I should have titled this post “Establishment GOP To Strike Back At Their Base” because that’s what’s really going on. The establishment Republicans are only a step above the rotten Democrats. They had no problem spending our tax dollars like a Gamblers Anonymous runaway in Las Vegas, setting up a complete takeover of our government by the radical Democrats. Now they think the way to turn things around is to be more like the radical Democrats. So they’re planning on lashing out at “tea party” Republicans who bother them.
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections.
“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law: “It never had a chance.”
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House. (Read More)
Read the first sentence of the excerpt above one more time. “From county chairmen to…” That’s where you come in. But more on that in a moment.
I totally understand the inclination to form a third party. Heck, I’ve been tempted to switch my registration to the Conservative Party here in New York. But look what happened when Ross Perot ran. He took away enough votes for Bill Clinton to beat George HW Bush in 1992.
The last third party movement, for instance, gave us Bill Clinton.
When Ross Perot ran on an anti-deficit platform in 1992, he got 19% and nearly 20 million votes. Clinton’s margin of victory against President George H.W. Bush was less than 6 million votes, winning 43% to 37.5%.
While the elder Bush can’t escape blame for breaking his 1988 no-new-taxes pledge, Perot’s prevention of a second Bush term actually stopped what history would have judged a fourth Reagan term, with a high-tech economic boom and the conquering of the federal budget deficit.
(All these years later there is nothing the tax-raising Clinton did that can seriously be pointed to as causing the continuation of the Reagan expansion; it would have been stronger under Bush.) (Read More)
Do we really need a third party, or do we need to purge the GOP of these elite, Dem-lite, establishment types? Sending a few dollars to primary candidates is fine, so is voting in primaries. But to really make a difference we need to get as many conservatives as we can on the local GOP committees. They’re the ones that endorse candidates for Congress. How many of you even know who you’re leaving that task to? Why not make a few phone calls and find out if you can volunteer your time to save your party, and maybe save your country in the process?
Oh, and as for Sununu and Barbour – I used to like them until I found out they don’t like me.
H/T Gateway Pundit