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My Personal Beef With the GOP

By Burt Prelutsky · Jan. 31, 2013

Although I have devoted most of the 1,200 articles I've written over the past decade to deriding Democrats, I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that I don't have my share of problems with Republicans.

I'm not merely referring to the lack of guts they so often display in Congress or the way they let things slide from 2001-2007 when they controlled everything in Washington, D.C., and instead of pushing forward a conservative agenda, spent most of their time trying to cozy up to the likes of Ted Kennedy and proving they could waste our tax dollars nearly as well as liberals.

Speaking of money, on this one occasion, I won't spend a lot of time chastising wealthy conservatives for blowing their loot trying to promote some mediocrity in the primaries when they should be buying up newspapers and TV stations. It seems pretty obvious that we can't rely entirely on blogs and talk radio to get our message out.

Instead, I will take this opportunity to complain about my lot as a conservative writer.

To begin with, I have never been able to get any of my articles published or even re-printed in such places as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the NY Post, the Weekly Standard, the National Review or Townhall magazine. What's more, Townhall has consistently refused to review any of my half dozen books. Adding insult to insult, the Heritage Foundation has never invited me to use its bully pulpit.

As for my books, I have never been able to persuade Regnery or any of the handful of conservative houses to publish even one of them. I did finally receive a commendation from an editor, but the message was that I wasn't well-known enough for them to consider. In other words, because I neither hosted my own TV or radio show, nor appeared regularly on other people's, they would have to expend some effort to publicize anything I wrote, so why bother?

To be fair, the brilliant and noble Bernard Goldberg has written the forewords to a couple of my books, but the publishers would only have been interested if he'd written the books and I'd written the forewords.

On the other hand, because the major houses don't publish my books, Fox has never invited me to be a guest. It's my own hellish version of Catch 22.

But inasmuch as Fox has left-wingers like Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel, Leslie Marshall, Alan Colmes and, now, Dennis Kucinich, cluttering up their shows, they don't really have much room left for another conservative.

As some of you know, I devoted months last year to trying to connect with the Romney campaign. I even resorted to sending one of my books to one of Romney's sons, Matt, in my attempt to be considered for his writing staff. I never heard back from anyone. Now I'm not saying I could have actually helped Romney get elected, but I guarantee he wouldn't have finished any worse than second.

Another area of frustration is that even though I have interviewed such conservative radio talk show hosts as Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Joyce Kaufman and Michael Medved, for my books, only Medved has ever invited me on his show.

What's worse, from my point of view, is that when I have approached the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Steve Hayes, Jim DeMint, Bill Kristol, Ann Coulter, Fred Barnes, Dennis Miller, the Koch brothers, Jan Brewer, Glenn Beck, Mark Steyn, Michelle Malkin, Donald Trump, Ed Feulner, Nikki Haley, Allen West, Reince Priebus, Sarah Palin, and more senators and House members than I have room to mention, requesting an interview, I've been royally snubbed. Not even the courtesy of a “thanks for thinking of me” response. You'd have thought I was asking to borrow money.

And although over the years, I have managed to snag the likes of Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, John Bolton and Gerald Ford, I have never received a single bit of feedback from any GOP luminary. On the other hand, I have received brickbats in the form of angry emails from the staffs of Charles Rangel, the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and personally from Henry Waxman. So I know there are folks in Washington, D.C., who seem to be hanging on my every word. They just don't happen to be Republicans.

I don't expect this will change anything, but I appreciate your letting me vent. I feel a lot better.

Next time, I promise to get back to attacking Obama and his enablers. At least I know they're paying attention. And, yes, I do expect to be audited by the IRS.

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61 Comments

WTD in AZ said:

That's alright, Burt. We love you. It's just that those other folks aren't gifted with sense of appreciation for your sardonic humor.
If the Romney campaign people had listened to you and Mark Alexander it probably would have brought that missing 2 mil voters back into the fight.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:39 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

WTD: You may well be right. Alas, we'll never know.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Cowboy in San Antonio said:

Burt- It is because you speak the unadorned truth, and speak it rather plainly. You do not mince words, nor do you call a spade a "soil moving device" so as not to hurt its feelings. I am a writer, and have gotten paid for somewhere around five million words. Trouble is, I was on salary at a few dollars each week for several years. No royalties. I have written one very good book, 456 pages worth, that is a fun read and based on real events in the world of drug smuggling. I have edited two or three other books that I cannot get even read by agents. Quite clearly, the only way to get published these days is to write a bunch of hogwild filth and perversion, or to have a "sexy" name and rep already, meaning that you have to be somewhat infamous to get a book published these days. All of the well written books I have read in the past several years were all self published, quite clearly indicating that the publishers are not interested in quality, or excellent writing, but only want a guarantee of sales numbers. Finally, I cannot stand arrogance by anyone, no matter how famous they have become. Though some of our conservative pundits and columnists will call the cards as they are, too many are like John Boehner, willing to compromise when there is no call or reason to do so. I suppose I must give some of those well known writers the benefit of the doubt, and conclude that they are simply too busy for the common folk. Or it could be racism. Oh, I forgot, that charge is only available to blacks with permanent chips on their shoulders.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Bo: Personally, I blame George W. Bush.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

M Rick Timms MD in Georgia said:

Dammit Burt that ain't right! Makes me mad too! I can tell you that they don't know what they are missing. Or maybe they do and that's why they don't want to give you too much air. Next thing they know, you'll have their spot and they'll be trying get your attention.

The country would be a lot better off if more folks read your work. Keep it up and I promise I 'll do my part!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Dr. Timm: I don't really think they're worried that I'll be invited to replace them, although that is my wife's theory. You're already doing your part just by reading me regularly.

Regards, Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Burt, They don't want anything to do with you because they know you won't whitewash whatever issue you are writing about. It seems even the so-called conservatives can't handle the truth anymore. Keep giving them hell!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Wayne: Well, as Harry Truman once famously said, I don't give them hell....I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Cooneye in North Carolina replied:

As another "stir the puddin" commentator by the name of Neal Boortz wrote: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad." I just do not understand why all the conservative mainstream media backs away from "the truth." Well, actually I do understand...They are fearful of reprisals from the FCC and other Government entities that can make their existance miserable.

Keep trucking Burt as you have a very patriotic and understanding audience here. I first read your columns on Townhall (not the magazine) and after that ended tracked you to here. I ask you not to conform your principals of telling it like it is just to have some journalistic pseudo noteriety.

I remain the: Cooneye from NC .

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

TruthInAction in TX said:

You still have your soul.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Truth: I do, indeed.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

MaggieD in Jacksonville, NC said:

Burt – I’ve been reading your commentary since I ‘discovered’ you and The Patriot Post about a year ago. You help me make it through the week. I love the fact that you respond to reader input and I enjoy the back and forth with your regular ‘commenters’. I was definitely hoping you’d win your $10 bet. I too am very annoyed with the GOP; I now tell people that I’m ‘conservative’ instead of ‘Republican’. This is the first time I’ve commented on an Internet article, because I wanted to let you know that I share you with everyone. I’ve “Liked” your articles numerous times on Facebook and I just ordered your “Conservatives are From Mars…”. When I finish I will buy your other books – because I’m sure I’ll enjoy the read. Thank goodness the one O’Reilly book I read I checked out of the library. It’s not worth having in my collection.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

MaggyD: Thank you for the kind words. They're very much appreciated. Like you, the only book of O'Reilly's that I've read came from my neighborhood library. It was the one with "Bold" and "Fresh" in its title. It was a total waste of time.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Buffalo Pete in Virginia said:

Burt, I enjoy your articles and read them when they come out on the PatriotPost. Keep up the good work! Those others who don't want to pay attention... just remember you can't fix stupid.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

You're right, Pete, but I can't help myself...I keep trying.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

Vent away, it is likely those who snub you are afraid of your superior intellect. The primodonas don't like or want to be upstaged. If FOX News had any sense, they would replace that blowhard O'Reily of the Factor with the esteemed Burt Prelutsky, that would be great television, and I would bet you would never have on Alan Colmbs. Best wishes should you be audited, more government money wasted, they will find nothing, and maybe that black cloud will have a silver lining, and get you a refund you didn't know you had coming!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

wjm: As you might know, I record everything I watch on TV so that I can fast-forward through the commercials. But when it comes to The Factor, I generally fast-forward through at least half of its 60 minutes. The best show on Fox is Bret Baier's Special Report. I just wish they would flip time slots with O'Reilly's so that Bret Baier's show would be the highest rated show on the network, as it deserves to be.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

Burt, I share your articles with as many people as I can! I love your commentary, and like most who respond to your articles, love your responses. Keep up the geat work! Those of us in the trenches appreciate you and your views!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Ready: Thank you for your support. You might suggest to your friends that they buy my books.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Burt, if you would move to Texas, you would have a wide and interested reading audience. A conservative in California...who's there that reads your stuff? I suggest you apply to be Rick Perry's speechwriter and spokesperson. Lord knows he needs it. And we Texans would appreciate it.

And Fox News? More liberal every day, to this conservative's observations.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tex: Thank you for the invitation. God knows Texas has a lot to recommend it, but my wife would prefer to stay put. Besides, the good thing about being a writer is that I don't have to be in Texas in order to be read in Texas. As for California, it seems that I have more fans out here than one would suspect. At my own site, BurtPrelutsky.com, I request donations from my readers. I am frankly amazed to have received far more donations from far more California readers than from any other state. Texas is a distant second.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Bert,
I read and agree with most you write about, but your crying about your lack of celebrity status is unbecoming. This essay is on par with me crying because you never comment on any of my comment of your written opinion in the Patriot Post. I guess my quest for recognition by you will fall by the wayside of history whaaaaa!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Anton: Perhaps I don't comment on your posts because you misspell my name.

I am glad that most of the comments understand that it's not celebrity status, but recognition from those I have supported through over 1,200 articles and several books.

Last year, as you may or may not recall, I wrote several articles in which I suggested that the major difference between Romney and Reagan is that Reagan had better writers. Even 25 years after he left office, many of Reagan's lines remain memorable, whereas a mere three months after the election, all that anyone seems to recall of Romney's year-long campaign is a reference to the "47%." If I had been better-known, I can assure you that Romney would have invited me into his inner circle and I might have been able to help him defeat the worst menace who has ever been elected president.

Now I've commented on one of your comments. Happy now?

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

BURT,
I now have had my 15 seconds of fame. All BS, aside as far as an opinion writer goes you are without a doubt in my top 5. We share many of the same views.
P.S. sorry about my misspelling your name, misspelt words is not unusual for me.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Anton: Apology accepted. Now we can move on. By the way, who are those other four?

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Walter E Williams, John Stossel, Thomas Sowell, Michelle Malkin.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

This poor old white boy also is an NRA member and the publisher and editor of a site* I created in 2009 when I was angry enough to get off my ass and organize the July 4th Tea Party Rally in Olympia WA at the State Capitol
*patriotmarch.us I have not updated the site since 2009 but what is there applies equally today

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thanks, Anton, for satisfying my curiosity.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

You are welcome

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Tony in Texas said:

Burt, keep up the good work. The US was never intended to be one consolidated nation (now a empire). If your not fitting in, take it as your staying the course originally intented back in the 1700's.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Tony: I'm not sure what you're referring to. I believe that the Founding Fathers intended ours to be a consolidated nation, but not, perhaps, at the cost of the 700,000 lives lost in Lincoln's war.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Jim in Alabama replied:

As a (Recovering) Yankee now living in in Sweet Home Alabama, the Civil War, seen as The War of Northern Aggression, has been a huge eye opener.
One of the American Thinker articles today made note of the fact that questions of secession were resolved by war, but never given a full hearing before the Court. Maybe that's where it should start this time.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

septuagenarian in Canada said:

Burt...As a fellow writer it's been my experience that people in general do not like the unvarnished truth unless it is disguised or obscured by a bit of whitewash. Your main trouble (and mine too) is that we have never learned how to apply whitewash. Like you, I have been judged to be too opinionated by the powers that be. I have come to the conclusion that I am no more opinionated than anyone else...I simply have enough courage of my convictions to state them publicly, in writing. I also wrote a book that I could not get a mainstream publisher or agent to look at because I was not well known. I found a small publisher willing to take on my book IF I wrote 2 more for him over the next 5 years. I declined that offer and instead decided on a POD publisher. That way there's no stacks of unsold books and the book is still available on all the online book stores. It's a novel titled All Kinds of Heroes and is about an act of cyber terrorism that shuts down all electrical and communication systems across North America in the dead of winter. I think it is probably still available as an ebook from the publisher for about 5 bucks. Not trying to sell books here, just wanting to make a point. I've never had any desire to be rich and famous. I've just always had something to say and the desire to be heard. And Burt, I think that's one thing we have in common in addition to thinking that the Obamas are the worst thing that ever could have happened to the best country the world has ever known.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Carol: Frankly, I always figured that humor would serve as my whitewash or smokescreen. Instead, it seems to fool a lot of people into thinking that I'm not as serious in my beliefs as those pundits whose prose is as dry as dust and twice as unreadable.

I would only disagree with your conclusion. I do not believe that Obama, as awful as he is in every way, is the worst thing that could ever have happened. What's worse is that America now has a population that could, in spite of his four year record, re-elect him. Obama, after all, will be gone in four years, but the 51% who voted for him last November will still be around.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM

jksisco in irvine, ca said:

I always know where I can get some honest words and some conservative ideals, it's right here on your blog. Thank you for what you write, you are an American treasure.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

jksisco: Thank you for being a faithful reader.

Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM

NormalGuyAZ in Surprise, AZ replied:

Well said. Burt is a National Treasure.

Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:21 AM

ScottM in AZ said:

Burt,
The "mainstreams" may not like you, but I sure do! Yours are the only columns I read consistently, both for your writing, and because the comments are usually so interesting. Much respect to you for interacting with your readers, something I have not seen from any other writer on the Post. I'm glad I discovered you last year, you Sir, are a national treasure!
Regards,
Scott

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA replied:

Thank you, Scott. Some days I feel guilty because I'm so busy and there are so many comments that I find I just haven't the time to respond to as many as I'd like.

Regards, Burt

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM