Drama Drama Drama

by NeW Staff on March 19, 2009 · 0 comments

After reading through all the back and forth between conservative women in the previous posts, I am a bit concerned. First of all, it seems a pity that in a moment where conservatives really need to assess, evaluate and reinforce their base, petty things such as weight are actually diverting energy. Why would someone even need to go there? I suppose in the case of Laura Ingraham it is for entertainment value. I would just have hoped that these "accomplished conservative women" (as Loren referred to them) would be above this sort of cheap shot.

In addition, this controversy makes me wonder what it means to be a “public” member of a party. What I mean is if you are a public figure and you “come out” as a conservative or even as a Republican, you’re up for a whole lot of scrutiny. Apparently, the criticisms come not only from liberals but perhaps even more strongly from other conservatives. On one hand this is good. We've seen many times how "moderates" parading about as "compassionate conservatives" have inhibited the real interests of the Right. It is very important to understand and adhere to the ideology of your constituents, as to represent them well. How intensely does this extend to public figures, such as Megan McCain, whom no one voted to represent them? The values of a specific party are important, but one doesn't want to blindly follow the dogma of the party. When you announce yourself as a member of a certain party, how much room is there to publicly criticize it?

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