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GOP Doomed if Establishment Prevails
American Thinker Magazine ^ | November 25, 2012 | By J. Robert Smith

Posted on 11/25/2012 8:54:02 AM PST by drewh

The battle lines are being drawn. The fight for the GOP is on. The seemingly eternal struggle between the right and the Republican establishment has entered its newest phase. In the wake of Mitt Romney being end-run by Barack Obama, GOP get-alongs want to double-down on failure. Moderation -- the odor of it -- is in DC's air like cheap, fetid perfume.

The point being: why would establishment Republicans want to move left (to the center, in their vernacular) precisely at the time when the America created by Woodrow Wilson and FDR is faltering -- groaning under its own enormous weight and falsity? Because polling and focus groups tell the GOP to do so? Because a bare majority of voters are able to be bought off by a political party that never outgrew Tammany Hall or the Pendergast Machine? Or because portions of President Obama's majority coalition persists in the delusion that the nation's troubles are exaggerated? We've seen the woeful result of willful denial throughout human history.

Conservatives can't count on the Republican establishment to have the boldness to push for an American renaissance. Establishment Republicans have too much invested in the "game," and that includes livelihoods, careers, and stature. The push for conservatives is to assume full control of the GOP.

Like Martin Luther, conservatives' first step is to nail their equivalent of the 95 Theses to the door of the Republican National Committee -- and then to the door of the White House... and then to the doors of colleges and universities and to every mainstream media outlet around.

The time has come for conservatives to proclaim, confidently, truthfully, and fearlessly. Dire times call to conservatives to do so; it falls to conservatives to be the instigators of a great American renaissance.

If not conservatives, then who

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To: drewh

Ah, yes - “moderation.”

The only things you find in the middle of the road are yellow stripes and roadkill.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 10:19:19 AM PST by Noumenon (As long as you have a rifle, you STILL have a vote.)
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To: drewh

“Fetid”... that’s an appropriate word for the current state of the GOP, as run by the scumbag GOP-E elites, consultants and professional political class.

I used to think the Party could be reformed from the inside, like Palin and much of the grassroots tea party folks had proposed. But the rot and corruption is apparently too deep. Way too deep. I have zero faith and zero confidence in the GOP to ever truly combat the statist/socialist wave that is fully engaged and poised to destroy America.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 10:22:47 AM PST by greene66
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To: mosaicwolf

“The country has become to polarized”

Yes and the Congress has become too corrupt. So corrupt that both parties now function to keep their collective boat afloat.

The GOP 3 weeks on from the election is now giving the finger to some 53 million or however many voters voted for Romney and are basically on their knees to the Democrats. They should be fighting mad and and trying do everything in their power to stop Obama and his policies. They care only for their own cushy jobs and trying to cling to some power.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 10:23:46 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: drewh

For those who live in Rio Linda, this is an analogy.

I liken the GOP establishment to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. The GOPe is not interested in anything but themselves and their power, so they hedge their bets. As long as they have their kingdom in tact, all is fine. I am sure Jones would love to have a super bowl win, but this man still rakes in loads of dough with a mediocre team, it’s win win for Jones. The GOPe is the same, It’s a win win for them. They will use all of their power to keep the Tea Party out. The Tea party reps need to consult with Hillsdale and the Mark Levin types to find ways to defeat this thing and kill it forever. As long as this GOPe breathes, there will be no true Republican POTUS. IMHO.


24 posted on 11/25/2012 10:35:40 AM PST by klimeckg ("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.")
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To: mylife

You’re right. A big part of it, too, is the fact that the MSM always keeps up a steady and ever increasing drumbeat aimed at destroying any Republican candidate or President. - Rush used to say that the media is be darned if ANY Republican is ever going to be elected to any office anytime if they have their way about it. Their relentless war against “Bush” insured Obama a “place in history”, quite possibly a not too stellar place when all is said and done.


25 posted on 11/25/2012 10:49:19 AM PST by Twinkie (ABORTION is GENOCIDE of Blacks & Hispanics!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Reagan talked about a new Republican Party of bright bold colors and no pale pastels. Looks like the GOP wants to remain the party of pale pastels.


26 posted on 11/25/2012 10:52:13 AM PST by princeofdarkness ( Nobama. No more. No way. November 2012.)
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To: drewh

The Romans blamed the Christians when Rome burned. So why wouldn’t the Republicans blame the Christians too when Romney failed? Their solution — Jebbie for President and George P. for land commissioner is more than a mouthful.


27 posted on 11/25/2012 10:57:20 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, they must all be crazy out there!")
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To: princeofdarkness

Reagan too was self-contradictory — GHWB, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, Howard Baker, the start of Colin Powell, endorsing Edward Brooke.


28 posted on 11/25/2012 11:01:45 AM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, they must all be crazy out there!")
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To: klimeckg

It’s past time for a grass roots GOP candidate to arise. The 2016 version is not yet on the horizon. Any known quantity (Rubio, Palin, Jindal) can be defined and marginalized. The GOP needs a wildcard in 2016. Clint Eastwood please pick up the red courtesy phone...


29 posted on 11/25/2012 11:34:41 AM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: drewh
(Art.) The point being: why would establishment Republicans want to move left (to the center, in their vernacular) precisely at the time when the America created by Woodrow Wilson and FDR is faltering -- groaning under its own enormous weight and falsity?

Way to go! Ain't much "give-up" in this conservative! I like this guy.

But why'd he leave out LBJ and Slick Willie and Barky Boy? Talk about champions of monster government ...

30 posted on 11/25/2012 11:39:21 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: princeofdarkness
Looks like the GOP wants to remain the party of pale pastels.

Beige. Light beige. Pale beige pastel cloudmist.

Please excuse us for existing.

31 posted on 11/25/2012 11:42:33 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: nwrep
We keep repeating this bromide, but where is the evidence that the establishment was calling the shots? If anything, I would say that in the last couple of years, the establishment has taken a back seat to the tea party, and the candidates have all taken positions favorable to the tea party. In fact, Romney's position on immigration was the closest to the tea party position, and farthest away from the establishment RINO position.

I think they're focusing on Romney's background, his style and strategy, and the positions he took earlier in his career.

The problem with the argument is that it wasn't moderates or the Establishment that cost Republicans Senate seats in Missouri or Indiana.

32 posted on 11/25/2012 11:45:20 AM PST by x
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To: nwrep
If anything, I would say that in the last couple of years, the establishment has taken a back seat to the tea party, and the candidates have all taken positions favorable to the tea party.

What are you talking about? Last year, the GOP-e's definitively defeated the Tea Party in detail when they mopped the floor with every single conservative candidate (with a little help from media orcs and David Axelgrease and his Bimbo Directory of Chicago).

They ran the table on us, there's no other way to say it. Money won.

And now Marco Rubio is already walking away from the Tea Partiers who elected him.

33 posted on 11/25/2012 11:46:05 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: x
The problem with the argument is that it wasn't moderates or the Establishment that cost Republicans Senate seats in Missouri or Indiana.

Hello again, FRiend. Can it be established that the RNC offered anything like substantial financial support to Mourdock in Indiana? And Akins in Missouri was excoriated and abandoned for his mistake -- it was the voters, not the Party, who rallied around him.

I realize there was a problem with 'Rat crossovers and secret Trojan support from Claire McCaskill during the Missouri nomination contest (someone explained that McCaskill is basically Satan), but once nominated, he certainly didn't attract support from the Party, especially after he misspoke.

34 posted on 11/25/2012 11:53:19 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

I don’t know how much support the RNC gave. But if you want to throw out the guy who’s held the seat for us for forty years you’ve got to make sure you don’t blow it. I don’t have much patience with people who make a big deal about throwing out the RINOs or Establishment only to lose a safe seat through ineptitude. The trick is not get caught up in one’s own “opinions” about things but to discuss things you can actually do in office.


35 posted on 11/25/2012 12:22:52 PM PST by x
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36 posted on 11/25/2012 1:26:31 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: x; lentulusgracchus

Mourdock was the only Senate candidate that Romney endorsed.

Akin was not the choice of the tea party and Palin, Sarah Steelman was, and the right, (Palin) gave us the senate victories of Ted Cruz and Deb Fischer.

Moving the party right means risk and we lost the gamble with Mourdock, of course the rinos lost the entire presidency with Mitt.

The establishment, for instance Rove’s PAC has a terrible record.

Don’t listen to these constant efforts to keep conservatism out of the GOP.


37 posted on 11/25/2012 1:30:34 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: CincyRichieRich
Convincing those in charge to do the bold, re-education route and have Palin& West as your ticket is the way to go.

We said that in the 2012 primaries. We said something similar in 2008. We couldn't say it in 2004 because it's not cricket to primary an incumbent President.

We tried it your way twice and there are already those who want to try it your way again in 2016. Those people are GOP-E.

At what point do we realize that a national party incapable of winning national elections due to its selection of centrist and center-left candidates deserves the fate that's coming to it?

38 posted on 11/25/2012 1:35:18 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

We said that in the 2012 primaries. We said something similar in 2008. We couldn’t say it in 2004 because it’s not cricket to primary an incumbent President.

We tried it your way twice and there are already those who want to try it your way again in 2016. Those people are GOP-E.

At what point do we realize that a national party incapable of winning national elections due to its selection of centrist and center-left candidates deserves the fate that’s coming to it?


You’re right. Let’s do the third party. Let’s give 25% to that party, 25% to the RNC and hope the computers counting the votes malfunction and the DNC candidate loses.


39 posted on 11/25/2012 1:42:37 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your head up and keep moving forward!)
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To: ez

The problem with the GOP is that they’re letting the democrats pick their candidates via the lame stream media.


40 posted on 11/25/2012 4:01:11 PM PST by virgil
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