Token conservative

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The term token conservative describes the lip service paid by the mainstream, liberal media to so-called fairness. The typical offering from the mainstream media is a single moderate, so-called conservative speaker, reporter, columnist among hundreds of fellow liberal employees. This person's view is almost exclusively "New World" moderate and they would most likely find more in common with their liberal counterparts than with their own conservative base. On occasion, a single true conservative such as Bill Kristol finds employment with the mainstream media, but it never lasts because of their commitment to real conservative viewpoints. The liberal media demands that they hire their brand of conservative- one that will attack other conservatives.

Token Conservative Views

On the Senate floor, socialist Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid gave Brooks accolades for denouncing Republicans as 'not normal'. [1]

According to the New York Times, Douthat’s writing “steers away from partisanship — he frequently criticizes Republicans — or doctrine." Douthat said "‘I’m sort of a squishy pro-lifer,’ interested in finding areas of compromise."

"What is irrational is the failure of conservatives and Republicans to perceive the divergence between Fox’s interests and their own." [2]

Rush Limbaugh Is "A Walking Stereotype Of Self-Indulgence" [3]

Speaking about Palin, “This is a woman who has got into a position of leadership by sending very powerful sexual signals,” Frum told reporter Judy Woodruff. “And we see that in the way that men like her much more than women do.”

" conservative the Republican Party's become, they've got it backwards. We have not been conservative as a party, we've been radical." [4]

Scarborough writes a book titled The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise. To promote the release he visits with many left-leaning media outlets and trashes all well known conservatives; Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and more. [5]

Common Characteristics

Most liberal media conservatives share the following viewpoints;

  • RINO "big tent" inclusive party
  • Lacking principled stances on issues
  • Attack popular conservatives
  • Republicans must compromise or concede on liberal social issues
  • Claim to know what is the best for the Republican party
  • Write books which nobody reads

External Links


  1. Krauthammer on NYT’s David Brooks: ‘He’s not a conservative’, Daily Caller, July 8, 2011
  2. Must We Make It so Easy for Obama?, April 14, 2009
  3. Why Rush is wrong Newsweek, March 7, 2009
  4. Scarborough: Today's GOP is Not Too Conservative It's Too Radical, May 3, 2009
  5. Joe Scarborough Conservative Bashing Book Tour Flops Bigtime, June 20, 2009
  6. On Darwin, evolution and Congress, George Will, Pocono Record, February 8, 2009
  7. Look Who's Turning
  8. Giuliani's Abortion 'Gaffe', Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, May 11, 2007
  9. Phony Theory, False Conflict, Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, November 18, 2005