“Purity in martyrdom is for suicide bombers. King Pyrrhus is remembered, but his nation disappeared. Winston Churchill set aside his lifetime loathing of Communism in order to fight World War II. Challenged as a hypocrite, he said that when the safety of Britain was at stake, his ‘conscience became a good girl.’ We are at such a moment. I for one have no interest in standing in the wreckage of our Republic saying ‘I told you so’ or ‘You should’ve done it my way.’
“We must be the vanguard of recovery, but we cannot do it alone. We have learned in Indiana, big change requires big majorities. We will need people who never tune in to Rush or Glenn or Laura or Sean. Who surf past C-SPAN to get to SportsCenter. Who, if they’d ever heard of CPAC, would assume it was a cruise ship accessory.”
“Haley Barbour is warning the GOP to not get too hung up on finding a perfect candidate, saying that ‘unity’ over ‘purity’ will beat Obama in 2012.
“The Mississippi governor has joined Mitch Daniels in suggesting that a truce on social issues would do the Republicans well at the ballot box – and seemed to argue that point during an interview at CPAC with Human Events posted on Monday.
“‘We need to all work together,’ Barbour said. ‘Unity is what we need to help us win. Purity is not a winner in politics.'”
“‘You don’t diss the people who are already audiences of those shows — you don’t say that they’re irrelevant or unnecessary,’ Limbaugh said on his show Monday afternoon when asked about Daniels’ comments. ‘Who won elections for your party year after year after year?’…
“‘The Republican Party establishment group is really not thrilled with talk radio, they’re not thrilled with the tea party — they don’t like it, they’re trying to find ways around it,’ he said.
“‘I don’t think that we can only win by watering ourselves down and diluting ourselves,’ Limbaugh said, adding that he thinks Daniels does. ‘He has this overriding notion that conservatism is not enough to win. That bothers me, because clearly it is.'”
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