Liz Mair published answers to frequently asked questions and frequent accusations about her politics. I found her list to be very illustrative regarding what many of us have described as the so-called cuckservative phenomenon. For sake of discussion, I’ve reproduced portions of her post in the form of answers to a membership checklist for cuckservatives.
1. Do you have dual citizenship?
Yes. “I am American. I am also British.”
2. Do you support illegal immigrant amnesty?
Yes. “Unless we’re talking gang members or people involved in major financial crimes or sex criminals, no, I’m actually basically for amnesty. I’ll even use the word, unlike a lot of people.”
3. Are you anti-racist, except for white Europeans.
Yes. “I am not a fan of Belgium and have met very few Belgians I like. I have a bias against Belgium and Belgians. But I do like people of Latino, African and Asian extraction, as well as White people — except if they’re from Belgium.”
4. Do you support gay rights? What about marriage?
Yes. “I’m actually a long-time gay rights supporter. I am on the board of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. I was on the board of GOProud. I’ve been on the record as supporting same-sex marriage for far longer than the vast majority of Democrats or liberals.”
[See below for gay marriage.]
5. Do you support health care reform, but reserve good healthcare for yourself?
Yes. “…look at John McCain’s health care plan from 2008. Hell, look at Obama’s. You know what’s interesting? Obamacare isn’t what Obama proposed. It’s what Hillary Clinton proposed. If Obama had pursued what he ran on, it would have been better.
Also look at various health care proposals from people like Rudy Giuliani, Tom Coburn and, yes, Paul Ryan (on the Medicare reform front; there’s merit to getting everyone in the country into one system, as opposed to keeping people in something more akin to 3 or 4 systems).”
“…the NHS was my primary source of health care for many, many years. One of the reasons I returned to the US was to get into a better health care system than the NHS. The NHS provides universal, fairly crappy care for free for many people, and at a higher cost than (IMO) is warranted for a number of people who don’t use it much, but pay for it through their taxes.”
6. Is it important for conservative Republican candidates to win elections?
No. “…first of all, I’ve advised winning candidates and parties as well as losing ones, both in the US and abroad. I consulted for the GOP in 2010. I’ve advised foreign parties and individuals who have won elections. I worked for Scott Walker in his recall election in 2012. I’ve also worked for losing candidates and parties and organizations (Carly Fiorina is the one who is usually mentioned). And I’ve worked for people who aren’t up for (re-) election who are generally regarded as pretty successful.
My general attitude where working on campaigns is concerned is that I’ve got to really like and believe in the person, and that their odds of winning aren’t really things I consider relevant when deciding whether I like them and want to work for them. Most consultants want to work only for winners, even if they are wet farts of human beings who frankly no one should be inspired by or want to vote for. So, some of them have more winning records than me. But they also work for wet farts of human beings, so there’s that.
The vast majority of my work isn’t for candidates, committees, parties, etc., though. It’s on issues.”
7. Are you pro-life, but only if there are several reasonable exceptions?
Yes. “I’m pro-gay-marriage and I’m also pro-choice, though I have some very major moral objections to abortion in most circumstances and would never have an abortion myself.”
“I do think abortion should remain legal in the first trimester, or where the mother’s life is in jeopardy. I don’t think abortion should be allowed on sex-selective or disability-selective grounds, although I also don’t think legislation can stop this entirely, only discourage it. ..I think there are huge moral problems with abortion, and that people should abort far, far less. And I would never have an abortion. Above all, I think the best ways to curtail abortion are a) for more people to use better birth control, and more consistently and b) for a cultural case to be made against it, as opposed to seeking to use the strong arm of government to stop it. I’m a skeptic of the effectiveness of big government, and that’s true whether we’re talking health insurance policy or abortion.”
8. Are you pro-adoption whenever you discuss abortion?
Yes. “I don’t think abortion should be allowed on sex-selective or disability-selective grounds, although I also don’t think legislation can stop this entirely, only discourage it. I also think people should look at adoption a lot more than they currently do.”
9. To cover for your apparent homosexuality, do you have a beard?
Yes. “I get that some people think any woman with short hair is a lesbian. I’m actually married to the guy I’ve been with since I was 18 and we have a kid. And yes, my husband was born a man with all the relevant bits, and still lives as a man with all the relevant bits.”
10. Do you dislike and have reservations about conservative Christian politicians?
Yes. “I like a lot of social conservatives. But I am not a fan of Rick Santorum, or his influence on the GOP. Mike Huckabee is somewhat better insofar as I think he’s actually at root a nice guy who cares about people and isn’t just bitter and pissed off all the time, but I obviously disagree with him on some stuff.”
11. If you are a RINO, will you reference Rand Paul as a political fig leaf for your moderate politics?
Yes. “I have worked for, and like, a lot of more moderate Republicans. And I am a social liberal, and a big softie on immigration. So, yes, kinda, but …
“I have also worked for Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Scott Walker, and I like all of them albeit for slightly different reasons. I am very, very conservative on economic policy.”
12. Do you give lip-service to gun ownership rights?
Yes. “I am also extremely pro-2nd amendment.”
13. Are you a lawyercunt and poseur?
Yes. “I’m pretty bad at math, but for what it’s worth, I have an MA from the University of St. Andrews, and an English law degree, and I used to be a corporate lawyer. I also speak four languages, albeit three of them increasingly badly.”