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The Republican Establishment Wants a New People

German Marxist Bertholt Brecht responded to the suggestion that the government had lost the confidence of the people with the quip: "If that is the case, would it not be be simpler, If the government simply dissolved the people And elected another?"

Apparently, the GOP establishment has been reading Brecht. Pollster/commentator Scot Rasmussen writes Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters:

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.

[NB: I think Rasmussen understates the problem here. Mourdock’s statement about abortion and rape was a principled reaction to an excruciating moral and ethical issue, and he deserved respect whether or not one agreed with his stand. In my opinion, the Republican establishment was waiting to pounce on him, because its members wanted him defeated so that they could then blame the loss on the Tea Parties. When a Democrat says something stupid — an hourly occurrence — the party rallies around and defends him/her. When a Republican conservative says something intelligent and honest, the establishment throws the first rock, and the second and third.]

Rasmussen goes on:

That’s why more than two-thirds of Republican voters believe GOP officials in Washington have lost touch with the party’s base.

The Republican establishment has two choices. They can act as mature party leaders of a national political party, or they can protect their own self-interest.

Mature party leaders would spend a lot more time listening to Republican voters rather than further insulating themselves from those voters. They would try to understand why just 37 percent of Republicans nationwide believe the economy is fair. They would give serious thought to why just half of GOP voters have a favorable opinion of House Speaker John Boehner, the highest-ranking elected Republican in the nation. They would acknowledge that government spending in America has gone up in every year since 1954 regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats are in charge.

Then mature party leaders would chart a realistic course to address these concerns and share those plans with the voters. To succeed, this course would have to include some painful medicine for the establishment, such as giving up corporate welfare programs that benefit their friends and allies. It also would require helping Republican voters identify primary candidates who challenge the establishment but could be effective on the campaign trail.

This is a much tougher course to follow; one that would benefit the party and the nation. Unfortunately, by seeking to protect the insiders from the voters, all indications are that most establishment Republicans would rather blame the voters and keep their perks.

Rasmussen is one of the most perceptive political analysts. The implicit message here is that the Republican Party may not be salvageable, and that the need for a new structure is growing apace. Let us hope that Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Allen West, and some others are reading his columns.

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  • Leroy Whitby

    We all know the score. That’s the frustrating thing about politics today. Anyone that is rational and educated knows that the system has become corrupt. Palin has been talking about it and actually successfully taking it on for years. The low information voters are the stumbling block in the general and the corrupt Republican establishment and the money they can raise are the enemy in the primary. Hopefully Rove’s wasted 400 million has made some of the big donors question the value of the establishment strategy and more willing to work with conviction politicians that might be better for them . . . than Obama and Reid.

  • cbenoistd

    The following appeared in 2010.,-Arrogance,-and-Attrition;-a-Tale-of-3-Primaries.html

    "The RNC, NRSC, and the GOP stalwarts are having a particularly
    embarrassing year this year. Thus far the beltway establishment has:

    Supported Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey

    Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio

    Lisa Murkowski over Joe Miller

    Trey Grayson over Rand Paul

    Mike Castle over Christine O’Donnell

    Anybody and everybody over Sharron Angle…"

    During 2009, Sarah Palin almost single-handedly kept the Republican Party alive, and she got some help in 2010. Her reward came in August 2012. We got ours three months later.

    • socon

      I agree.  Romney’s 2012 campaign was just the latest GOP effort to screw us over.

      Romney earned his humiliating defeat.

  • Isabel Matos

    This what I am thinking along the lines of our GOP establishment leaders, the so-called Republicans like Colin Powell, and the rest of the insiders including the DC Pundits WHO I am SICK OF putting down the party. They are CONFUSED!! 

    WE-the-People are the ones who have the message right, thank you very much! And the principles we favor and support are NOT racist, intolerant or extreme. So to all the RINOS who think we’re going down because we’re not moderate enough, JUST GET THE HECK OUT OF THE We-the-PEOPLE-BASHING BUSINESS, and GET A CLUE or A LIFE, will ya???!!!!

    Specifically to Mr. Powell I have this advice for him today after reading his comments: EXIT the R party and start your own C (for Cocktail) Party, Colin!! We dont’ need or want you!

    He just boils my blood!!  This is the article in which he insinuates we are intolerant.  Good G.r.I.E.F. this man is out of touch!!!

    As far as Rasmussen is concerned, I disagree the party is not salvageable if that is what he is implying like you said, James, but I do believe he does NOT go far enough!

    This party is just in he sorriest shape it has ever been, but surely we can take these goons on who are at the helm (who is at the helm, anyway.. isn’t it BUSH Liberal Republican Progressive Inc?)

    Sarah has been laying low. This is perfect because IT SHOWS how badly the party has been doing without her high-profile presence in it. She is in an excellent position by not being associated with the failures. So, just for the record, after having entertained the thought of a Third Party, I do not think the answer for that reason alone (I am not sure if that is what you were implying, James).

    We have the TRUTH on our side. Let them try to hijack the message (again)! Go ahead, MAKE MY DAY, gutless RINO wonders! None of you speak for me!

  • DocBarry1

    let’s hope – I just wish and pray that Gov Palin will communicate to us where she is at re Politics – if she is all in that is exactly what I pray and hope for – but if she is through with all of these attacks and doesn’t want to run again – which I hope is not true, she provides us with this information.

    • Laddie_Blah_Blah

      Sarah is the only one with enough national stature and prestige to lead a successful reform movement.  There are some other possibilities, like Ted Cruz, but no one else has the credibility and record of reform possessed by the governor.

      Unlike Ross Perot, the governor cannot fund a reform movement on her own.  If she had that kind of money, I think she would already have started one.  She would have the RINO establishment against her (heck, they already are), the moneyed class, the corrupt media, academia, grievance feminists, anti-religious bigots, and the greedy feeders already bloating themselves at the public trough.

      If anyone can lead a mass movement of reform against that sorry litany of nitwits, she’s the one.

      • DocBarry1

        I agree 100% she is the one! But she has to want to be the one – let’s hope and pray that she does – it is my hope that she, at the very least, informs us of – What she is thinking

  • Gary

    Imagine the GOP’s distress when a true conservative party challenges them and exposes their toxic corruption.  Let them split the idiot vote with the Marxist-Leninists.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    "Unfortunately, by seeking to protect the insiders from the voters, all indications are that most establishment Republicans would rather blame the voters and keep their perks."

    Yesterday I got another call from the RNC, looking for money.  The poor schmo who made that phone call got an earful from me.  They will not get another cent from me until and unless they start to represent the grass roots interests of their own party members, rather than the ambitions of people like good ole boys Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush.

    Sarah has been very, very quiet lately.  I hope that when she breaks her silence, she comes out with both barrels blasting away.  There is little to no hope of reforming an organization so thoroughly corrupt.  Better to blast it clean away and start from scratch.  Jeb, Karl, Nicole, Boehner – they can form their own party.  In a way, they already have.  Time for the rest of us to get our own.

  • nkthgreek

    If the GOPe doesn’t like the views of its constituents, they can switch to the Democrat Party. We won’t miss ‘em. 

    • Christopher H Fromme

      Arlen Specter did that in PA in 2009 but then the Dem’s said no to him in the 210 primary  that was won by Joe Sestak  which is who then lost to now Sen Pat Toomey 

  • Norcalo

    If Lincoln came back I would be a Republican. But that will never happen. It is time for a NEW party. And not a 3rd party, a NEW one.

  • hrandym

    If Lincoln came back, I would be a Democrat.  Lincoln was a horrible president.  He oversaw the greatest tragedy this Nation has experienced.  He could have prevented the infamous war, but he chose not to for political, and Federal revenue, reasons.  The excessive taxation on Southern trade with Europe filled the coffers in New York and Washington at the expense of the South.  To his credit, he was the first to successfully play the race card.

    These parties have changed significantly since the 1860’s. History has been so twisted that it has become incongruous.  Everyone has their favorite tale to tell.  The truth might not be as beautiful as some of the heroic tales, but it would certainly be more instructive.

  • Fiannaman

    Everyone complains about the establishment yet you keep voting the same people into office. Isn’t that the definition on insanity. Democrats tend not to complain about the people who they vote into office.

  • kateorjane

    When I read this type of article – how the GOP is so upset with its base and how we won’t cooperate – I have to wonder if they’re really that stupid or just so desperate to hang on to their jobs.

    If we try to elect members who are different that they are, shouldn’t that be a wake-up call to incumbents that they are not doing what we wanted them to do?  If they think they have the right to shut the voters out of candidate selection it’s hard to understand why they expect the voters to care if they get elected. 

  • BrianusBerkleianus


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