Skip to comments.GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem
Posted on 01/04/2013 12:49:00 PM PST by Bratch
The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem. The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the partys woes in the minds of GOP leaders. Its the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see self-deportation and 47 percent); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker. What to do about the primaries has become Topic A in many a post-election Republican soul-searching session, and now the first steps are being taken to address the issue. For Senate Republicans, that means a modified return to their 2010 posture of openly playing in primaries. A retiring House Republican is starting a super PAC to help House members challenged from the right. And an RNC commission is mulling over changes to the partys presidential primary.
In the Senate, where at least five GOP losses in the past two election cycles could be attributed to primaries, Republican leaders are planning to intervene in selected 2014 races to ensure preferred candidates win the nomination.
High-profile Senate Republicans are going to try to pre-empt bloody primaries with aggressive, early recruitment and support effectively trying to clear fields.
The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.
The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the partys woes in the minds of GOP leaders. Its the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see self-deportation and 47 percent); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker.
What to do about the primaries has become Topic A in many a post-election Republican soul-searching session, and now the first steps are being taken to address the issue. For Senate Republicans, that means a modified return to their 2010 posture of openly playing in primaries. A retiring House Republican is starting a super PAC to help House members challenged from the right. And an RNC commission is mulling over changes to the partys presidential primary.
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>The first two things, without which nothing else can work, are:
>1) Only registered Republicans, who voted in the last two elections AS registered Republicans, can vote.
That’s stupid; it punishes those who could not bring themselves to vote for a socialist (Romney), either by staying home or by voting 3rd party.
>2) No more winners by plurality. Winner in the primary context means 50% +1, or more. In the event that every candidate is below 50%, NO delegate bonuses, NO rewards for winning. I would also set a threshold of 20%, below which no delegates are awarded.
No winner-take-all — That is a much better idea.
The GOP Establishment fogies should be tried for treason, because of their actions to attempt to steer the election, they, in effect, buggered all of us!
I'm more than good with that.
The article and its premise are just so much baloney.
Unless GOPe told him that. Then its just the excuse. They pushed fine candidates off ballot(West) tried to bury others(Michelle) and foisted a pathetically weak candidate on us for the Presidency, who by al tall tales didn’t really want to run.
Maybe the New Black Panther Party people in Philadelphia actually had the right idea. You don’t want certain folks in your elections you just show up with clubs.
The GOP “problem” is NO GUTS!
Nobody is willing to stand up to the media critics and their own media consultants.
They need to learn:
to tell them to stuff it
to tell them they’re wrong
to tell them WHY they are wrong
And they need to learn to do these things in SHORT SENTENCES!
Do NOT go on the defensive!
Protecting INNOCENT LIFE is RIGHT!
To KEEP AND BEAR ARMS is a RIGHT!
Causing dependence on the state is WRONG!
Public expressions and displays of Religion, is NOT “establishment of Religion?
The last primary season saw the 3 lifelong Conservative Republican presidential candidates overwhelmed by 13 non-lifelong Conservative Republican presidential candidates. Even if we'd consolidated to just 1 lifelong Conservative Republican they'd still overwhelmed us.
We need to excise the GOP-e from the party itself ~ just boot them out ~ I propose a corporate coup, rather like a leveraged buy-out. First, set up a New RNC ~ a totally new corporate entity, and Second, invite state Republican parties to send a representative to an organizational meeting.
Some states would not be invited. Some other states would be directed to not send specific personnel as representatives.
The NEWRNC would have all new rules that lodge more authority in the hands of the states regarding Presidential selection practices and policies.
No one associated in anyway with the GOP-e would be allowed to attend any NEWRNC event nor advise any NEWRNC registered candidates in state party primaries.
JRF: “I thought they did that (stack the deck against conservatives) at the convention.”
Yep. And they already have the deck stacked against us in many of the primaries. I honestly think RINOs hate conservatives, especially social conservatives, more than the left. They see us as the anchor that’s holding the Republican Party down.
They’re probably right, but don’t ask me what they stand for. Seriously. I haven’t a clue what a RINO really wants. They’ve proven they aren’t fiscally conservative, and they’re downright hostile toward us bitter clingers.
We’re expected to support their lame ass, moderate candidates (and we do), but they’ve proven in Indiana and Missouri that they’ll actually side with Democrats to beat us. We’re not only warring against the left. We’re fighting the mushy middle! We have no hope against the Democrats if we can’t even wrest control of the so-called party of small government!
They are so clueless it’s comical. The more they try to stuff RINO’s into DC, the faster the party falls apart. I for one will NEVER vote Republican again unless they put up a true fighter. They can just kiss it all good-by.
I vote against Tom Cole (my RINO representative) every chance I get, because he’s a reliable vote for the mushy middle (voted Yes on the fiscal deal). He likes to claim he’s a conservative, but he’s a compassionate conservative, aka fiscal liberal, in the Bush mold. Unfortunately, prying one of these losers out of their cushy DC jobs is a major undertaking.
Don't look to the GOP for electoral success. They have this habit of losing badly. Dole, McCain, Romney...
They’re not trying to fix any primary problem. The people voting for a nominee is not the problem. At this very minute, the powers that be are choosing who the next nominee will be, and then they will game the system so that only that person can get nominated. If that means compressed primaries or extended primaries, that what they will do.
Thank you for that info, I thought that the tone of this article sounded a bit too gloating. I was already suspicious as I saw it was from Politico.
It is funny that if these same establishment Republicans had there way there would be no Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Tim Scott, Kelly Ayote, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, etc. etc. You know, the people that the GOP-e are holding out as saving the Republican Party. The self delusion and absolute cookiness of the GOP-e is alarming.
Was Todd Akin even the Tea Party candidate? I believe the answer is, no, he was not. Truth, who the hell needs that. I swear, the MSM has its hands right up the arses of these GOP-e types and is playing them like puppets. Whatever the MSM tells them to think and do, they do.
Do some Tea Party candidates end up being clunkers? Yes, but just as many if not more establishment, stand for nothing types end up losers. Again, damn the facts, we need to control primaries.
Same here. I am utterly disgusted with myself for giving in to Romney after swearing, post-McCain, that I wouldn’t. Well, at least I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter, a RINO won’t win anyway, so I have no need to injure my conscience ever again. I wish Nero II hadn’t had to be re-elected for me to learn this.
I think the only power that the establishment “right” is interested in is personal power and the power to attain wealth. The “true believers”, such as exist, are on the left.
And I suspect that chosen nominee is Jeb Bush.
Then, in 2016, a Presidential run could have a good chance of snow-balling the Candidates of that 3rd Party to counter-balance the Lefties (those with both D's and R's next to their names).
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