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Plug “GOP Establishment” into Google and you get 362,000 results. Try “GOPe” and you get 373,000 more. Everyone hates them, but who and what is the GOP Establishment?
According to Wikipedia, it refers to “the traditional, moderate-to-conservative members of the Republican Party of the United States.” Of course, “moderate-to-conservative” seems to include everyone in the GOP. Several outsiders have tried to nail down the definition further, echoing Breitbart’s Tony Lee: “Those who want to preserve the status quo because they directly benefit from it and don’t challenge the political-media industrial complex.”
That obviously would include people like George W. Bush and John McCain strategist Mark McKinnon, but he defines the GOPe as ”The measles. A disease. A political disease.” National Review Editor Rich Lowry said, “It is, roughly speaking, made up of current officeholders, prominent former officeholders, consultants and lobbyists, donors, and business groups like the Chamber of Commerce.” But of course he would say that since everyone knows NR is another tool of the establishment.
At this point, the term “establishment” seems to mean “anyone who doesn’t agree with me.” Anti-Beltway Ted Cruz, Democrat-donor and social liberal Donald Trump, and nearly every other Republican candidate has been labeled GOPe by their detractors.
So while we all agree the Establishment stinks, I thought I should give our august readers a chance to define this nebulous term. After all, before we fight a common enemy, we better agree upon a definition of that threat. Please leave your definition below.