A View from the Side Lines


  1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
  2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.
  3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.


  1. One favoring traditional views and values.
  2. A supporter of political conservatism.


  1. Arising from or going to a root or source;
  2. Departing markedly from the usual or customary;
  3. Favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions


  1. One who advocates fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions: radicals seeking to overthrow the social order.

Harry Reid: “The nomination of Judge Alito requires an especially long, hard look by the Senate because of what happened last week to Harriet Miers. Conservative activists forced Miers to withdraw from consideration for this same Supreme Court seat because she was not radical enough for them. Now the Senate needs to find out if the man replacing Miers is too radical for the American people.”

Technically speaking, isn’t a “radical conservative” an oxymoron? Didn’t Reid probably mean “militant” or something?

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  • No, Reid is the oxymoron. Ooops! Did I just leave that comment?

  • Speaking as one who probably could not be classified as a political conservative, I have to say that the Democrats are exceedingly annoying when they go on and on about how conservative candidates are too far-right for the American people, etc. Nice try. And this explains the current conservative swing of the whole country how?

    When Democrats say these things, what they mean is: “The Candidate is too far right for us”. This is a particularly silly criticism since it reduces to: The candidate nominated by our opponents is favord by our opponents and not by us. Duh.

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