The “C” Word

Maybe the word “Conservative” is coming back into style.  Maybe the efforts of grassroots conservative movement is paying off – that’s if the polls are to be believed.  An article in “The Hill” reports –

While the label “Republican” is polling about as low as it’s ever polled, its part-time synonym — “conservative” — is the most popular ideological descriptor in politics.

A Gallup poll this week found that the number of Americans defining themselves as conservative is at its highest point in 20 years, at 40 percent.

That compared to 35 percent saying they are moderate and 21 percent saying they are liberal.

Of course Aaron Blake makes another connection between this and some other seemingly incongruent numbers in the Gallup Poll.  And I think that we can all understand this very well.

A conservative resurgence? Possibly. A boon to the Republican Party? Hardly.

Overlay those numbers with Gallup’s recent finding that 53 percent of voters identify themselves as Democrats or lean that way, while just 39 percent identify as Republicans or lean that way.

There’s something wrong with that picture: 40 percent conservative, versus 39 percent linking themselves with Republicans. It means there are plenty of conservatives out there who are done with the GOP, and independents aren’t replacing them.

On top of all that, even those who still identify with the party are unhappy with it; Gallup found 38 percent of them having an unfavorable opinion of their own party.

It seems a golden opportunity for Republican candidates to start emphasizing the C-word and leaving behind the R-word.

If all of this is true, then it is truly a good thing for conservatives. And maybe it will make the country club GOP power-brokers take notice.  Holding onto power for the sake of power itself is not going to get you very far.  It’s possible that Obama, Pelosi, Reid et al have scared enough people into understanding that conservatism (not Republicanism) is the only antidote to the socialist take-over at hand.