After the 2012 presidential election, a number of focus groups were surveyed by the GOP Establishment. Some of the participants remarked that the GOP is “‘scary,’ ‘narrow minded,’ and ‘out of touch,’” and that it was “made up of ‘stuffy old men.’”
It’s not surprising that the GOP Establishment would have to ask people their opinion of what they thought of the party. Instead of knowing what the GOP should be, the Republican numbskulls think it’s necessary to take a survey.
Everybody knows what made the GOP a formidable political force in the 1980s. The emergence of the Tea Party in 2010 explained what every Establishment Republican needed to know, but the GOP leaders and Mitt Romney didn’t want to hear it. The consultants were telling candidates to distant themselves from the Tea Party if they wanted to win.
Those who embraced the Tea Party won big. That’s how we got Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. In fact, Cruz told the CPAC crowd that if it hadn’t been for Sarah Palin (a Tea Party favorite), he wouldn’t have gotten elected.
Did Romney appeal to Tea Party principles or court Tea Party voters? Did he meet with Tea Party leaders? Did he publicly repent of some of his previous political opinions and actions? He thought he could straddle the fence and get the mythical “moderates” to vote for him. All the while he ignored the base, millions of whom stayed home.
There is no doubt that the GOP is scary and out of touch, especially when it’s being represented by John Boehner, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham and being retooled by the same establishment Republicans that has nearly killed the once Grand Old Party.
Her’s what’s being passed off as a GOP fix:
“Among the RNC’s proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform, addressing middle-class economic anxieties head on and condensing a presidential primary process that saw Mitt Romney get battered for months ahead of the general election.”
The RNC’s own proposed fixes ARE the problem. Where are the principles that built the conservative wing of the Republican Party that made it fly after more than 40 years of Democrat domination? If the Establishment GOP can’t get people to stand up and cheer for their principles, then what makes them think they’ll get people to take the time to vote? What in the above “fixes” makes you stand up and cheer?
Here’s an example of the GOP’s real problem. On ABC’s This Week with Martha Raddatz, Speaker of the House John Boehner said that he and President Obama “have a very good relationship. We’re open with each other. We’re honest with each other.” Who other than Boehner believes this?
Boehner does not understand that he’s in an ideological war with a man and a competing party that want to destroy him and his party. The Democrats are shooting real bullets while Boehner and company think they’re in a pillow fight with the neighborhood bully over at grandma’s house.
This was bad enough, but it got worse:
“Do you trust President Obama?” Raddatz asked.
“Absolutely,” Boehner replied.
“Absolutely?” Raddatz emphasized.
“Absolutely,” Boehner repeated.
How is it possible that Boehner trusts President Obama “absolutely”? Is he just saying it so he doesn’t get beaten down by the media?
Boehner should have pulled a line from Ronald Reagan: “Trust, but verify.”
“After Reagan used the phrase at the signing of the [Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces] Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded: ‘You repeat that at every meeting,’ to which Reagan answered ‘I like it.’”
Am I comparing President Obama to Mikhail Gorbachev and the Communists? You bet I am, and so should John Boehner, with one caveat: “Don’t trust and verify.”
Fred Schwarz wrote a book in 1960 wit the title, You Can Trust the Communists . . . to be Communists.”1Well, you can trust liberals to be liberals. Apparently it’s a lesson that Boehner and company have not learned.
- The book has been update with the title You Can Still Trust the Communists . . . to be Communists (Socialists and Progressives Too. [↩]