Conservatism Is A Racket. Just Ask Dick Morris

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    As Republicans continue to try to make sense of their recent election losses, the finger pointing is becoming more intense.

    In recent days, prominent conservatives Bill Kristol and Joe Scarborough have leveled a new allegation: Major players have allowed their pursuit of personal wealth (and ego) to take precedence over larger political goals; that elements of the conservative movement resemble a me-first, moneymaking "racket," where lining ones pockets stands out as the key objective.

    The nasty "racket" accusation highlights what's happened as Republicans have handed over more and more of their branding and marketing to media personalities whose ultimate barometers of success (ratings and personal income) differ from those who run political parties (getting candidates elected to office).

    In the business of media self-promotion, and particularly the carnival barker variety that powers so much of the conservative movement via Fox News and AM talk radio, it's inevitable that the goals of the "conservative entertainment complex," as writer David Frum dubbed it, would collide with the retail politics of the Republican Party. (Frum has charged the complex with having "fleeced and "exploited" its followers.)

    Eric Boehlert: Is Conservative Media One Big 'Racket'? (Ask Dick Morris)
     
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    Remember when Glenn Beck charged fans $125 to sit through the taping of his radio show? Or when he charged $500 if they wanted to attend a meet-and-greet before the show? And that was after Beck banked $32 million the previous year. More recently, conservative pundits and outlets have rushed to cash in on election spending by renting their emails lists, while Fox News' Karl Rove lightened wealthy donors' bankrolls by $300 million via his failed political groups.

    It's conservatism as an ATM.

    The "racket" implication also extends beyond the media world and into the Tea Party, which Fox has faithfully touted as a "grassroots" movement. That feel-good characterization was hard to square with the recent revelation that former GOP House Majority Leader Dick Armey stepped down as chairman of FreedomWorks, an influential Tea Party non-profit group, with a staggering $8 million golden parachute. (He will reportedly be paid in $400,000 installments, annually, in "consulting fees.")

    Republicans rarely begrudge millionaires for big paydays. (It's the free marketplace!) But if they think cashing in has trumped winning elections, GOP pushback is inevitable.

    Eric Boehlert: Is Conservative Media One Big 'Racket'? (Ask Dick Morris)
     
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    Only problem with this article is that the Republicans are still playing the blame game and not taking any responsibility for their messaging, they attack several different voting blocks time and time again and for some reason they refuse to see this as ONE of their biggest problem.
     
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    but I've noticed that some threads may get looked...but definitely no response and particular for the "usual suspects" whom usually have plenty to say.

    So is this one of those threads that acts like Raid to the roaches.....:D
     
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    OH BOY

    Lahkotas second cousin

    this one talks to themselves the same way:eusa_shifty:
     
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