Originally Posted by ARom
Undoubtedly, misconstrued perceptions. Your recent articles have been so erudite as to virtually exclude misconception.
I actually think it's more of me standing still while the GOP ebbs and flows.
In 1994 and now, it was/is easy to critique the party. When out of power, conservatives are happy to blame incumbents and are comfortable attacking those whom they feel sold out the movement to keep their cushy seats.
In 2004, social issue statists had more power within the GOP. Criticism of that faction was seen by many as being less than a full conservative. Again, my limited government conservatism that fits now and in times like 1994 was out of favor then.
In 2007, the party was on the defensive. They lost Congress, and many conservatives believed Bush was being unfairly maligned by the media. In this atmosphere, any criticism of the party was deemed by some as an unfair attack. This is not the environment for a conservative to call out the party for fidelity to principles.
I'm happy to stand on my principles. If the GOP wishes to shift around me, that's fine, but I won't move with it.