Skip to comments.Get Rid of the Republican Establishment, Once and for All
Posted on 12/27/2012 1:20:29 PM PST by IbJensen
Here's a New Year's wish I would love to see come true. However it is defined or however many people are part of it, it is time to send the giant never-ending "GOP Establishment" made up of some professional politicians, some moneyed nouveaux riche who -- by virtue of their contributions and the faux friendships it buys with politicians -- consider themselves political landed gentry and the endless scam artist consultants they support packing.
As previously stated, I thought Mitt Romney to be a better candidate than did many observers. That said, the recent revelations in news articles that claim to chronicle the Romney campaign reinforce the idea that the "silk underwear" branch of the GOP just doesn't get it.
The emerging story of a candidate who really didn't want to run in the first place and consultants who never listened to pleas from his own family to humanize the man so that everyday people could "feel like he understands them" just makes conservatives and the GOP faithful sick. They once again spent their hard-earned money and endless time backing another Republican nominee who had no prayer of connecting with the average voter. Never mind that he was, at closer examination, a young man of privilege who outgrew his silver spoon to create his own hard-earned fortune, his case was never properly made.
And why is that? The answer is the current class of Republican "experts" and "consultants" who constantly blow into somewhere outside of their self-indulgent D.C. bubble and believe that they really do understand the "average American" in the 21st century. They do not.
Same for the well-entrenched elected officials, many of whom have gone from scrappy challengers of the status quo to fat and happy potentates. The so-called "experts" just sell any sort of snake oil a candidate or elected official and his loyal leeches will swallow. Hence, terrible focus-group-driven commercials, poor strategy in message and a "get out the vote" effort about as technologically advanced as the telegraph and with all the planning for contingencies as the Hurricane Katrina emergency efforts.
Until Republicans get rid of the inherent haughtiness of their operations, nothing will change. I've always described the GOP Establishment as a bunch who will hold a fundraiser, say, with an incumbent Republican president (don't hold your breath for that again anytime soon) or a nominee, or a governor's inauguration -- you name it -- with one unmentioned thing in mind: themselves. They inevitably make the event like one of those toys with endless boxes within boxes, each smaller than the one before it. That's how they do their big "fundraisers." There's the massive box, holding the masses -- where from the distance of a football field one might catch a fleeting glimpse or hear a bit of a speech or event.
From there on, the boxes get smaller and smaller -- and more elaborate. One huge amount gets you into a private reception; the next more expensive one warrants a 10 second photograph with the political star; then there's the price-busting one that gets you a 30 person private audience -- in which every dupe there fails to note that the leader of the free world or the top person in their state listens, speaks, leaves and likely forgets the whole thing five minutes later.
Oh, and then there is that last box. It's reserved for the same snooty creatures who have run everything in their subdivision of the GOP forever. They often are there because they helped take everyone else's money! But regardless, they are there, in the most private of rooms with the highest of public leaders, just hanging out. They are a small, cozy group -- the elite of the elite. Sort of like today's Republican Party -- a small, cozy group.
If I have to read one more story about some Republican official's great golf handicap or how much they all enjoy the private company of one another, I think I'll be sick.
Republicans need to retool their image and their mindset. Just shed all the king's trappings and some of the king's men. Keep the hardworking and in-touch ones, bring in fresh faces, understand the mindset of the next generation, but more than anything articulate what they stand for and, damn it, stand for it.
A little fire in the belly and purpose for being elected and holding office in the first place could at least start to get the GOP turned around before it really is too late.
A NEW AMERICA
a NEW PARTY, The Tea Party for America
Obama will groan along with the rotting corpse of the DemocRAT Socialist Party and the unrepentent Republicrat establishment!
Agreed. We need to rid ourselves of these varmints.
I’m all for dumping establishment Republicans and going all in for Tea Pary candidates such as Sarah Palin.
I’m all for dumping establishment Republicans and going all in for Tea Party candidates such as Sarah Palin.
What if everything we have been told is wrong including we need to vote GOP or we will lose?
Happy New Year
From Boner’s cold, dead hands.
Blah blah blah blah New Party blah blah hate the GOP-e blah blah blah.
We hear this virtually ever single election cycle and it isn't going to happen. Why do you need a new 3rd party anyway? There are LOTS of 3rd party's already out there just waiting for you to join and help them reach critical mass (which isn't going happen). You can join the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, all manner of independent party's, etc, etc.
There's ALWAYS an establishment in a political party. You can replace it with a group of people you like better, but then they become the establishment.
The only 3rd party's with the name Tea Party will be the fake ones the Democrats create to confuse people. Obama would not groan if Tea Party folks actually created a new party, he'd laugh at the stupidity of such a thing.
There isn't going to be a viable 3rd party in our 2 party system. It's happened only once in these couple hundred years and the new party simply became the 2nd leg of our two party system. You want change, you are going to have to do it from within the Republican party - and you are going to have to accept that a large portion of the party members are not very conservative and simply don't agree with a lot of us conservatives on FR.
You realize that hundreds of thousands of people vote 3rd party every election cycle - and they always lose. So it seems like a good bet that what you're being told about that is exactly right.
I’m with you!
Let’s revisit this about halfway through Bronco’s fifth year in office.
The Republicrats can’t even come up with a viable candidate who has fire and purpose. Those in Congress are so busy ‘reaching out’ to their opponents on the opposite side that they’re looking like they’re light in their loafers.
Bi-partisanship is impossible in any situation and especially now with a large chunk of the Democrats being members of the communist party. (Maxine Waters, et al)
This nation is sinking fast, but not to worry. It will be supplanted by a nation that will be pleasing to all our current enemies. It will be emasculated by the castrator-in-chief and his minions. Bagging the balls will be the Republicrats.
The only chance that a polite society will have will be to syphon off votes from the two ‘establishment’ parties in order to rule properly.
I have reached the point where I would just as soon lose with a third party as lose with Republicans.
There is a difference?
I’m afraid there won’t be another Presidential election, much less one a conservative candidate can win. We are all Socialists now, involuntarily. I see only one way to overthrow this dictatorship, and it isn’t pretty.
I don't disagree with you. Your not wrong, this country is in deep trouble. The problem is the public isn't with us. Once upon a time there was probably a silent majority of traditional right of center people that would react when pushed by the left (think Reagan Democrats), but there isn't anymore. The old generations are dead or dying off, the new ones (along with the Hispanic immigrants) are far more accepting of the secular, socialist vision that the left and their allies in the media/Hollywood are pushing on this nation. In fact, if anything, the typical non-voting "adult" these days is even MORE likely to approve of Obama and populist left politics.
We've lost, for now anyway. A new party isn't going to do us any good, it would only serve to further split the right of center population in this country. You can already join a whole bunch of existing 3rd party's, but what good will that do? I think what you really want is a revolutionary (perhaps secessionist/separatist) party - unfortunately there is just no appetite for that in this country. Not nearly enough to make any impact right now anyway.
It's about time for them to go the way of the Whigs.
Stuff it. your way just failed spectacularly with a lib heading up the GOP and emboldened that GOP to cave yet again. And why shouldn’t he? he has plenty of people who believe the same thing you do.
No reason for him to do what’s right when you make being wrong so consequence free. And that is EXACTLY what your excuses do.
You do realize that every four years, millions of utterly gullible voters sell their souls and blindly cast their votes for the RINO losers of the GOP Establishment. Apparently you are one of them.
Yet you hold out hope that principled conservatives will somehow return to vote for such despicable and worthless candidates as Bush (New World Order) the Elder, Dole (Tax Collector for the Welfare State), Mushball Weathervane McCain and that 2012 utterly unprincipled boob, serial liar and enthusiastic babykiller Romney.
That is all over now. I cannot tell you how liberating it was in 2012 to not vote for either major party candidate for the first time in a long adult life.
Unless and until the GOP comes around, dumps the GOP-E, and nominates a candidate worth voting for, I intend to repeat my non-support for the feckless, brainless, unprincipled $$$cans and their embarrassing POTUS candidates who reflect the corruption of the sorry likes of Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy, McConnell, etc.
As presently constituted, the Republican Party can go straight to hell where it belongs.
I agree with you.
We hear this big talk every election cycle, no one cares. A few hundred thousands folks vote 3rd party or write in every election cycle and they have no effect on anything.
The sad truth is that the more conservatives give up on the GOP, the faster it will move to the new center. That's what political party's do - especially in a 2 party system like ours. The culture is moving left, and the more conservatives give up the more the Republican party will began to mirror the "conservatives" in Europe. The "middle" is shifting (especially on social issues). The GOP's next course of action will probably be to cede many of the social issues and focus more on fiscal/economic concerns.
Yes were in a lot of trouble now. When people don’t consider our country and will vote to line their pockets till it all breaks down....see California and Illinois..this republic may be over as we know it.
We will soon have 20 trillion in debt. If interest rates tick up to a modest 5% that a trillion a year....just in interest.