregation, the pro-gun GOP is now ripe for moderation.”

The new Republican Party is always “ripe for moderation” – overripe to the point of turning moldy and smelly, like a forgotten fruit in the back of your refrigerator.

In the same story, Horowitz quotes Bloomberg as saying, “You have to change the people in the House,” and reports Bloomberg wants to use his new super PAC to run ads against Second Amendment defenders: “This guy or woman is in favor of leaving guns in the hands of crazy people who can kill your kids.”

Please remember this is the same “moderate” Bloomberg who journalists hailed for a “No Labels” campaign for civility in government.

Exhibit B: Colin Powell, who voted for Obama twice, but still insists he's a Reagan Republican. Indeed, since becoming a Republican, all he's done is criticize the GOP. NBC brought him on “Meet the Press” to declare, “If it's just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the Party is in difficulty. I'm a moderate but I'm still a Republican.”

Powell thinks he's a Republican, and the GOP has an “identity problem.” But the “identity problem” is Powell's – voting for Obama is neither Republican nor “moderate.” Today's Republican establishment isn't to the right of Reagan. It is to the left of the man who won one of the largest landslides in history with an unequivocal conservative agenda.

NBC host David Gregory at least suggested to Powell he wasn't very Republican before cuing up his endless 600-plus-word answer. But he offered no challenge as Powell attacked the “dark vein of intolerance” coming from Sarah Palin and other conservatives. Powell lashed into Palin for saying Obama was “shucking and jiving” on Benghazi, but he said nothing about Biden insisting Republicans want blacks “back in chains.” Powell voted for Biden, twice, too.

In the next segment, Gregory turned Powell's indictment on former RNC chairman Haley Barbour: “He talks about a deep vein of intolerance within the Party. How did that sit with you?” Barbour not only failed to defend today's GOP on racism, he repeated that Powell the Obama Voter fits in the Republican “mainstream.” Worse yet, Gregory asked Republican consultant Mike Murphy: “You've had a lot of these similar critiques. Your thoughts about Colin Powell this morning?”

Murphy said he was happy to hear Powell's “still a Republican,” and “I'd invite him to come back home and help us modernize and strengthen the party. We could use him.”

Mike Murphy and his friends in the media are on the very same page: To “modernize” the Republican Party is to put conservatism through a shredder. On NBC back in November, Murphy warned if “we don't modernize conservatism, we can go extinct … We've got to get kind of a party view of America that's not right out of Rush Limbaugh's dream journal.”

By the by, how does one “modernize” principles?

Limbaugh's dream is Reagan's dream. You can't be against Rush and for Reagan.

In 2004, these same TV “news” people denounced Sen. Zell Miller for ripping his former party at the GOP convention. NBC's Andrea Mitchell denounced him for “a red meat speech, in fact a raw meat speech, which in fact misstates a lot of Kerry's record.” On ABC, George Stephanopoulos whined, “Zell Miller was on a tirade. I mean, he was red faced, red meat for the red states.” On MSNBC, both Chris Matthews and David Gergen compared Miller to “axe wielding segregationist” Democrat Lester Maddox.

Our transparently partisan media elite believes only one party should be embarrassed for its alleged extremism. Only one party must moderate or die. The Republicans must always move left. The liberal media is always holding up a plastic cup of “compromise” Kool-Aid and demanding the GOP drink up. Republicans should listen to this advice, knowing the correct response is always to do the opposite.

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16 Comments

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

I would like for someone at one of BloominIdiot's news conference, "are those rather large police officers with you armed." How do you say hypocrite?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

MikeEcho in Orting, WA said:

I did not even have to read your piece before the name Colin Powell came to mind. The press played him like a violin. For all the good he has done in the past, he has been used like a usefull idiot by the leftist/marxist press. It's very unfortunate because he was a good soldier.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA replied:

I am afraid that Powell forgot about being a good soldier and turned into a politician during his last years on acive duty. When he voted for Odumbo the first time it was nothing more than voting for a brother. Voting for him the second time after all the crap he has pulled is nothing more than voting against your supposed principles. If he is a true Republican there is no way he could have voted for Odumbo. Apparently race won out over principle.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades in Western KY replied:

I wonder how Powell could vote for the Usurper after he basically abandoned his men in the field in Benghazi. Likewise, we see the Usurper not only cutting but gutting the military to the bare bones. How do you sleep at night General Powell, knowing your brothers in arms are being done such a disservice?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Katherine in Havre, MT said:

I see old pussy redhead Brent is back with another BS article. I guess if anyone calls themselves a Republican has to tow the lines of you little Teacritters. Hell, Ronald Reagan would not pass your litmus test (the real Ronald Reagan, not your fantasized version of him). Of course, neither would either Bush's, Ford, Nixon, Ike, nor Hoover, but keep it up and keep losing elections. As far as the red headed pussyboy Brent goes, I invite him to work on my ranch - he would not last one day doing real work.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 8:48 AM

sfj in Alabama replied:

I thought a "rancher" would be working by 8:48. Your just another lib BS artist.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

One knows the argument has been won when the only thing the other side has to offer are insults.

Republicans control all three branches of government in twenty-six (26) States and both Houses of the legislature in three others. Those numbers, to me, do not indicate that the Republicans are on their way out anytime soon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Katherine, do some real quick rapid inhalations as fast as you can for just 1 minute to replace the lost air that occupies the space where your brain should reside so your head does not collapse.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Jayve in ABQ, NM replied:

Excellent arguement Katherine. All that was there was pussyboy and teacritters. Deep, deep thinking. You went to a public school didn't you, you sweet little angel. Now get out there and squeeze me some milk and slaughter me up some bacon, little rancher.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:03 AM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS replied:

And Katherine - I am sure you will be HAPPY to relinquish any guns you may have. Heaven forbid you may need to shoot a coyote or someone trespassing on your property. Just call the law, by the time they arrive, you probably only lost a few cows, or your life. No biggie.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Katherine, You treasonous filth wouldn't last a day on my ranch. Keep up the marxist idiocy, and you will find yourself on the wrong end of my defensive weapons idiot. What fantasyland are you living in? You expose your mental delusion.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Peterill in New York, NY replied:

HA HA HA HA HA All of you getting worked up over "Katherine" WHO DOES NOT REALLY EXIST HA HA HA - christ you are stupid!! For sfj (or whoever - does not really matter) - the time stamp on this little teabagger blog is EASTERN TIME. Wow!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

Peterill in New York, NY doesn't really exist either! He is actually a teabagger from where the term originated! Another one working on his back!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

ArmyofOne in MN replied:

Is the Mustang Ranch yours? Working on your back don't count as a real job!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Jim in Western NC replied:

I'm not sure Brent's opinion makes him a "pussy" anymore than your make-believe ranch (have you even visited Montana) makes you a rancher.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

It's pretty obvious who the real pussy is in this debate. She's obviously trying to prove what a man she is.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM