Skip to comments.The Republican Crisis (and the Nationís)
Posted on 02/25/2013 10:05:11 PM PST by Bratch
Richard Fernandez, who writes as Belmont Club at PJMedia, has a good entry on the current state of the Republican Party. He riffs on Angelo Codevillas fine recent essay As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned, and adds to it his thoughts on the recent Rove-Gingrich exchange.
Richard notes that the Democrats have been the party of income transfers for a long time. Their political genius has been to define the beneficiaries to include themselves and all their constituents.
Now the Republican establishment wants to be:
[T]he party of me too. Or more accurately, me next. The complete emptiness of what has come to be known as the stupid partys opportunism was described by Newt Gingrich in his denunciation of Karl Rove recently. Gingrich argued that Republican political strategy simply amounted to paying Rove do the lying while pretending to stand for anything in other words, shut up and let Rove win it then take your turn at the swill trough and be generous.
Richard quotes Newts point on the absurdity of Roves focus on the Senate races in Missouri and Indiana:
Republicans lost winnable senate races in Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. So in seven of the nine losing races, the Rove model has no candidate-based explanation for failure. Our problems are deeper and more complex than candidates. . . . Handing millions to Washington based consultants to destroy the candidates they dislike and nominate the candidates they do like is an invitation to cronyism, favoritism and corruption.
Gingrich is right, but he is in fact late to the party. The idea that fightback would have to begin with taking back the parties was begun earlier. One of those who adopted this insurgent, attack from the primaries strategy is well known to the Belmont Club: Leo Linbeck III. He is at least partially referenced in Codevillas new essay . . . .
Richard also reinforces a point made in Codevillas piece, that The establishment candidates who have survived dissident challenges have seldom done it through sheer cash, but rather by fuzzing the differences between themselves and the dissidents.
The Democrats have their own problems, though. In Margaret Thatchers classic phrase, sooner or later [socialists] run out of other peoples money, or, as Richard says: The Democrats are embroiled in their own revolt as people wait for the payoff that never comes; the access that doesnt quite materialize, the big slice from the disappearing pie.
In other words, the Democrats multiple constituencies have become so self-righteously greedy that they are indifferent to the destruction of the productive system that subsides them. Eventually, as the pie shrinks, their needs (or what they see as their rights) must come into conflict. The current inability of the political system to contemplate any spending reductions shows the Democrats dilemma. They have repealed the old maxim To govern is to choose.
The major question at the moment is whether the Democratic interest groups are so ignorant that they incapable of understanding the implications of their interest-group-based political philosophy. We can only hope not, which means it is the job of conservatives to explain it to them convincingly.
We cannot build a political party on the hope that we can outbid the Democrats by multiplying special interest favors. We must convince the special interests that most of them must lose a game that destroys long term productivity and stability in the hopes of short-term payoffs.
This is not an easy task, and it is made harder by the ruthless Alinskyite skill with which the Left attacks everyone (especially Palin) who presents the truth. Despite the attacks, I think Palin may well be the most important politician in the nation precisely because she is trusted to tell the truth as she sees it, without triangulating about how it might help come crony.
--- William James
The Gop establishment and the media didn’t want Reagan either said he couldn’t win Tom Dewey the establishment thought could win he lost twice.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the business as usual politicians are trying to save their own skins and the skins of those who make large campaign contributions.
That means Republicans are more concerned about a stable world economic order and will play ball with Obama on deals to keep the illusion of a stable economy alive for as long as possible.
Neither party is willing to do because it would upset the apple carts of its supporters from labor and business, but WE NEED A BALANCED BUDGET IMMEDIATELY WITH NO EXCUSES OR NO EXCEPTIONS........
IF THE GOP WILL SUPPORT A BALANCED BUDGET NOW I WILL SUPPORT THEM, OTHERWISE I HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS.
‘THE BALANCED BUDGET NOW PARTY’?????????
I pray to God that Sarah Palin is sitting by the fire in a snowbound cabin in the distant north, strategizing and planning and plotting for the future.
She has the popularity, she has the reputation for truthfulness and she has the undying support of the “real” Tea Party movement. She could move mountains if she wished.
I pray that she wishes to do so — and will, soon.