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The Republican Crisis (and the Nation’s)

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 Codevilla’s 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 party’s” 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 Newt’s point on the absurdity of Rove’s 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.

and adds:

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 Codevilla’s new essay . . . .

Richard also reinforces a point made in Codevilla’s 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 Thatcher’s classic phrase, "sooner or later [socialists] run out of other people’s 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 doesn’t 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.

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  • john norton

    The GOPe lacks leadership… ~ !

  • Guest

    Say where did my comment go… ?

  • section9

    Codevilla’s analysis was dead-on, as if Richard Fernandez over at the always entertaining Belmont Club.

    One of the conclusions that Palin came to before she decided not to run was that both parties would have conspired to undo her. That was implicit in what she was saying in Indianola and we were so anxious to see her run that we couldn’t read between the lines.

    The differences between Jeb Bush and Obama are less important than the similarities between the two men. Both will sacrifice your liberty for their security and increased wealth and power. I also believe that Obama doesn’t want the Clintons taking the party back and wouldn’t mind seeing her lose, as long as the Bush family reconciled the GOP to Obamacare the way Eisenhower reconciled the Republicans to Social Security in the Fifties. I believe that’s the deal. Obama installed Obamacare; Jeb will "iron out the kinks".

    See how it works?

    This is what Palin is fighting against.

    What I wrote over on Belmont is that we are approaching a crisis that is similar to the environment after the Compromise of 1850, when the Government refused to take any kind of substantive stand over limiting the expansion of slavery in the territories. Dred Scott and bloody Kansas was soon to follow.
    We have a political class that has abdicated any serious attempt at governance. Both parties are complicit in this negligence. The Democrats are only temporarily at an advantage but they are starting to run out of time. The Republicans want just as much swag and loot as the Dems do, only for their cronies.
    There is simmering disgust in the country. 2012 was no ringing reaffirmation for Obama and the Democrats.
    Into such an environment, a revolutionary figure can walk and sieze the day. The Compromise of 1850 collapsed the Whigs and gave birth to a new dawn and a new birth of freedom: the GOP, Abolition, and the end of human slavery on the North American Continent.
    The United States faces insolvency and a yawning chasm of debt and penury. The GOP has no serious answer and the Democrats are in power and patting each other on the back as they count up their money.
    It may be time for a new party after all.

    • n4cerinc

      Had to Share this!

      • section9

        Thank you for the positive feedback.

    • Norcalo

      It is absolutely time for a new party. And never say 3rd party, say New Party, which, in fact, would be a good name for it. IMHO a New Party which ran Dr. Carson And Sarah Palin for Pres & VP (in any order) would walk away with a stunning victory in 2016. People are across the board disgusted with the D and R parties; I know, I’ve talked to a lot of people.

    • Patriot41

      It is long past the time for a new party, as citizens of this country have truly lost their right to representative government which has been seized by party leaders, who totally ignore the will of the people. We no longer have a democracy or a Republic and function thus, in name only.

  • patnatasha

    the gope want to be just like the dems.

  • 56Survivor

    "The party of me too"…….perfect description f the GOPe!

  • $7566967

    I’m betting that the Dems will win back the House, increase their majority in the Senate, and win most of the governorships. Why? The answer: Karl Rove. It’s clear that the GOPe would rather lose to Democrats than support conservatives. I’ve never seen a more blatant example of a circular firing squad in my life.

    I’d be amazed if the GOP still exists in 2016. I personally think that a good thing, because the party is worthless. I hope Sarah – or Ted Cruz – helps form a new conservative party and runs as its standard bearer in 2016.

    • bucky321

      i don’t believe all this will happen in the next 2 yrs

  • K-Bob

    The Codevilla link has some junk at the end that results in 404.

    (Folks can just backspace over that in their browsers and the remainder is still good)

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