Skip to comments.GOP Establishment Not Happy with Ryan Pick
Posted on 08/15/2012 9:31:04 AM PDT by tselatysr
By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Not all Republicans are happy with Mitt Romney's choice to make Rep. Paul Ryan his running mate. David Frum, former speech writer for President George W. Bush, is beside himself.
"At every turn, the party has demanded, 'More ideology! I gotta have more ideology!'" laments Frum in a column appearing on CNN.com. "With the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Romney has now acceded to that wish. The least ideological Republican candidate since 1968 has committed himself to the most ideological Republican program since 1964."
Actually, it was the least ideological Republican candidate since 1968 - Sen. John McCain - that was trounced by a featherweight Chicago politician who presented the country with nothing more than a silly balloon-animal distraction called hope and change ... and won.
Candidates with ideas, even bad ones, trump those without a clue every day of the week.
Frum hates ideology because of the ideas that underlie it, especially if the ideas in question happen to be small-government and conservative in nature. Establishment Republicans, of which Frum is a card-carrying member, made peace with FDR's New Deal back in the 1950s. The theory goes that voters will never let Republicans opposed to the Progressive status quo drive Daddy New Deal's classic car; and establishment Republicans like nothing more than getting under the hood to tinker with the engine - hoping to fine tune the beast.
That 80-year-old jalopy has sputtered to a stop and is up on blocks. There's no fixing the ancient relic. It's time to shop for a new car.
Even Obama has abandoned the nebulous hope-and-change dogmas of the past for something a little more substantial: forced income equality, a government-directed economy that produces an endless stream of failed Solyndras, and controlling every American's body through government-run health care. You can be forgiven for viewing the totality of Obama's 2012 ideology as, well, totalitarian.
Needless to say, Frum is blind to Obama's totality.
Last June, Frum attacked Republicans for opposing dictatorial ObamaCare with calls for its repeal. "The reform, for all its many, many faults, did one important thing: extend health insurance coverage to almost all Americans. A Republican alternative should aspire to do the same. That statement is controversial in today's GOP. It should not be. Universal coverage need not mean higher costs, nor more statism," said Frum.
If John McCain is to be praised for anything, it's for not attempting to express that blank slate he calls a mind with words. Frum, on the other hand, loudly proclaims that big-government's totalitarian programs can be made cost-effective and lead to greater individual freedom once sprinkled with establishment GOP pixy dust.
"He [Romney] has chosen as his running mate Paul Ryan, the House Republican leader - not their formal leader, but their intellectual leader, the person who set their agenda," said Frum, "He has effectively adopted Paul Ryan's agenda as his own: big immediate cuts in spending, a dramatic cut in the top rate of income tax to 28% and a bold reform of Medicare for those 55 and under."
Paul Ryan said that America is "the only country founded on an idea. Our rights come from nature and God, not government. We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes."
Obama and establishment Republicans disagree with that fundamental and foundational idea.
Mr Curmudgeon is a freelance writer living in South Florida.
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The unhappier the establishment is, the happier I am...
This proves that Romney made the right choice!!
You betcha’. Fight the power!
Who would they have preferred? Jeb? Kay Baily Hutchinson? Whitman?
Ryan is the perfect pic.
Now THAT makes ME very, very happy!!!!
Ive posted this a number of times and do so again as a warning to the Romney/Ryan team as I suspect the establishment cretins and pansies will infiltrate this campaign — or, more likely, ALREADY HAVE.
If you want to know why Ive cautioned my many friends to NOT SEND THE RNC A NICKLE, READ ON.
Over the years when, to steal a line from Billy Joel, I wore a younger mans clothes I was involved with several pretty solid conservative candidates for Congress. One was a Democrat (Lawrence Patton McDonald) because that was the only way he could win in that district. Those old-timers who know Larrys record will tell you that he was a solid an anti-communist America Firster and more Republican than the Pubbies in nearby districts at the time. (His mothers cousin was General George Patton from whom he got the middle name and his incredible resolve and love of this country.) How ironic that he, like General Patton, was also assassinated by the communists they both despised.
Those other candidates ran as Republicans. Because I was a rabid Bircher back then (still am philosophically!), those candidates had to pass my rigid litmus test or I went looking for someone who did. For that reason, I hooked up with what the TRADITIONAL country club Pubbie establishment types believed were too radical for their refined tastes.
As those campaigns began to unfold and it became clear to the country clubbers that these guys 1) had a shot and 2) were pretty independent thinkers who would be hard to keep on the reservation once they got sworn in, the local Pubbies communicated that information to the Republican National HQ types who rather quickly sent in campaign professionals ostensibly to lock up the impending victory.
Instead, in nearly every case to which I was privy, these professionals proceeded to TORPEDO our guys campaign in subtle but effective ways.
From that experience I can tell you that the Pubbies at the HQ in D.C. would rather have a Democrat win a given district than have a pubbie up there who would embarrass them by refusing to follow the party line.
If YOU become involved in campaigns for solidly conservative, America and Constitution loving, hard-nosed, independent thinking candidates in 2012 and beyond and I pray many of you do — please DO NOT trust any of those folks from GOP HQ in Washington. If they want to send you no-strings cash for your campaign, take it. If, however, they suggest sending in one of their professionals, tell them to fuggetaboutit.
They ARE WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!!
“The common and continual mischief of the spirit of Party is
sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to
discourage and restrain it.” G. Washington
Some of the best confirmatory news yet.
“David Frum, former speech writer for President George W. Bush, is beside himself.”
Oh, G-d, I hope not. One of him is already too many.
The establishment said the same thing about Reagan.
"Oh, G-d, I hope not. One of him is already too many."
Great one. LOL
Frum having his panties in a wad over the choice of Ryan just reaffirms to me it was the correct choice.
The common and continual mischief of the spirit of Party is
sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it. G. Washington
That is a great quote...Very appropriate for this day and age...
You made my day!!!
This is prue manipulation. The R establishment likes Ryan. But they think if they say they think he’s too conservative, the Tea Party people will like the ticket better and get over having Mittens shoved down their throats.
Quoting David Frum in the article is the “tell”.
Happy to be of service. Share it with many.
Where are the George Washington’s of our day? We have a few but, given the current state of the citizenry here, they are UNELECTABLE.
Conventional wisdom suggests that it is pointless to go after votes you already have locked up, but to move to the middle to get more independent votes, yet Rove pursued this contrarian strategy. It worked because it motivated a higher percentage of Republicans to go vote.
Even though he is persona non grata on Free Republic, Rove is still hated by the left wing Demon Rats for this very tactic. Movies, (Bush's Brain?) have been made about this.
Twice as many people are conservative as liberal. When Republicans run like conservatives, they win.
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