Skip to comments.Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters [Scott Rasmussen]
Posted on 01/13/2013 7:33:08 AM PST by EternalVigilance
Official Washington hailed the deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff as a significant bipartisan accomplishment. However, voters around the country viewed the deal in very partisan terms: Seven out of 10 Democrats approved of it, while seven...of 10 Republicans disapproved.
Just a few days after reaching that agreement, an inside-the-Beltway publication reported another area of bipartisan agreement...while Washington Democrats have always viewed GOP voters as a problem, Washington Republicans "in many a post-election soul-searching session" have come to agree. More precisely, the article said the party's Election 2012 failures have "brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem."
As seen from the halls of power, the problem is that Republican voters think it's OK to replace incumbent senators and congressman who don't represent the views of their constituents. In 2012, for example, Republican voters in Indiana dumped longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in a primary battle.
This infuriated establishment Republicans for two reasons. First, because they liked Lugar and the way he worked. Second, because the replacement candidate was flawed and allowed Democrats to win what should have been a safe Republican seat.
So, according to Politico, the Washington team is gearing up a new effort to protect incumbents and limit the ability of Republican voters to successfully challenge establishment candidates.
That makes sense to those whose sole goal is winning a majority in Congress rather than changing the course of government policy. Seen from the outside, though, it sounds like the professional politicians are saying that the only way to win is to pick more candidates like the insiders. Hearing that message, the reaction of many Republican and conservative voters is, "Why bother?"
That's why more than two-thirds of Republican voters believe GOP officials in Washington have lost touch with the party's base.
(Excerpt) Read more at rasmussenreports.com ...
Oh this will work out well for the GOP establishment.
Hello Whig Party....
Just how many liberal and moderate gop senate candidates lost?
Talk about old news, decades old news...
That does it...I’m registering as an Independent. Screw the GOP.
So, according to Politico, the Washington team is gearing up a new effort to protect incumbents and limit the ability of Republican voters to successfully challenge establishment candidates
It’s been done for a while now. That’s how we got Mutt as a candidate.
Lots and lots.
The Republican voter base is in an abusive relationship with the GOPe. It’s time for the base to file for divorce. And a restraining order.
Snowe, Brown and Lugar were replaced by Cruz, Flake and Fischer.
They hate that!
Rove and Romney and Boehner are NOT satisfied
with ruining TWO elections and placing the Tyrant
The GOP is the enemy of Conservatives.
Good riddance to them!
We have anarchy now!
Time to End the anarchy and form a new
What more can the GOPe do?
They have already successfully shoved mcLame and then milt down our throats.
Of interest PING!
I used to believe that our only option was to reclaim the Republican Party. Now, I think we'd have about the same chance taking over the Democrat Party. Hence, our best option is another Party.
Isn't that the whole purpose behind "government of the people, by the people and for the people" or am I missing something?
Besides, all they do with the majorities we hand them is to continue our march off the cliff, or else cave and surrender. Who needs the GOP elite when they can't win the game with the players we send in?
Screw 'em. We'll keep throwing out bums and losers, again and again and again, until we get results, dammit!
Problem is that the GOP-E is trying to rig the primaries so that we can't do it anymore. That's the point of the original story referenced by Rasmussen:
We still pay attention to Rasmussen?
I gave up on the GOP a couple months ago. I plan to vote for candidates of the American Conservative Party and anyone else who represents my viewpoints. I know that the GOP doesn't.
We listen to politico?
Yeah, what a bunch of antidisestablishmentarianism!
When we agree with him.
Hey, this is Free Republic!
Trying to protect the party, eh, by questioning the messengers?
The problem is that too many of our little Republican primary voters are themselves establishment or establishment-wannabees, the kind receptive to Jebbie for 2016 because “only he can win.”
I didn’t leave the GOP, they left me.
If the GOP wants to fix it's primary problem, they wouldn't let just anyone vote in "open primaries".
The die hard apologists will always be around. They're still parading in Moscow, pining for Vladimir, for goodness sake.
Well, we certainly got more than a full dose of that last year.
On an another note, why do we allow Iowa and New Hampshire pick our candidate? They don’t vote for them in the general!!
I says screw the GOPe, not the GOP. No third party has a chance of success, except to guarantee a Communist victory. We must defeat the GOPe in the primaries and elect more Republicans like Ted Cruz. Taking back the GOP - perhaps with a handful of Conservative independent candidates who will caucus on the Right side of the aisle - is the only road to success.
Senate Target Number One: Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
House Target Number One: Phil Gingrey of Georgia
Flake is better than them two earmark loving, pork fondling Republicrats from Mississippi. But I am still not convinced that he is any better than Kyle. I sure hope so, but only time will tell.
Yep, patriotic American conservatives have been some of the most despised people in the country (and the world) for a while now. We’re the thorn in the side of the totalitarians that never completely goes away.
My wife and I changed our registration from stupid party to independent two weeks ago. Liberating and refreshing!
They truly are stupid. Without the base, they will never win control. But then, I think the GOP establishment prefers to be in the minority.
That's either more proof of a SCREAMING need for a third party, or that America really is lost to the statists(collectivists). Which do you believe?
I believe we stand on principles or whats the sense of voting, since they`d ALL be statists any way?
Further evidence that this nation is being run by two criminal organizations...the Republican and Democratic parties.
I think their internal polls tell them that enough people will stay. We are sadly, a minority; most of their supporters are the GOP equivalent of low-information voters.
Zero sympathy. Plenty of folks had their traps shut when Dubya was enacting liberal policies. Seems a bit “johnny come lately” that, when a D is in the White House supporting those very same policies - hello amnesty -, a stink is finally raised.
The GOP is dead. People like Karl Rove killed it.
Sarah Palin now leads a Third Party whether she knows it or not.
Absolutely. Hence my tagline.
The other two state Reps (R's) voted against.
I sent my Rep a scathing email and pointed out that he may face the issue in 2014.
He sent a reply (boilerplated, I'm sure) about how desperate Washington was about avoiding the fiscal cliff, yada yada yada. And that was why HE voted for it.
My wife and I are independents. I've not voted for a Democrat in 40 years, and my campaign contributions have always gone exclusively to the GOP (they are now stopping) but I'm an independent.
"In 1835, under President Andrew Jackson, the US Federal Budget was balanced and the National Debt was paid in full. This has never happened since."
Andrew Jackson was a Democrat, so there is always hope!
Unfortunately you and your wife will be unable to help us elect conservatives in the primary. You have just helped to hand over the country to the GOPe
as Goober used to say................”well gaahhh......LEE!!!!
you nailed it best!!
Wonder when and IF ALL conservatives will “get it?”
Who would lead such a party? I say DeMint is the only viable candidate for such a position. I would say Cruz but he has a birther issue, I think? Then, whoever came out on top would need to keep Repulican(e’s) OUT in order to not dilute a new third party’s effectiveness.
Another I would darn sure vote for would be West! Hmmm.......a Demint/West ticket, or visa versa! Think I would have died and gone to heaven to ever see that!
Unfortunately the majority of the “Republican establishment”, that includes most of the elected Republican US Senators and quite a few of the Republican US House members, would love to stay in the minority but keep their sinecures. Then we have idiots like Karl Rove ...
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.