Years ago, talk show host, Michael Savage, wrote a book called “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder.” While I don’t entirely disagree with his premise, I’m beginning to think it is more of an infectious disease and that conservatives are falling victim to the disorder as well, though maybe displaying slightly different symptoms.
Every election, conservatives, and in particular, Republicans, will put up several candidates who for the most part could be considered outstanding conservatives, yet, who gets elected? The person who is about as close to the liberal side of the fence that you can get.
Let’s take a look a three specific elections that will exemplify what I’m saying the best:
The 2006 Illinois Republican Primary: You had Jim Oberweis, Bill Brady, Judy Barr-Topinks, Ron Gidwidtz, and Andy Martin. The order of conservatism from most to least (in my opinion) was Bill Brady, Jim Oberweis, Ron Gidwidtz, Andy Martin, and then Judy Barr-Topinka. Now doubt, Topinka was the worse and yet she was the one elected. In fact, I believe she was actually more liberal than Blagojevich and you know where he is right now.The 2012 Republican Presidential Primary: While there were almost 20 candidates at some point or another, you had Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Huntsman, Paul, Perry, Romney, Santorum. While I’m not going to try to discuss the order of conservatism among these.) , suffice to say, “It wasn’t the most conservative that got elected.” In fact, in my opinion, the worst of them all got elected.The 2014 Illinois Republican Primary: You had Bill Brady (for the 3rd time), Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. While there was certainly some competition for who was the most liberal, Rauner won the primary.
While there were certainly others, these are probably the most in your face examples. Now here’s the deal… Every time the most (or almost most) liberal candidate gets elected by the “conservative” party, there’s the same old song and dance: