September 8, 2004


Convention Success: I Was Wrong (Paul M. Weyrich, September 07, 2004,

It is hard for this old, hard-bitten political commentator to admit he was wrong, but I must do so. I have been highly critical of the Bush campaign for the primetime line up they initiated for the Republican Convention in New York.

The big tent has people of divergent views. It just seemed to me that people whose views were not compatible with the GOP platform were being put out there front and center whereas the stalwart conservatives were relegated to time slots that only C-SPAN junkies would see. I made my views known in a commentary that was picked up by the New York Times and then, in turn, by lots of other media. [...]

The truth is their line-up worked. The convention was a success. How much of a bounce President Bush will get remains to be seen, but I would be very surprised if it were not several points.

It is a pity that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not pro-life and does not support traditional marriage. If he did take traditional positions on these issues, I surely could support him for the Republican nomination in 2008. His brilliant speech highlighted a toughness that is required in a President these days. And he was not afraid to take the campaign to the opposition.

Even Senator John McCain...

Some time ago the NY Times created a conservative beat, ostensibly to cover the political majority in the country better, or at all, but in reality the stories seem to consist of not much more than myriad assertions that the President is in troiuble with whichever part of his base they're covering that day. It's always been a mystery how a President polling in the 90s with Republicans could have base problems, but maybe this mea culpa from conservative stalwart Paul Weyrich will convince even the Times.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 8, 2004 8:00 PM

Not as long as Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips draw breath on this Earth, bub.

Posted by: John at September 8, 2004 10:49 PM

They aren't Republicans.

Posted by: oj at September 8, 2004 10:55 PM

So long as you never say you're a Democrat, to the Times you're a Republican bellweather of inter-party dissent if you voice the slightest opposition to the party's leadership or directions. That's part of the love for John McCain, though they're feeling a little spurned as of late (and if it wasn't for that pesky 'D" in front of her name in the Senate, the Times would even cite Hillary as a sign of GOP dissatisfaction with conservative positions, because she was a Goldwater Girl four decades ago).

Posted by: John at September 8, 2004 11:35 PM

When the Republican Party made it clear that admirers of Fr. Coughlin and people who equate Hitler and Eisenhower would have to leave, Buchanan realized the jig was up, so he left.

By what definition was a statist Luddite like Philips ever a Republican, other than his belief in making sectarian Catholic doctrine into the law of the land.

Posted by: Bart at September 9, 2004 6:58 AM

>They aren't Republicans.

And bestiality activists aren't Furries, but there is only so much you can do to distance yourself from someone who uses your name and loudly proclaims "I'm One Of Them!"

Posted by: Ken at September 9, 2004 12:49 PM

I think that what may really have impressed Weyrich, and ultimately what made the convention successful, was that the "fake Republicans" actually delivered sound conservative messages in their speeches. The Times notwithstanding, it was a lot more honest than the Democratic lineup, where the stage looked like an Armed Forces recruiting video, while the 95% of the delegates who oppose the war must have been gobbling Prozac to keep from exploding.

Posted by: Dave Sheridan at September 9, 2004 1:25 PM