Showing up on the heels of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, I was surprised to see just how much work they did on their platform for the coming 2010 elections. One was led to believe from the media coverage that this thing was all about Sarah Palin's cliche generator, Herman Cain's cancer treatment, and booing Ron Paul.
Also, it was in New Orleans during the French Quarter Festival. We all know why stuffy types from the hinterlands visit New Orleans, especially stuffy types with a penchant for voyeurism in the local specialty clubs.
Consider me shocked that any work got done.
Even more surprising, I read the report and found myself in agreement with Conservatives on more than a few issues. Not only that, but I was stunned to see them take positions to my left. WTF?
I was especially happy to see them reverse their position on high-speed rail, at least.
This is incredibly different from the Fire-Eating, highly polarizing and divisive politics they seem to portray on television. If they would only reign in their mouthpieces and really sell the policy issues of their "manifesto," they may even start to pick off Southern liberals like me. Why is there such a big difference from what they say and what they do?
Sometimes I just think all the real conservatives are living in a different world, somewhere nearby but far, far away at the same time.
Heh, heh, heh.