GOP Leadership Needs to Change Out Of Prudence, Not Pyrotechnics
Friend and fellow blogger Jen Kuznicki writes:
I’m seeing and hearing similar sentiments expressed broadly enough – in varying degrees – to know they are serious enough to not simply be overlooked, or steam rolled, somehow. The Republican Party may be approaching a crossroads. If it continues to ignore, or marginalize its more conservative base, I could see a future ahead that leaves it in the political wilderness for a decade, or more.
In all my years following right-side politics, I’ve never sensed, or seriously felt that before.
There is a growing number of people who honestly feel they have fought too long and too hard for what amounts to little or nothing, to justify their remaining involved in GOP politics going forward. If any low GOP turn-out this year comes from similar lines of thinking, today’s Republican Party is in far more trouble than the usual suspects in Washington would want you to believe.
Given recent events in my own life, if anything, I’ve been trying to work on being more prudent – as opposed to reactionary – in my thinking today, political and otherwise. But when I look around at the current GOP leadership, I don’t see very much beyond people suited to maintaining the status quo to worse – accepting failure after failure, while always trying to justify it away.
Despite current Republican efforts to turn 2012 into a story about anything other than what it was, it was, absolutely, perhaps the grandest failure for the GOP that one can find looking back over the last few decades of American politics. There’s no need for me to go on about it. The message was delivered far more effectively by Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican convention.
“When somebody does not do the job, we got to let him go,” he said near the end of his remarks, to rowdy applause.
“We own this country,” he added. “Politicians are employees of ours. They’re just going to come around and beg for votes every few years, it’s the same old deal.”
As awkward as it may seem, it’s time for the Republican Party to heed the wisdom of the very same speaker they invited to address them. There is little reason to expect anything other than more failure, or failed compromise, from the current GOP leadership.
For the good of their party, not the conservative movement, at the very least, the Republican leadership from the RNC, to the House and Senate, needs to open up the process and withstand serious challenge over the coming months.
If they can earn their jobs back during that time, a reasonable person might conclude they are entitled to them. Unfortunately, looking over events of the last critical years in American politics does not support their being entitled to hold on to them for no other reason than they happen to be there as things stand currently. It’s time for the current GOP leadership to do the right thing for their party, own their failure and step down.