Over at Pajamasmedia, John Hawkins, the producer of ConservativeGrapevine and RightWingNews, has his column about Rush's CPAC speech in which he draws a nice, concise contrast between liberals' solution to problems and those of conservatives. Go give it a read. Here's an exerpt...
The reality is that conservatives have better ideas than liberals in every area. We want clean air, water, and soil, but oppose budget-busting environmental extremism to achieve these goals. We want quality education, but support shifting the power and the money from the federal government and the teachers’ unions to the states and the parents. We want to cut the cost of health care via tax credits and giving consumers more choice in health care. We want achieve real energy independence not through investing billions in pie-in-the-sky solar and windmill technology, but by investing in shale oil drilling that could actually allow America to become the world’s biggest oil exporter in 15 years.
Conservatives have better solutions than either the left or the moderates in our own party can come up with — ready to go, ready to improve the lives of Americans — but very few people on the right are promoting those ideas.
One of the points I took away is that the republican party needs to field a candidate who makes these distinctions in clear, easy-to-understand terms like this, rather than in lofty, over-written, political oratory that puts everybody to sleep. Obama seduced everybody with tools other than pure socialism. His speeches for the most part, sounded like regular, every day conversataion, not grandiose, political pholosophy that people have to stop and think about. This paragraph by John sounds like to me what our candidates should sound like on the campaign trail. Of course Obama had the drooling, subservient media on his side. No matter how common-sense and regular-guy the republican candidate is, he'll get the tough grilling that Obama deserved, but was spared. That makes it easier said than done but, still.