My Warning To The Establishment GOP
Yesterday was something of a turning point for me. I've begun un-subscribing from my GOP-related feeds and telling Hill-based sources to remove me from their email lists. I'm not going to stop blogging politics. But I'm done giving the benefit of the doubt to the GOP establishment.
I don't believe the insurgency from the Left the Democrat Party experienced served that party well. They may have elected a president, but they are going to be hurt badly in the fall. The problem is, I think they are going to be hurt because of themselves, and not because of anything the GOP has to offer.
Oh, they'll try to claim credit for it. But it will be another instance of voters opting for the other guy, or the lesser of two evils. A majority of GOP wins in the fall will be more because of Democrats, than Republicans – no matter how the GOP tries to spin it.
A big part of my thinking in coming to DC was to try and help to create a synergy between the Right on-line and the establishment GOP. I had hoped to forestall anything like an insurgency from the Right by finding common ground. What I didn't realize is that today's GOP is interested in no such thing. It can't hear anyone outside the Beltway echo chamber and isn't interested in listening to them even if they could.
And I don't believe today's Beltway entrenched GOP is going to bring about the kind of change America needs. The leadership is weak, wasteful, misguided and out of sync with the people. The signs are all there, from Dede Scozzafava, to Charlie Crist – and worse.
And even if they reclaim this, or that majority in the fall, we will most likely see the same old politics as usual that so frustrated the Right under Bush. You don't really believe they are going to repeal ObamaCare and tell millions of people expecting health insurance at taxpayer expense they can't have it, do you? That will be politically imprudent to our Beltway ensconced GOP.
Illegal immigration? Led by soon to be ex-border cop John McCain, assuming he's re-elected, they will be calling us racists and haters, again. They have to worry about that Hispanic vote, after all.
I'll still support candidates, but they will be fewer and further in between. And I will need to be convinced that, unlike the current establishment GOP, they mean what they say, and say what they mean. Today's Republican Party is broken and corrupt. And they are not my friend, any more than they are yours. They are only interested in themselves.
Only a Reagan-like insurgency that throws out the current leadership and many of these corrupt careerists in Washington can ultimately save the GOP. It isn't like it starts here today with me. But from now on, instead of trying to work with the establishment, I'd rather be part of any insurgency, successful, or not, because today's Republican Party is just barely more worth supporting than the Democrats on the other side.
Today's establishment GOP is a reasonable conservative's enemy. They are not our friends.