Skip to comments.Adamo: Does GOP Establishment Stupidity Have Any Limits?
Posted on 03/23/2013 6:23:40 AM PDT by IbJensen
Once again, those moderates of the Republican Party inner circle are exhibiting a determination to obliterate any lingering shred of credibility left in the GOP. Appearing in the shadow of a stellar CPAC 2013 gathering this past weekend, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus outlined the results of an introspective analysis of the partys lapses during the November 2012 elections. Predictably, the advice from the self-anointed experts is to move the party further left in order to persuade its opponents of a general willingness among the party hierarchy to abandon principle in a futile quest for votes.
The venue from which Priebus issued his statement, the National Press Club, reflects the Beltway Insider environment that has wrought nothing but a string of political disasters for Republicans in recent decades. Yet among those who believe that Washington has all the answers, and that the American Heartland is made up of unsophisticated rubes, the reality on Main Street is of little consequence. Experts, the very same experts who gave us Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney as the most electable candidates, now assert that the core principles which have defined the Republican Party are the root cause for its current unpopularity in the public eye. Thus, the marginalization of those principles is the best course for the party as it seeks to resurrect its image in the public eye. Go figure.
Even the make up of the five member panel, which ostensibly analyzed Republicans faltering performance at the ballot box, is tainted by the same old power brokers and their tired and ineffectual approach to politics. Ari Fleischer was formerly a press secretary under George W. Bush. Sally Bradshaw was a Chief of Staff to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Henry Barbour is a nephew of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Does anyone see a pattern here?
In short, the consensus of the panel, after an extensive listening tour, is that the Republican Party needs to pander to the special interests who have been thoroughly co-opted over the years by the Democrats, absurdly hoping that a watered down Republican version of the Democrat political agenda might appeal to such individuals. Chief among the proposed changes in GOP identity is a renewed push for amnesty for the roughly twelve million illegal aliens now in America, in yet another vain endeavor to court Hispanics.
All polling on this issue indicates that the primary motivation for Hispanics to vote Democrat is that partys socialistic programs. This fact is apparently lost on Priebus and his panel of luminaries. In their world, increased pandering to minorities, on terms dictated by the left, will cause such people to abandon the burgeoning government programs instituted by the Democrats and flock to abridged versions offered by the Republicans. One has to wonder on what basis Priebus and his kind might believe that Republicans can miraculously make up for the instant four to five million vote deficit that would ensue the moment those illegals become citizens.
In a similar manner, the version of the Republican Party envisioned by Priebus and his team would abandon its former conservatism of Ronald Reagan (a move he believes to be in the best interests of the party), and refocus on an agenda that will ostensibly prove to Hispanic, Black, Asian, and gay Americans that we care about them too. He even shamelessly descended to the level of playing on class envy and attacking the private sector, offering his own version of Obamas political pablum, decrying corporate malfeasance and corporate welfare.
Is it really beyond the comprehension of Priebus and his fellow political lemmings that if the Republican Party seeks advice from traditional Democrat constituencies, the guaranteed result is that it will be directed to remake itself in the image of the Democrats? Do these GOP insiders actually expect that following such a course will suddenly inspire advocates of the nanny state to rally to them, and that Heartland America will not become thoroughly disenfranchised in the process? More significantly, by their waffling and capitulating on issues that define the irreconcilable differences between the political right and left, Reince Priebus and his experts expose their readiness to subordinate the long term interests of the nation to their political ambitions.
The last two presidential elections yielded irrefutable proof that Republican candidacies based on moderation and bipartisanship will not only fail to inspire liberals to cross over to the GOP, they will sufficiently disenfranchise the conservative base to the point that voter turnout is suppressed. Nevertheless, despite the consistently devastating results of this approach, the Priebus doctrine contends that the real problem in the party is an excess of conservatism, and that only by continuing down the path of moderation that has netted so many failures, can the Republican Party restore itself.
Had Priebus really wanted to ascertain the needed course correction for his party, he should have spent less time with the ruling class at the National Press Club, and instead given a listen to some of the unassailable wisdom from CPAC. There, he would have heard how real conservatism can energize voters with something higher, and not merely cheaper, than that offered by the Democrats. He could have relearned the inspiring legacy of successes, both in political races and in elected office, from those who are unafraid to stand firmly on principle while facing the inevitable derision from liberal politicians and their media parakeets.
The Republican Party will never succeed in its dubious quest for leadership by pandering and following. And all attempts to follow such a course will only engender cynicism and distrust from the voters. Even the extremely remote possibility of an uptick in support from special interest constituencies is sure to be more than offset by a decline in enthusiasm from the partys traditional base. A party that professes to stand for anything is quickly recognized as standing for nothing.
Nevertheless, the net outcome of these circumstances does not constitute an unwinnable dilemma for Republicans. If common sense, and more importantly, a devotion to the ideals of this great nation, can be courageously and unabashedly reestablished as the guiding principles of the Republican Party, aspiring candidates on the right can point to the promise of America as a promise for all people. Once the pernicious nanny state is reined in, the opportunities that can uplift the life of one industrious citizen are available to every citizen.
It is this message, confidently delivered and steadfastly upheld, that can overcome any leftist effort to convince people that their plight is one of mere subsistence and subjugation.
Instead of contesting the vote this last election, Republicrats formed a circular firing squad and they just had an autopsy. Every swing state that was lost showed RAMPANT VOTER FRAUD but nobody stood up to fight it. They stole this election, pure and simple. Why do you think Chuck Hagel was made Secretary of Defense when just coincidently, he was the CEO of Diebold (who made almost all of the voting machines) when he worked in the private sector? It is an unwritten law in politics: 'nothing in politics or government happens by co-incidence'. Wake up before we drown in the Democrat swamp!
Amen bros - every time the RNC or other official GOP arms issue a statement, it’s even more absurd than their last pronouncement.
None whatsoever. Zip zero nada.
In addition to the article being correct, I am sickened there is no discussion of what actually is good or bad for America.
As FReeper hinckley buzzard insightfully posted: "The overlooked Dem secret weapon was "early voting" scams in key states. When Ohio's Secy/State in Ohio tried simply to regulate and standardize it, Dems went ballistic---they had fine grained lists of voters--they knew every voter in their precincts-- and had a plan to get every one to the polls.
Days of early voting and extended hours enabled them to herd their masses into busses and take load after load bodily to the polls.
This is how they got 100% votes in black precincts. They wouldn't have had the resources to get them all to the polls on one day, so they had to have the long open season.
The GOP had no such organization, or apparently, even the faintest idea of what the DNC had been doing the last four years. Let's hope they learned their lesson, but frankly I'm not optimistic. The GOP seems more interested in running people off than in GOTV efforts."
Dems are still giving thanks over at The Church Of Whatever Works For Me that Romney was so stupid and easily duped.....a dumbo RINO who was used to having his lunch money taken by the schoolyard bully.
Candidate Ohaha bragged he was so-o-o popular he was being showered with campaign contributions from avid supporters----and had the first billion dollar campaign in US history.
Did Romney issue a statement asking the FEC where all the Ohaha reports were----as required by law----WRT where Ohaha spent all that money?
Did Romney ever publicly dress down "billion-dollar Obama" on O's later statements about his need to borrow money for his campaign?
Stupidity, thy name is Republican.
IbJensen~:” ... Wake up before we drown in the Democrat swamp! “
We are already there !
I knew that as soon as Boner said that he ‘TRUSTS’ Obozo.
My refrain is : “Trust ,.. then verify”.
Boner hasn’t learned that Obozo talks a good bi-partisan game ,
..and then proceeds to follow his own agenda.(There is no verify )
Before we get too far into an autopsy on the GOP let’s remember that they still control sixty percent of the country’s Statehouses and fifty percent of Congress.
And many of them are doing an imitation of the DemocRATs.
It appears that the Democrats knew what they were doing when they forced out their “moderates” who went into the Republican party to water it down. They knew the people would rather vote for a wolf than a worm.
Reince Priebus sounds like a name from a bad Sci-Fi novel.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Galactic General Committee stepped out of his space craft onto the perma-steel of the Crunch City space port just as the third sun of Galactica was setting.
He allowed himself a small self satisfied smile. Much had he accomplished but much remained to be done. Those rebels on Liberterra III would soon feel his wrath.
In the past we had intellegent people who just took over the agenda and discussion of current elitist consensus. We forced both parties to address issues of concern to Americans and we proposed our own solutions of change that were often opposed by the DC establishment and limo-liberal corporations.
That’s because they have no clue what is good or bad for America. Their only concern is reelection. They never speak to normal, regular people but all live inside the bubble.
If I were going to try and find out why my party was losing elections I would want to speak to Republican voters in Oklahoma, Georgia, etc. Not these guys, they talk to each other. lol
five member panel, which ostensibly analyzed Republicans faltering performance at the ballot box, is tainted by the same old power brokers and their tired and ineffectual approach to politics. Ari Fleischer was formerly a press secretary under George W. Bush. Sally Bradshaw was a Chief of Staff to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Henry Barbour is a nephew of former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Does anyone see a pattern here?
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