It’s springtime in Iowa, in the year before a presidential election. What’s that mean? Presidential hopefuls roaming the countryside, wooing voters. The Conservative Principles Conference going on March 26 in Des Moines is no exception.
Taking the podium one after the other, potential candidates vie for attention through shameless pandering and ridiculous sound bites. The Conservative Principles Conference does bring up an interesting question – just what are conservative principles?
Do we look to the newest darling of the wacko right, Michele Bachmann? The Minnesota Congresswoman who is taking up the banner of the incandescent light bulb? Who thinks the 2010 Census was a tool used to locate and target conservatives?
Bachmann has an understanding of economics that led her to say the following gem.
“If we took away the minimum wage – if conceivably it was gone – we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”
C’mon, Michele, even China has a minimum wage! Are you saying we can beat the Chinese economically by undercutting their labor costs?
What about Rick Santorum, who had to cancel his spot ant the Conservative Principles Conference but is a likely candidate. Remember his his bizarre “man on dog” interview?
“ I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts.” Santorum said in that interview. He also thinks there is no right to privacy for consenting adults “It all comes from, I would argue, this right to privacy that doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution, this right that was created,”
Perhaps Newt Gingrich, the man famous for telling his wife he was leaving her at her hospital bed, and having an affair while leading the charge against President Clinton over Monica Lewinsky.
Does the Conservative Principles Conference include petty, snide payback that shuts down the government? Gingrich admitted his feelings were hurt when he was given what he saw as a bad seat assignment on Air Force One, and what he saw as a snub played a part in his decision to shut down the government as Speaker of the House.
So, what are the conservative principles? Can other speakers at the Conservative Principles Conference outdo Bachmann, Santorum, and Gingrich? Or will Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, or another conservative stalwart show us what it means to be a principled conservative?