I have had to defend my critical assessment of a Kathleen Parker post-election column sloppily aimed with disdain at social conservatives. Within that debate, even I have been inclined to see what she wrote as part of an internal squabble within the larger conservative Republican movement.
But if Parker’s most recent writing is any indication, it would seem she has no real conservative moorings on fiscal issues, either. You simply have to read it all, as no excerpt sufficiently captures the overtones wrapped insider her ambivalent – and sometimes confused – rhetoric.
I agree with Michael: Many messengers of the conservative movement are stuck on old themes, when a newly-crafted message is what’s needed. However, as Kathleen Parker goes adrift not only belittling people for their strong and sincere religious beliefs but also confusing her economic history and the best understood solutions for our current fiscal mess, she isn’t one of the messengers that can be counted on.
On this last point, most Republicans in Washington, DC, don’t seem to get it; nor does Kathleen Parker. In recent years I’ve read her columns on occasion, but after these past two, even that is hardly worth my time anymore. I prefer good thought-provoking substance from conservatives and even strong writings from liberals to challenge my point of view. But not mush.