My Personal Beef with the GOP

Although I have devoted most of the 1,200 articles I’ve written over the past decade to deriding Democrats, I wouldn’t want anyone to get the idea that I don’t have my share of problems with Republicans.

I’m not merely referring to the lack of guts they so often display in Congress or the way they let things slide from 2001-2007 when they controlled everything in Washington, D.C., and instead of pushing forward a conservative agenda, spent most of their time trying to cozy up to the likes of Ted Kennedy and proving they could waste our tax dollars nearly as well as liberals.

Speaking of money, on this one occasion, I won’t spend a lot of time chastising wealthy conservatives for blowing their loot trying to promote some mediocrity in the primaries when they should be buying up newspapers and TV stations. It seems pretty obvious that we can’t rely entirely on blogs and talk radio to get our message out.

Instead, I will take this opportunity to complain about my lot as a conservative writer.

To begin with, I have never been able to get any of my articles published or even re-printed in such places as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the NY Post, the Weekly Standard, the National Review or Townhall magazine. What’s more, Townhall has consistently refused to review any of my half dozen books. Adding insult to insult, the Heritage Foundation has never invited me to use its bully pulpit.

As for my books, I have never been able to persuade Regnery or any of the handful of conservative houses to publish even one of them. I did finally receive a commendation from an editor, but the message was that I wasn’t well-known enough for them to consider. In other words, because I neither hosted my own TV or radio show, nor appeared regularly on other people’s, they would have to expend some effort to publicize anything I wrote, so why bother?

To be fair, the brilliant and noble Bernard Goldberg has written the forewords to a couple of my books, but the publishers would only have been interested if he’d written the books and I’d written the forewords.

On the other hand, because the major houses don’t publish my books, Fox has never invited me to be a guest. It’s my own hellish version of Catch 22.

But inasmuch as Fox has left-wingers like Juan Williams, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel, Leslie Marshall, Alan Colmes and, now, Dennis Kucinich, cluttering up their shows, they don’t really have much room left for another conservative.

As some of you know, I devoted months last year to trying to connect with the Romney campaign. I even resorted to sending one of my books to one of Romney’s sons, Matt, in my attempt to be considered for his writing staff. I never heard back from anyone. Now I’m not saying I could have actually helped Romney get elected, but I guarantee he wouldn’t have finished any worse than second.

Another area of frustration is that even though I have interviewed such conservative radio talk show hosts as Dennis Prager, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Joyce Kaufman and Michael Medved, for my books, only Medved has ever invited me on his show.

What’s worse, from my point of view, is that when I have approached the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Steve Hayes, Jim DeMint, Bill Kristol, Ann Coulter, Fred Barnes, Dennis Miller, the Koch brothers, Jan Brewer, Glenn Beck, Mark Steyn, Michelle Malkin, Donald Trump, Ed Feulner, Nikki Haley, Allen West, Reince Priebus, Sarah Palin, and more senators and House members than I have room to mention, requesting an interview, I’ve been royally snubbed. Not even the courtesy of a “thanks for thinking of me” response. You’d have thought I was asking to borrow money.

And although over the years, I have managed to snag the likes of Rick Santorum, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, John Bolton and Gerald Ford, I have never received a single bit of feedback from any GOP luminary. On the other hand, I have received brickbats in the form of angry emails from the staffs of Charles Rangel, the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, and personally from Henry Waxman. So I know there are folks in Washington, D.C., who seem to be hanging on my every word. They just don’t happen to be Republicans.

I don’t expect this will change anything, but I appreciate your letting me vent. I feel a lot better.

Next time, I promise to get back to attacking Obama and his enablers. At least I know they’re paying attention. And, yes, I do expect to be audited by the IRS.

©2013 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write BurtPrelutsky@aol.com.

Author Bio:

Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
Author website: http://www.burtprelutsky.com/
  • Wheels55

    Fox tries so hard to be fair and balanced that they feel they must include windbags like Colmes and Williams. Colmes especially. It’s like his job is to stick up for the liberals by taking as few breaths as possible. Colmes seldom makes a good point.

  • nickshaw

    Don’t feel bad Burt.
    As far as I can tell, Republicans, for the most part, don’t read any conservative blogs or the comments.
    You’ll get your shot.
    Just hang in there.

  • GlenFS

    Burt, it’s what makes you great that makes you poison to establishment of any political brand. You dish it straight. You’re critique does not worry about PC and they all do. What you’re saying needs to be said, and nobody says it as well as you. Keep up the good work.. you know you’re appreciated (if not rewarded).

  • Shane

    Maybe you can get a gig on The Five or on Red Eye as a replacement when Greg Gutfeld is off.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Shane: One of my beefs with the late Andrew Breitbart, whom I knew, was that he personally promoted the heck out of Gutfeld and got him the shot on Fox, but never did anything for me, except allow me to interview him for my book.

      Burt

  • slogin

    Bob Beckel and Colmes are revolting. They belong on MSNBC not Fox. Get rid of them.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      slogin: But they’re not any worse than Geraldo Rivera, Leslie Marshall, Marc Lamont Hill and Juan Williams. They’re breeding like termites over at Fox.

      Burt

  • wally12

    Great article. I thing you nailed it. I also have felt that any words that I send to my representatives are only audited by their staff. I think that they shim the surface of the article that we all write and send a consensus to the representative. At least, I get what I call a standardize or form letter from the republican thanking me and stating his/her general opinion of the issue. It is not that I thing my ideas are worthy but I can dream can’t I? Once in a while I would like to see a statement that I’m all wet and don’t know what I am presenting. I least then I know they actually read my comments. In fact, the lack of response is not limited to only the legislators but also the blog writers. You are the only one I’ve received feed back from and I thank you for it. Keep it up we all appreciate your feedback.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      wally12: I hope some day to get so popular that I can’t possibly reply to everyone, but we’re not quite there yet. Frankly, I don’t know why my colleagues, most of whom don’t get the response I do, feel it’s quite okay to simply ignore their readers. But I have found that with precious few exceptions, conservatives aren’t any nicer or more polite than liberals. The only difference is that their politics are more sensible.

      Burt

      • wally12

        I’ll buy that. Thanks. By the way, the democrat representative I emailed only sent me a email back asking if I wanted to get a tour etc instead of addressing my concerns. I wasn’t looking for feel stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/Ballpeinhammer Braveheart

    Burt you need to be a little more focused like let’s say David Horowitz, but then you would really have to take some heat for what you say and do.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Braveheart: My basic problem with David is that he’s so focused, he’s boring. The fact that he lacks even a smidgin of a sense of humor has always left me feeling he was born to run a gulag. On top of all that, it’s one thing to start out as a Jack Kennedy/Harry Truman Democrat and wind up a Republican. In Horowitz’s case, he started out as a Communist and a devout supporter of the Black Panthers when he was already in his 30s.

      Burt

  • User34603

    Sorry; if your ‘beef with the GOP’ is no more than your lack of an invitation to the talk or TV shows, then your beef is with the networks. I thought your article title suggested that you would describe what about the GOP leadership you resent or find faulty. But you were just venting; so how does that change the GOP or help regular folks who might want to carry the message to elected representatives in congress? For me, a ‘vent’ article is a non-article and belongs in the opinion column.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      User: In case you hadn’t noticed, this is an opinion column. Inasmuch as I have written about 1,200 articles, the huge majority of which have attacked Democrats and/or suggested how the GOP should wage war on them, I don’t know what your problem is. I could have helped Romney by putting words in his mouth that would make people think he was another Reagan rather than a dullard whose most memorable line referred to the 47%. I have also suggested to the GOP that they stop trying to cozy up to liberals in Congress by rubber-stamping nominees like Hagel, Brennan, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Binsberg, when Democrats either make someone like Clarance Thomas crawl through a minefield or simply torpedo them, as they did with Bork and Pickering.

      Happy now?

      Burt

  • Sue

    Bert, I hope you find your way into Fox News. There is definitely a place for you. I, too, get tired of the blind-sighted comments from people like Bob Beckel and Alan Colmes. However, Juan Williams, can wear the shoe on the other foot, when he fills in for Bill O’Reilly. (I assume he gets paid big-time for it. Funny how money helps those on the left think the other way.) And I agree with you about Bernie Goldberg. He is one brave, smart and original thinker. Don’t give up.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Sue–I find Juan Williams inadequate, no matter which seat he’s occupying.
      Bernie is always lucid and honest.

      Burt

  • Drew Page

    Change your name to something that sounds more ‘wasp-ish, like Burton Cheevers. It might buy you more credibility. Prelutsky sounds way too blue collar Polish, which is one of the reasons I read you. It is also one of the reasons, I”m sure, that the establishment types won’t.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Drew: Actually my parents were Russian. I don’t think such names as Ben Shapiro, Bernie Goldberg, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, Mark Levin and Dennis Prager, sound very waspish. Perhaps they find my commentaries too waspish…in the stinging sense of the word.

      Burt

  • Ted Crawford

    Burt, is it possible that you and Thomas Tancredo might find enough common ground to work together ?

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Ted: If I’m not mistaken, Tancredo was another of those who ignored my invitation to be interviewed for one of my books.

      Burt

  • 49corvette

    As Per my previous post— I note O’reilly has already been confronted—I only have one qualm—what in the heck does it take to get “in the loop ” with these people ?—Abraham Lincoln was NOT “On the Outside Lookin’ In “—maybe time to “pick up your marbles and go home”—kidding—my2cents—thanx for reading

  • 49corvette

    Burt , in my book national exposure would be a good thing—you haven’t a thing to lose—contact Bill O’ Reilly—they will put you on the docket I’m fairly sure—if nothing else to conteract Keith Olbermans rant on President Bush about a few years back—pull a few strings—nothing wrong with that— “FOX” possibly could make a regular out of you—America deserves a “no holds barred” attitude these days—My2cents—Thanx For Reading

    • Burt Prelutsky

      49corvette: O’Reilly was one of the people I tried to contact for an interview–and like everyone else at Fox not named Bernie Goldberg, and that includes Roger Ailes–he snubbed me.

      Burt

  • cmacrider

    Burt: If you have grown up on a steady diet of warmed over gruel, it is difficult to appreciate and digest a nice rare steak served with a fine brandy. The GOP establishment actually think that McCain saying we oppose Hegel’s appointment as an absolute disaster for American national security …. but don’t worry … we are only going to do so for two weeks …… is an alternative to Obama.
    Having said that …. keep up the good work.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      cma: Anything is better than Obama.

      Burt

      • cmacrider

        On that we agree … now the GOP has to get on with the job of convincing Americans .. which means they have to start giving people like yourself more credence and a bigger venue within the Party.

        • Burt Prelutsky

          cma: Not that there are other people like me….and aren’t they ever grateful!

          Burt

  • artlouis

    A lot of the people you mention are interested mainly in whether they can make money off you. While they may be compatible with your political leanings, they are not good people. They are megalomaniacs, without a trace of sentiment. Your mistake is in approaching such people at all. Be yourself, which I judge to be something good, based on your contributions here. There is nothing worthwhile to be gained by making an offering of yourself to people who view you as so much fodder.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      artlouis: NOW you tell me!

      Burt

  • Marty

    Your articles are superb. The fact these so called Conservtives won’t connect is further proof they really don’t want to air truth – only a PC narrative. Keep up the great work – we need your voice…

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Marty: Thank you, Marty. Speaking of voices, I have been offered the chance to host an internet talk radio show. Unfortunately, I need to first round up some sponsors. So if you have a product or service to advertise, or if you know someone who does, write to me at BurtPrelutsky@aol.com, and I’ll lay out the details.

      Burt

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7UV3OINWQZ74UUSA463YP5P7OQ Hoop

    Keep up the good fight. One day the ruling elite in GOP-land will realize that people like you and me and the barking dog down the street can do more than Karl Rove and the morons that give him millions.

    • Burt Prelutsky

      Hoop: From your mouth to God’s ear.

      Burt