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7 Reasons Conservatives Don't Trust the Republican Establishment
Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | John Hawkins

Posted on 01/16/2013 9:31:25 AM PST by Kaslin

Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that's dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don't feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it's a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP's levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can't trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.

1) They have supreme confidence without supreme competence. Conservative talk show hosts, columnists, bloggers and Tea Partiers don't always get it right. We make our mistakes. But, we recognize that. The problem with the establishment Republicans is that they make just as many mistakes, if not more, without ever being humbled by the experience. Karl Rove is a truly brilliant man and he's done a great service for conservatism by raising so much money to help Republican candidates (although he's now promising to torpedo conservative candidates in GOP primaries), but his strategic decision-making also turned Bush's second term into a Hindenburg style disaster that the GOP hasn't recovered from yet. How did the "Super-Committee" the GOP establishment championed in 2011 work out? Not so well. How about Harriet Miers? The comprehensive immigration reform battle in Bush's second term? John McCain? Mitt Romney? It's fine to think you're the smartest guy in the room, but if you can't back it up, don't expect everyone to ignore the dunce cap you're wearing and pretend that you're Einstein.

2) They always prefer moderates to conservatives. It should tell you something when the GOP establishment always, always, ALWAYS prefers the least conservative candidate. It backed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey, David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz, Bob Bennett over Mike Lee, Trey Grayson over Rand Paul and Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio. Our two top "leaders" in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, both endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio, a guy who is now being touted as one of the frontrunners for the presidency in 2016. When the best and brightest of the GOP in the Senate were almost universally opposed by the GOP establishment, what message does it send to the base? It sure as hell ain't "You can trust us" or "We're on your side." The real message is, "We're so frightened by our own base that we'd rather back future Democrats like Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter than movement conservatives."

3) They stick with the same failed leaders. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have been in charge in Congress since 2006. What do we have to show for their "leadership?" Three bad election cycles out of four. John Boehner seems to mean well, but neither he nor McConnell can message their way out of a wet paper bag. In addition, McConnell has been outmaneuvered and outsmarted by Harry Reid at every turn and is polling so poorly that he's pulling a Todd Akin by running for his seat when he should be stepping aside for a more electable candidate. Reince Priebus did an excellent job of raising money at the RNC last cycle, but did nothing else well during a lousy cycle that his failure as RNC Chairman contributed to mightily. Everyone agrees that the GOP did poorly in the Senate in 2012; yet the head of the NRSC John Cornyn failed upwards to become the new Minority Whip in the Senate. William Buckley once said, "I'd rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty of Harvard." Well, the GOP would be better led by randomly elected Republicans than the crew that's running the show.

4) They're incessantly looking for excuses to jettison conservative principles. When Democrats run for office, they lie about being moderates to get elected and then move to the Left. When Republicans run for office, they lie about being conservative and then move to the middle. So, when Barack Obama lies, it's a lie about pretending to oppose gay marriage. On the other hand, when Republicans like Marco Rubio lie, it's a lie about opposing amnesty for illegals. What that means is that there is never a time when conservatives can trust Republicans in Congress to just do the right thing. Every time gun control, immigration or spending comes up, we have to ramp the pressure all the way up just to get the Republicans in Congress to do the jobs they were sent to Congress to do in the first place. If you hired a waiter at your restaurant and you had to yell at him every day to get him to talk to customers or hand his orders in to the kitchen, you'd fire him in a heartbeat. We'd love to do the same thing to Republicans in Congress and the only reason we don't is that it would mean hiring Democrats who'd pocket all the tips, loot the cash register, and picket the restaurant for not having a bathroom for transsexuals.

5) The Republican establishment doesn't produce results. With Obama in power, the Democrats slammed through Obamacare and are pushing for gay marriage and gun control. On the other hand, when Republicans were in power, they implemented Medicare Part D and wanted comprehensive immigration reform. What's supposed to excite conservatives about that? Additionally, no matter who's in charge, government gets bigger and spending increases. The establishment also managed to clear the way for both John McCain and Mitt Romney because they were both moderates who ran from social issues, which made them so "electable." As it turns out, they were both so "electable" that they lost. Isn't it funny how often the GOP establishment gets its way, loses, then declares that no one could have done better and we need even more of the same next time? Show us the great victories achieved for the conservative movement by the establishment Republicans who've had their way with the party since Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution spluttered to a stop? If the establishment Republicans don’t have anything to offer but defeat, painful compromises that never seem to bear any political fruit, and complaints about the people whose first priority is the good of the country instead of fattening their own wallets, what good are they?

6) Where's the urgency? Where's the fight? Did you ever notice that both John McCain and Mitt Romney ran far nastier and more vicious campaigns against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama? Conservatives, the establishment Republicans will fight tooth and nail, but when they're up against Democrats, they turn into pussycats. Democrats don't have any qualms about trying to eviscerate Republicans, but the GOP establishment keeps acting like it’s going to win some kind of sportsmanship award for putting out forgettable lines of attack that pass through the mind like prunes pass through the body. Meanwhile, outside of the Beltway, guns, gold and survival seeds are flying off the shelves and many Americans are convinced for good reason that this country is headed toward an economic collapse driven by our unsustainable debt within the next decade or two. While that's happening, Barack Obama is talking about overruling Congress with executive orders and minting trillion dollar platinum coins. Yet, if you listen to the Republican establishment, you'd think all is well and it is just business as usual. We don't need screaming or rants about Hitler, but it would be nice to get the idea that the establishment Republicans aren’t content to sit on the deck of the sinking Titanic, watching the ship go down while they ask people running by if they'd like to play a game of shuffleboard while they’re waiting.

7) They don't represent the values of conservatives in key areas. Ronald Reagan is the patron saint of the conservative movement, but if you look at his time in office, you'll discover that Reagan actually compromised quite a bit with the Democrats. So, why do conservatives today revere Reagan, but not trust the establishment Republicans when they want to compromise? Simple; conservatives knew Ronald Reagan was one of us and had our best interests at heart. The same can't be said of Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, John Boehner, David Frum, Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt, Joe Scarborough, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, David Brooks, Megan McCain, Bob Dole, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. They're not bad people (Well, Frum and Megan McCain may be) and we would likely agree on a lot of things, but they're not movement conservatives. Their agenda is not our agenda, their goals are not our goals, and that means that ultimately, we can never trust them the way liberals can trust politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. At the end of the day, if you're going to ask someone to act as your agent in a hostage negotiation, you have to be confident that he wants the hostage back with all his fingers and toes intact just as much as you do.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: conservative; conservatives; mitchmcconnell; moderates

1 posted on 01/16/2013 9:31:31 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The lie ... and can not be trusted.

Romney invented RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE and imposed
gay marriage, and then had the audacity
to purport it was someone else.

Romney/Rove attacked Gov. Palin mercilessly to throw
the Election 2008 to Obama.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 9:34:12 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 9:34:17 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: Kaslin

Correction—Most Republicans in Congress are spineless RINOs.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 9:35:04 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Kaslin
WRONG!
"Establishment Republicans" DO produce results, and they're BAD RESULTS, VERY BAD RESULTS!


I read a great article by Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow, Ret. written February 4, 2011 from "NewsWithViews.com" and here's part of it.
Read Compromise Is a Dirty Word for Club for Growth.

Take a good long look at where "Establishment Republicans" ALWAYS take us.




5 posted on 01/16/2013 9:43:50 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Kaslin
There is no difference between the democrats and republicans now, they both get lumped into the category of the “government”. The party elite on both sides now put their best interests above those of Americans, and they have proven that they will do anything to maintain that.
6 posted on 01/16/2013 9:44:06 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Kaslin
Carry_Okie's seven reasons RINOs can't be trusted:

Nixon, Ford, Bush I, Bush II, Dole, McCain, Romney.

Lessee, that's seven. Too bad there isn't room for Warren, Knight, Wilson, and Schwarzenegger.

7 posted on 01/16/2013 9:58:19 AM PST by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Kaslin

#8 They do not observe their oaths of office to preserve and defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. They abandon it. They agree on the selective enforcement of our laws based on poitical correctness.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 10:00:12 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Kaslin

#8 They do not observe their oaths of office to preserve and defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. They abandon it. They agree on the selective enforcement of our laws based on political correctness.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 10:00:36 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Kaslin

They lost the election to the WORST.PRESIDENT.EVER and yet “Reince” Prebus is still in charge.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 10:13:52 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kaslin

Who IS the conservative establishment?....


11 posted on 01/16/2013 10:15:32 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Kaslin
The Republican Party may be mostly conservative,

This is where I stop reading. The Republican party does not represent conservatives, and hasn't for at least a generation. The Republican party represents moneyed political operatives seeking to serve the interests of its mostly corporate financial backers by wooing conservative voters. That's a very different thing.

12 posted on 01/16/2013 11:09:51 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Kaslin
Yet, if you listen to the Republican establishment, you'd think all is well and it is just business as usual. We don't need screaming or rants about Hitler, but it would be nice to get the idea that the establishment Republicans aren’t content to sit on the deck of the sinking Titanic, watching the ship go down while they ask people running by if they'd like to play a game of shuffleboard while they’re waiting.

Worth repeating.

13 posted on 01/16/2013 11:16:15 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin

The PROBLEM with republicans is that they do not believe in REPUBLICANISM!

LLS


14 posted on 01/16/2013 11:29:44 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Kaslin

Article loses by using the word “conservative” anywhere Amnesty Liberal Marco Rubio. The GOPe loves him now

The GOP is not conservative....and conservatives realize this


15 posted on 01/16/2013 11:42:09 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (The only automatic weapon is the one Obama uses to take your paycheck)
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To: Carry_Okie; Kaslin

This is a nicely put article, and that is an excellent supplementary list.


16 posted on 01/16/2013 12:11:03 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Arm_Bears

Just seven reasons? I should think its more like 107. what they did to Sarah Palin alone is enough to start a 3rd Party. We expect such things from the Democrats and Liberals—but from the GOP? What they have done to the Tea Party (after using it in 2010) is a disgrace. Time to clean house in the Grand Old Party—or Junk it for a new Reform Party (Sans Ross Perot ego)—


17 posted on 01/16/2013 12:21:45 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: LibLieSlayer
The PROBLEM with republicans is that they do not believe in REPUBLICANISM!

LLS, there's only one group today's Republican party in Washington obey, and it ain't us, believe me. It's the boys and girls about a mile down the road:


Washington is unsalvageable. About the only hope our country has comes from the states and the 10th Amendment.
18 posted on 01/16/2013 12:32:25 PM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: Kaslin
The GOPe doesn't care if conservatives move on because they are perfectly happy cutting deals with their Democrat pals. They could care less if they destroy this country, as long as they can hang on to some power.
19 posted on 01/16/2013 12:48:47 PM PST by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: COBOL2Java

Or a complete collapse. I agree with you 100%!

LLS


20 posted on 01/16/2013 12:52:15 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Too bad there isn’t room for Warren, Knight”

Man, are you old!

You forgot William Brennan.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 7:29:43 PM PST by Pelham (Treason, it's not just for Democrats anymore.)
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