Tag: GOPe

Establishment Republicans Could Destroy the Country

 

Remember the good ol’ days when we had different kinds of Republicans, some deeply conservative, others pretty moderate, and others who were barely Republican at all? But we managed to tolerate each other. We were known as a party that was friendly with the Democrats; the parties were all like lawyers, who would fight to the death in court and then argue over who would buy lunch afterward.

Those days are long gone and are unlikely to return, certainly not in my lifetime. And that change is a significant opportunity for the Republican party to take a close look at itself and ask just what kind of party it wants to be.

The problem that faces Republicans is that they are reluctant, for a myriad of reasons, to move into the 21st century. Their own self-interests are mired in the traditional mores of doing business, making them resistant, if not downright hostile, to making the changes that Republicans need to make if they are to survive.

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This week has started off with quite the bang for the Great Trump War on Ricochet. Some threads have attempted to nail down definitions of “Never Trump” while others have attempted to dissect the framing of the debate between the two sides. This is going to be a mix of both, and hopefully you all […]

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If you watch this video, please note one thing that is important about it: it was the fact that Newt went after the elites. It wasn’t the issue on the table but how out of touch our ruling class is that brought the people to their feet. Newt was dismissive of the questioner, too. It […]

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But from inside the party. After listening to Rush Limbaugh and reading Conrad Black and Mark Steyn and Scott Adams about Trump and then watching Trump over the last few months I’m pretty sure that Trump has been planning this foray into politics for some time. I think he viewed the GOP leadership as a […]

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Humpty Dumpty – A Postmortem of the Shattered GOP

 

Humpty_DumptyI love nursery rhymes; subversive as hell, each is a short, pointed, political statement masquerading as a scrap of silly, sing-song verse. And since history tends to repeat, we should not be surprised to find current events that map quite nicely to Mother Goose. For today’s example, consider the crack-up of the GOP in the context of “Humpty Dumpty.”

The GOP has, indeed, “sat on a wall.” And though some might go for the low-hanging fruit and claim that this “wall” is our southern border, I think that that’s too easy. I think of it as it was probably originally intended: The GOP was consistently faced with important decisions and consistently refused, for a variety of reasons — some cowardice, some intrigue — to take a side. And when those decisions had been made for it, the GOP shattered. And now, no one, especially not our self-proclaimed best and brightest, can reassemble it.

Let me make this point clear up front: Donald Trump did not shatter the GOP; the GOP did that themselves. As I have commented in a previous post, the shattering of the GOP is the direct result of twenty-eight years of a preference for globalism over liberty (led by the Bushes), at least thirteen years of Bush/GOPe Play-Nice-With-The-Brass-Knuckle-Marxists policy, and more than seven years of GOPe The-Base-Are-Always-Embarrassing-Reprobates-To-Be-Impugned-And-Ignored policy. Had these policies not been followed, Obama would have been impeached and members of his administration — if not Obama himself — would be in prison. Period. And despite recent protestations to the contrary, the GOP pursued neither of these actions (for the previously cited policy reasons) and now there is no longer any chance of them making it right. Through its cowardice and machinations, the GOP has irreversibly abused and lost our trust all on its own. The Trump campaign was merely the wind that blew the GOP off of its comfortable but precarious wall.

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Post after post and are there any that address the people who are to blame for Trump’s rise? We must learn from this debacle. What infuriates me is that these same people who brought about Trump think they can advise us on how to fix things at this late date. They and their advise should […]

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One of my favorite political quotes comes, oddly enough, from the far left, “If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve issues, see a psychiatrist.” – Ed Koch. It was in the spirit of Koch’s flip comment that I […]

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We All Agree the GOP Establishment is Horrible. But What Is it?

 

Trump BushPlug “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.

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I just had a thought today that put together two things that I hadn’t put together before:  1. The “sudden” pouring out of the anger at the establishment just when it seemed we had a slate of candidates that were far superior to the previous 5 or 6 Presidential election cycles.  Preview Open

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I have heard it as conventional wisdom through this election season that “The Senate hates Ted Cruz”.  Both stated as such or as an argument in the form of “Of course they would confirm Cruz to SCOTUS to get rid of him”. Why?  I assume for the Dems it’s a matter of partisanship, since he […]

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The headline is copied verbatim from Legal Insurrection. I think Mr. Jacobson has it right. GOPe doesn’t like him, but thinks it can work with Trump.  He will install himself in the White House, but won’t bring any other cronies to work with him.  He makes deals, and the GOPe will be able to deal […]

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