As Allen West and other Tea Party conservatives head into Congress, the GOP establishment visibly squirms.
At the same time, talking heads all over the op-ed pages, cable news networks and blogosphere are choosing up sides in a big tug-of-war going on between “fiscal conservatives” and “social conservatives.”
This infighting has been bothering those of us who see conservatism as an organic whole.
Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) got it right when he “rejected the notion that House Republicans should keep [their] focus on economic issues at the expense of social issues.”
“People are always saying, ‘should it be spending or social issues?’ How about both?” Pence said. “How about, let’s deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America? That would save $350 million right off the top. I have to tell you as I travel around the country, the American people — millions of Americans, more every day — are offended that the largest abortion provider in America is also the largest recipient of federal funding under Title 10.”
I think I like this Pence guy.
Of course, you’ve no doubt heard the rumors that he might run for president.
And in ordinary times, he might make a perfectly decent president.
But these are not ordinary times.