“The left is winning the fight on the right.”
Fox News correspondent and conservative talk radio personality Guy Benson held nothing back in his blunt response on the first panel of the WCS 2014.
Prominent journalist Katie Pavlich, editor-at-large at Hot Air and editor at Townhall Magazine Mary Katherine Ham, as well as call screener, producer, and executive for syndicate Rush Limbaugh’s radio talk show James Golden joined Benson on the panel.
“Are we hurting ourselves more than we are hurting the enemy?” asked Andrews.
Katie Pavilich highlighted one of the Summit’s most fundamental themes: unity. “We should be able to talk about serious issues without demonizing each other,” she said.
According to Benson, the conservative movement spent $9.3 million less then their liberal counterparts in the most recent 2010 elections. The left spent 90% of their funds on the general elections, while the conservatives spent 74% on primaries alone.
As a party that prizes individuality and independence, it is not wonder many are resistant to playing follow the leader.
Pavlich signified that much of the infighting has stemmed from tension between establishment Republicans and other conservative, grass-roots movements like the Tea Party.
“Many don’t see a difference between big-spending Republicans and big-spending Democrats,” said Pavlich.
Golden echoed her sentiments, saying “Intolerance is winning.” Golden refers to the “historic” 2010 midterms when “Republican leadership ignored the victory that was handed to them and squandered the opportunity.”
To Golden and the rest of those on the panel, the solution lies in unity as a party and a willingness to welcome others.
Mary Katherine Ham, attending the Western Conservative Summit for the fourth consecutive year, warned the room: “The fight with each other can wall us off from the new people we want to speak with.”
She believes conservatives should focus on issues where everyone can come together. Ham calls these “areas in which the left is full of nanny-state, fun-suckers.”
In the final lightning round, John Andrews challenged the panel to answer whether or not times were truly better during the Reagan Revolution.
James Golden, also known by his pseudonym as Bo Snerdly, remarked, “We had a better leader back then. Ronald Reagan did not waver in his convictions, and he believed in the greatness of the American people.”