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Tales of Woe The myth of a powerful Republican establishment.
Weekly Standard ^ | 26 feb 2012 | NOEMIE EMERY

Posted on 02/26/2012 6:44:48 AM PST by rellimpank

Late in 2003, Charles Krauthammer coined the phrase “Bush Derangement Syndrome” to describe the rage of the left at our 43rd president, a loathing so intense that when the president was reelected his anguished opponents needed grief therapy simply to cope. This morphed in time into Palin Derangement, which infected the elites of both parties. And now some on the right have come down with a similar affliction​—​Establishment, and/or RINO Derangement​—​the belief that a Republican party elite is conspiring against them and is behind all of their woes. The symptoms are a sense of intense persecution along with one of perpetual grievance, and a feeling of having been wronged by unscrupulous people, endowed with magical powers that allow them all too often to triumph, in spite of their being so wrong. Out of this has grown a series of what Mona Charen calls fables designed to make the victims feel better and avoid looking hard at their vulnerabilities. This may work in the sense of affording condolence. But the myths are simply not true

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: conservatives; elections

1 posted on 02/26/2012 6:44:58 AM PST by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

“There is no Republican Establishment” says the official publication of the Republican Establishment.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 6:49:41 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: rellimpank

Too funny! Emery allows two as valid yet disallows the third with only conjecture as evidence.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 6:53:08 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: rellimpank
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Examiner Columnist Noemie Emery is contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and author of "Great Expectations: The Troubled Lives of Political Families."
4 posted on 02/26/2012 6:58:01 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: rellimpank

Who is responsible for this column? Boehner?


5 posted on 02/26/2012 6:59:18 AM PST by johncatl (...governs least, governs best.)
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To: rellimpank

Republican Establishment to Noemie: “Psst! We don’t exist!”


6 posted on 02/26/2012 7:02:58 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rellimpank; All
--my favorite Reagan quote--"when you are going over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--

--I will no doubt be posting this several times in the next few months---

7 posted on 02/26/2012 7:04:35 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank

She waves her hand and says “This is not the Republican Establishment you are looking for. Drive on.”


8 posted on 02/26/2012 7:21:07 AM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: rellimpank
As Jim Geraghty notes, movement conservatives tend to believe that their base is larger than that of the moderates (as well as more virtuous) and that their ideas are more popular; hence defeat in a fair fight is not possible. Thus if they lose, the fight must not be fair, and there must be a reason. If no reason seems clear, then one must be invented. Hence the belief in strange plots.

At some point, reality has to be faced. Chasing after conspiracy theories is fruitless and diversionary.

9 posted on 02/26/2012 7:29:03 AM PST by randita
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To: rellimpank

Barf Alert!

Arizona’s Gov. Brewer endorses Romney

By Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times

Sunday, February 26, 2012

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination on Sunday, saying he is the most electable candidate in the field.

“He’s the man that can carry the day,” Mrs. Brewer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”


10 posted on 02/26/2012 7:30:19 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: rellimpank

The Gelding Old Party is heading for the glue factory. They are now believing their own press releases.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 7:45:59 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: FlipWilson

And the Weekly Standard wonders why folks such as me are former subscribers and not current subscribers to their magazine.

Their idea of fiscal responsibility is to reduce the annual federal budget deficits that are running over a trillion dollars a year by 100 billion dollars. Yeah, THAT will solve all our problems.


12 posted on 02/26/2012 7:51:22 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: rellimpank

Count how many times Jeb Bush’s name is mentioned in the next month before you tell me there is no ‘establishment’! (or Mitch Daniels)


13 posted on 02/26/2012 8:04:48 AM PST by jakota (jakota)
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To: rellimpank

Reagan made a deal with the moderate Republicans AFTER he won. He took George H.W. Bush in the relatively harmless position of vice-president. He also made a deal with the pro-life movement, thus going to his social right as he went toward the party center. x


14 posted on 02/26/2012 8:13:01 AM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: House Atreides

The thinking in the article is rather simplistic. It does not account for the fact that few good conservative ever had a chance at the party’s nomination. This is because most never ran. Why?


15 posted on 02/26/2012 8:18:13 AM PST by Henry Hnyellar
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To: rellimpank

The existence of the Mitt of the Republican Establishment confirms the reality of The Myth of the Republican Establishment.


16 posted on 02/26/2012 8:34:03 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: rellimpank
The 2012 primary campaign has been an exaggerated version of this dynamic, with one credentialed ex-moderate running against a social conservative who served only five years in the House, a marketing whiz who was a political half-wit, a former speaker dethroned by his caucus, an ex-senator who lost his last race by 18 points, a 76-year-old member of the House with an eccentric agenda, and a four-term Texas governor whose résumé was impressive, but who tripped over his tongue and his feet. It took no manipulation by sinister forces to eliminate most of them. Conservatives did run, but not the best of them. This was not a dark RINO plot.

I agree with this. Anyone want to disagree ?

The fact is the resumes of the not Romneys are not as solid as Romney. We don't even refer to the not Romneys by their real names, only that they are not Romney.

17 posted on 02/26/2012 9:15:41 AM PST by staytrue
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To: staytrue
I halfway disagree.

What Romney brings to the table is money. The establishment and especially consultant class, loves self-funders and thinks one can win on that alone. What it does do is scare a lot of people from running in the first place, so that we are stuck with a lot like what we have here.

18 posted on 02/26/2012 9:28:21 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Stop Romney - Rick Santorum in the Michigan primary)
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To: staytrue; onyx; Darksheare; Graybeard58; 50mm; TheOldLady
The 2012 primary campaign has been an exaggerated version of this dynamic, with one credentialed ex-moderate running against a social conservative who served only five years in the House, a marketing whiz who was a political half-wit, a former speaker dethroned by his caucus, an ex-senator who lost his last race by 18 points, a 76-year-old member of the House with an eccentric agenda, and a four-term Texas governor whose résumé was impressive, but who tripped over his tongue and his feet. It took no manipulation by sinister forces to eliminate most of them. Conservatives did run, but not the best of them. This was not a dark RINO plot.

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I agree with this. Anyone want to disagree ?

The fact is the resumes of the not Romneys are not as solid as Romney. We don't even refer to the not Romneys by their real names, only that they are not Romney.

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Yes, I disagree.

This is just another article attempting to ridicule Conservatives who are recognizing the inbred conditions that have arisen between those known to be against Conservatives, and those previously assumed to be friends and supporters of Conservatives.

Romney's resume is solid alright, so solidly identified here on FR as not Conservative, that pushing for him on this forum has clearly been identified as a no-no by the site owner.

If you want to continue to participate on FR, I suggest you reconsider your inputs carefully from this point forward.

Also, I don't know who you are referring to as "We", but the other candidates are regularly referred to by their names on FR, vice always being referred to as "not-Romneys".

19 posted on 02/26/2012 10:22:44 AM PST by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: Darren McCarty
What Romney brings to the table is money. The establishment and especially consultant class, loves self-funders and thinks one can win on that alone. What it does do is scare a lot of people from running in the first place, so that we are stuck with a lot like what we have here.
If, indeed, he didn’t do some hatchet work on Palin to keep her out of the race, as is seriously suggested here . . .
George H.W. Bush won once and lost once as an establishmentarian
Incorrect. George H.W. Bush won once as Reagan’s heir, and lost once as an establishmentarian

20 posted on 02/26/2012 12:08:36 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: staytrue; Col Freeper; onyx; Graybeard58; 50mm; TheOldLady

Romney’s record is solid?
You mean, his support for homosexual marriage, abortion, gun bans, taxpayer funded government run healthcare, perpetual government bailouts for failed businesses at taxpayer expense?
That’s a record you like?


21 posted on 02/26/2012 12:22:16 PM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: staytrue

Seriously? Romney’s resume is better than Newt’s? It’s one of the worst of the bunch. He lost the Senate to Ted Kennedy by the same amount Santorum lost, difference being Santorum actually got elected twice before. Mitt was a failed one-term governor who was so unpopular he declined to run for reelection. By that logic, the only mistake Santorum made that made him worse than Romney was trying to run for a 3rd term instead of giving up early. Then compare to Newt, who led the Republicans to take over the House after 40 years, a majority they held onto for 12 years. You also have to buy this woman’s assertion that Mitt is an “ex-moderate,” and not someone who spent his whole political career as a moderate and then claimed he was a conservative as soon as he started running his presidential campaign.


22 posted on 02/26/2012 12:24:26 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: Col Freeper; Darksheare; staytrue; onyx; Graybeard58; 50mm; TheOldLady
This is going back to the 2008 campaign, but check staytrue's posting history. He looks like a certified Romneybot. He's also posted a lot of Newt-bashing recently. He even came up with Coulter's Palin line years before she did, about hating Palin because of her supporters...

Quotes from staytrue:

Personally, I am almost dead set against Palin, not because of her, but because of the strident yelling of her supporters.

This anti Romney crusade has pretty much persuaded me to contribute to Fiorina just because I'm mad.

Romney is no slimeball. If you look at his private and/or public (and anywhere else) life, all you see is the utmost in integity, honesty, hard work, and excellence.

Just because you may disagree with him on the issues or don't like the fact that he is intelligent, rich, well spoken and looks gread, does not make him a slimeball.

You also brand yourself as a nitwit for saying so.

23 posted on 02/26/2012 12:32:11 PM PST by JediJones (Watch "Gingrich to Michigan: Change or Die" on YouTube. Best Speech Ever!)
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To: JediJones; Col Freeper; staytrue; onyx; Graybeard58; 50mm; TheOldLady

Sheesh.
There’s a certain trollsite that is trying reaaaal hard to be the new ClownPosse, and they just love Romney over there.
They don’t see anything wrong with his positions, nevermind that he holds the same positions as Obama oneverything.

We’ve had a surge in people pushing Romney due in part to that troll site.


24 posted on 02/26/2012 12:42:06 PM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: rellimpank

I’d offer my own insights, but I never finished the article. Talk about boring.

I did get to the part about electoral success. She’s right. The establishment has dominated regarding electoral success. I wonder if the establishment’s electoral success has anything to do with THE BEHEMOTH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT we have?


25 posted on 02/26/2012 1:02:55 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: philman_36

Oh, dear. I’d always imagined her as a lot more attractive.


26 posted on 02/26/2012 1:05:43 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: freemarketsfreeminds

I’ll add that elections are about real ideas. This author thinks of elections as contests to see who gets to manage the beast.


27 posted on 02/26/2012 1:06:25 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: randita

As though we did not see the establishment republicans back non republicans in races in 2010, to defeat republican nominees that were tea party people, like in Alaska, where GOP-e Senators basically endorsed the Independent.

We have also watched the GOP-e attack Palin for 3 and a half years.

Now the rumors are that the GOP-e has a back up plan if we defeat their choice in the presidential primary.


28 posted on 02/26/2012 3:46:27 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: staytrue

Speaker Gingrich the conservative leader of the 1990s and history maker, has an incredible resume.

Romney as a Mormon Bishop and a failed liberal, one term Governor that couldn’t win reelection, does not come off as well.


29 posted on 02/26/2012 4:01:39 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

“Romney as a Mormon Bishop and a failed liberal, one term Governor that couldn’t win reelection, does not come off as well.”

Right you are - items that the BHO machine will use but that neither the media nor his supposed “conservative” endorsers every mention. Yet they all claim he’s the only “electable” candidate. Are they (his endorsers) brainwashed or do they not know these things???


30 posted on 02/27/2012 9:21:31 AM PST by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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