Many top Republicans are growing worried that the party’s chances for reversing its electoral routs of 2006 and 2008 are being wounded by the flamboyant rhetoric and angry tone of conservative activists and media personalities, according to interviews with GOP officials and operatives.
Congressional leaders talk in private of being boxed in by commentators such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh — figures who are wildly popular with the conservative base but wildly controversial among other parts of the electorate, and who have proven records of making life miserable for senators and House members critical of their views or influence.
Some of the leading 2012 candidates are described by operatives as grappling with the same tension. The challenge is to tap into the richest source of energy in the party — the disgust of grass-roots conservative activists with President Barack Obama and their hunger for a full-throated attack on his agenda — without coming off to the broader public as cranky and extreme. All the Republicans have to do is become conservative again and they will have nothing to tremble about! We are outraged at what the current administration has done and what they want to do in the future. We are not trembling. The 2010 elections will decide the future of our great land - either we return to the center or become a banana republic. I vote for the center. That was what nobama ran on, but then after we found out what a liar he is, he rapidly moved left and allowed queen Nancy to run roughshod over the Constitution.
We want conservatives in our party and if there are moderates that are offended by Rush and Beck than they should become Democrats