Grassroots Conservatives Stage GOP Intervention

 

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Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.

Let’s face facts: you have been favoring your holy trinity of DC elites, Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce at the expense of your principled-conservative base for too long. Somebody has to go and if it’s not going to be politically-connected elites then it’s going to be someone who can’t do without: working-class families. In other words, us.

The choice is yours. To be competitive you must resist the temptation to look back toward your old cronies who are only holding you down. You’re better than them anyway. They’ll always have the Democrats to turn to anyway — better supply line, etc.

It’s clear that you’ve been in denial. That’s okay. Understandable, even. You’ve been doing admirably well at winning nickel-and-dime governorships. Ensuring that the party wasn’t poisoned by the Affordable Care Act by denying it even a single Republican vote in Congress was a nice move. Something for people to talk about and so forth. But if you’re going to survive as a party you need to make changes — big changes.

So, what are the nuts and bolts of it? Well, the Import-Export Bank for example? Gone, as in John-Edwards gone. Waiting to repeal Obamacare’s medical device tax on behalf of your cronies before repealing the mandate on your real friends — individuals? History.

And another thing: it’s time you stopped trying to shift the blame onto Democrats for government shutdowns and started taking credit for them, at least until such a time that the government is sufficiently small that we can actually take pride in it. It’s a heavy lift, I know. To get through this you’ll need to look forward. Forward to a time when visiting our nation’s capital fills Americans with civic pride rather than symbolic dread of Leviathan. And we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Otherwise, we’re going to start hanging out with Switzerland.

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  1. PHCheese Inactive
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    Dave ,are you the guy with the glasses and the bald spot in the shot?

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  2. Son of Spengler Contributor
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    Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

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  3. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Genius. Thank you.

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  4. David Deeble Member
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    PHCheese – I’m out of frame spiking the punch: it’s the sort of back-room deal I deplore.

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  5. Jimmy Carter Member
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    “Okay. Last time.

    This is government spending.

    This is America on government spending.

    Any questions?”

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  6. BrentB67 Inactive
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    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    This is my fear also. The most baffling thing about the omnibus fiasco isn’t that it happened, but when it happened.

    Every news site, poll, etc. has shown Trump leading and times where Cruz, Carson, and Fiorina plus Trump >60% of the support. Any sane person looks at that stops to think for 10 seconds:

    The status quo isn’t working. Business as usual is in last place. Maybe this isn’t the time to fold up a like a Wal Mart lawn chair. At least we have to make it look like a fight.

    Not this crew. Not Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn. They are sitting in their wing back leather chairs saying:

    Oh yeah. They want Trump or that loud mouth idiot Cruz? Well screw ’em. Give Pelosi and Reid whatever they want, get it to Obama’s desk and let’s get home for the holiday fund raisers. That’ll show ’em.

    I think you are correct. It may have to get much worse before it gets better.

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  7. MLH Inactive
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    Like!

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  8. PHCheese Inactive
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    Mungo like spiked punch.

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  9. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    They won’t hit rock bottom until we raise the floor. They’re falling, they deny it. The sooner the collective GOPe face hits the deck, the better off we’ll all be.

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  10. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    The RINOs are going down.

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  11. PHCheese Inactive
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    Lois Lerner killed the tea party. That may have been our last chance. RINOs will go DEMOCRATIC before giving up power.

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  12. Tim Wright Inactive
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    I’m not worried about a third party campaign. At this point, I just want to see a genuine second party campaign. But I’m not holding my breath. If you won’t see the light even after being hit with a tire iron, then you don’t want to change. So at this point I’m with Lenin: The worse, the better.

    Tim

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  13. aardo vozz Member
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    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    This assumes,of course,that it survives as a political party.

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  14. Vald the Misspeller Inactive
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    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    Looks like Governor Martinez isn’t ready to embrace sobriety quite yet. Maybe after the New Year’s party.

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  15. David Deeble Member
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    Based on her proclivity to getting her drink on I assume Governor Martinez serves as her own secret service detail.

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  16. EJHill Podcaster
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    Had a very depressing family reunion last night. My Acela Corridor relatives were in town for a Christmas get together, regaling me with stories on how they’re going to elect Jeb! the next president.

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  17. David Knights Member
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    EJHill:Had a very depressing family reunion last night. My Acela Corridor relatives were in town for a Christmas get together, regaling me with stories on how they’re going to elect Jeb! the next president.

    OK, I need to know, how much had they been drinking?  No sober person could ever make such a statement.

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  18. Brad2971 Member
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    aardo vozz:

    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    This assumes,of course,that it survives as a political party.

    And we have another person who’s so infatuated with their own revolutionary nonsense that they can’t read their own political side’s history.

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  19. Metalheaddoc Member
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    The GOP is actively shunning it’s most loyal member of the base, in favor for sucking up to the special interest lobbyists, open borders crowd and Wall Street, all of which will gladly turn tail and support Democrats if it serves them. The GOP simply cannot out-crony, out-amnesty and out-liberal the liberals and foolish to try.

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  20. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    Metalheaddoc:The GOP is actively shunning it’s most loyal member of the base, in favor for sucking up to the special interest lobbyists, open borders crowd and Wall Street, all of which will gladly turn tail and support Democrats if it serves them. The GOP simply cannot out-crony, out-amnesty and out-liberal the liberals and foolish to try.

    This x 1000.

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  21. Mike LaRoche Inactive
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    aardo vozz:

    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    This assumes,of course,that it survives as a political party.

    Indeed. That hive of scum and villainy can’t disband soon enough.

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  22. Son of Spengler Contributor
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    Martinez seems intent on putting the “party” back into the Republican Party.

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  23. Tommy De Seno Contributor
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    This is fantastic!

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  24. Man With the Axe Inactive
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    David Knights:

    EJHill:Had a very depressing family reunion last night. My Acela Corridor relatives were in town for a Christmas get together, regaling me with stories on how they’re going to elect Jeb! the next president.

    OK, I need to know, how much had they been drinking? No sober person could ever make such a statement.

    Exactly. Even an avid Jeb supporter (and I’ve never met one) can’t make that claim unless under the influence, if not of alcohol, of fever dreams.

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  25. George Savage Contributor
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    David, Many thanks for crystallizing the sense of millions as we watch  the never-ending disconnect between Republicans on the hustings and behavior once in office.

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  26. Big Green Inactive
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    Well, the individual mandate has exactly 0% chance of being repealed with the current executive in office. Should they have waited to repeal the medical device tax (which is something that can actually get done) until the individual mandate can be repealed? That sounds silly to me.

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  27. KiminWI Member
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    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    What if rock bottom for the GOP coincides with rock bottom for the country?

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  28. Michael Stopa Contributor
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    Very enjoyable post, David. Thanks!

    Wish only that you had added that the elite will now have to abandon their dream of endless cheap labor from across the border. But maybe that would have been trite.

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  29. BrentB67 Inactive
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    KiminWI:

    Son of Spengler:Color me skeptical. I don’t think the GOP will be ready to sober up until it’s hit rock bottom.

    What if rock bottom for the GOP coincides with rock bottom for the country?

    Sometimes that is necessary in discovering the error of one’s way.

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  30. David Deeble Member
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    Tommy De Seno:This is fantastic!

    I’m glad you enjoyed it, Tommy.

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