Oh my. Pat Buchanan apparently isn’t too happy with the Republican Party for putting their “Pledge to America” out there and taking away from all of that “Tea Party” anger they were riding by heaven forbid, letting people know what their ideas are.
On this weekend’s edition of The McLaughlin Group, host John McLaughlin reads some of the pledge to his panel and asks “What is the reaction of rank and file Republicans to the pledge.”
Of course Republican hack Monica Crowley thinks it’s just wonderful, a “great start” and thinks it’s just fine that it’s rather vague because Republicans “want to win in November.” So I guess even Crowley thinks that giving too many specifics might not play too well for them.
Eleanor Clift points out that the pledge is “full of platitudes” and that it’s an effort to try to co-opt the “Tea Party”, a.k.a. the right wing of the Republican base and notes that the Republicans really don’t want to run on some of what these extreme right wing candidates of theirs are peddling.
Buchanan calls the pledge “disastrous” and explains why.
The Republican Party had tremendous momentum going forward so they interrupt it and they put this thing out. The very conservatives said this is a pile of mush. The Democrats said you’re going back to the Bush policies. They attacked it. And folks like me who were saying the party is really rolling along—why did you stop and interrupt this?
In addition John do you know they put it on the air at the same time Obama was giving a speech so that even on cable, nobody saw this event.
Eleanor Clift pointed out that after his carping about it that might be a good thing if Buchanan was hoping no one was going to pay attention to it. I must say I find it tremendously amusing to hear a Republican say out loud that they should not let the public know what any of their ideas are before a mid-term election.