Is The Republican Party Dying?

Or is it in the process of a rebirth? All over the web, TV, and in newspapers and magazines people are declaring either the death of the party or the imminent death. In fact many within the party are acting like it’s all over. There is a very strong sentiment there against conservatives. Perhaps it’s not the end of the party that’s imminent but the closing of the door on the ‘Moderate Republican’ experiment.

George W. Bush was a moderate, at least fiscally. Barack Obama and the Democrats rightly challenged him on his profligate spending. He ran up large deficits. Since then the GOP has run weak centrist candidates who were unable to create anywhere near the kind of excitement in voters that Obama did.

We were assured by Washington-based strategists that Romney could win but he didn’t.

What’s wrong with the party?

Rush Limbaugh has a point. He says part of the problem is that the players refuse to rally around Republicans when they are attacked. He may be onto something here. Looking at the other side it’s plain that the Democrats form a phalanx of defenders around any liberal who catches heat. Republicans run away, afraid that they might be tarred with the same brush used on Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, Oliver North Or Sarah Palin.


The cowards who run away from Conservative icons like these are causing other potential candidates to decline the nomination. People like Karl Rove, John Boehner, Reince Preibus, et al have decided that the security of their positions are more important than victories.

Right now there are conservative candidates but they are denied support because of their ‘Extreme views’.

Lloyd Marcus, writing in The American Thinker, addresses this. He calls it ‘The lesson of the Betrayal of Sarah Palin’.

Rush Limbaugh on his radio show discussed an article which stated that there is no respected voice in the national arena articulating conservatism. Such an advocate for conservatism is crucial to reversing the direction of America as Obama drives us toward socialism while low-info voters gleefully sing Kumbaya in the backseat.

Well excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but we had an extraordinary advocate for conservatism, and look what happened to her. Judas on our side betrayed her — sold her reputation for 30 seconds of fame and favor with the media.

Even now, folks on our side are still beating up on Sarah Palin, saying Palin has lost her appeal — Palin is unelectable — Palin wasn’t smart enough — Palin wasn’t prepared, etc. So this is how we treat our heroes.”

He’s right, too. What is being done is a recipe for defeat; and defeat is what we’re getting. I wouldn’t run for office under the banner of today’s Republican party. As a Conservative, small L libertarian I would expect no help from National.

Whatever we do the secret to success is to stand by our principles, those of our founders, and we must support our champions. It’s the least we can do.

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13 Responses to Is The Republican Party Dying?

  1. BigJimTX says:

    The TEA Party succeeded due to the grassroots formation. If the national party is failing us, then it is up to us to make sure that our local voices are heard. If we abandon ship there’s gonna be some treading water that has to take place, but if we throw these bastards out and put in place some good local conservative, small L libertarian folk, then we are talking about the resurrection that we are hoping for. The national committee isn’t going to do it for us. They are all crooked bastards.

  2. Greg B says:

    I met Col. North years ago.
    He signed my copy of his novel, and shook my hand.
    I told him I thought he was a great American. He genuinely smiled and said “Thank you”.

  3. notamobster says:

    What’s wrong with the party?

    Wow. Um….. It is run by cowards.

    Spineless, liberal, cowards who wouldn’t know honor if it smacked them in their collective face!

  4. Eddie Willers says:

    I recently received my annual GOP membership call. I told them that I would not donate to a party lead by cowards who are getting their asses handed to them each time they go to “negotiate” with the opposition. I’m sick of funding parties for Gutless Wonders. My donations are staying local for the time being.

    • PhoneGuy says:

      I do the same thing each time they call me. Don’t try to have a conversation with the caller, though, because they just don’t get it. When the Republican Senate Campaign called for a donation, I told them that I could not donate to an organization that would use my money to support Senators like the two lovely “republican” ladies from Maine. The caller argued that my donation would help oppose the radical left wing agenda of Harry Reid. When I argued that my donation would be spent to re-elect “moderate” GOP senators who would actually vote with Harry Reid 82% of the time, she simply stated that my donation was the only way to oppose the left wing.

      Given she was a telemarketer (and probably a paid one at that), she really didn’t call to argue but the point is that the GOP does not “get it”. They feel that anything right of “moderate” is going to be labeled “right wing extremist” and therefore they will not really take a stand for any real principles.

  5. notamobster says:

    I received this from the Chairman of my country (R) party the other day:

    Dear Fellow Republican Party Activists,
    For the past 2 years I have been honored to serve as your Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice-Chair. During that time, I have traveled this great state, meeting many of you, and bringing the message of conservative Republican values. We’ve accomplished great things and forged great relationships.

    My plan is simple:
    1. Collaborate with Chairman Schostak and the Michigan
    Republican Party
    2. Work The Ethnic Plan
    3. Show Up!
    4. Unashamedly Communicate our Conservative Values &
    5. Ask for the Vote

    I will be running again for Ethnic Vice-Chair at the MIGOP convention this February 22nd and 23rd. I’d be honored to have your vote again.
    Linda Lee Tarver
    MIGOP Ethnic Vice-Chair


    She then quoted a bit of scripture. I have no doubt that she is a good & honest, conservative woman, working in Michigan’s GOP. My issue is addressed in my reply to the local Chairman:


    What the heck is an ethnic vice-chair? Sounds like some Croatian prostitution police. We are better than the enemy (liberals) because we accept or reject people based upon their values & character, not their skin color. Th Republican Party is exhibiting (more each day) a disturbing pathology of desiring to become nothing more than a European-style, big-spending, “conservative” in name only party.

    While I would love to meet our friend Linda Lee, I would appreciate it if you would make my objections known to the party.

    We have got to force the party back to it’s conservative roots and stop the dangerous trend toward Democrat-lite.

    In liberty,


    • Jim22 says:

      I like it, Nota. Good job.

      I have been mulling over the thoughts behind this post for a few days. I don’t feel I covered all the bases but there sure are a lot of bases to cover. I prefer to take it in small bites that can be easily chewed.

      Some of you know that I ran our local county GOP headquarters in 2012. In our rural area there are a lot of conservative/libertarian types. But, our Congresswoman, while a Republican, is closely allied with John Boehner. I have in the past done what I could to support her but no more.

      I guess I don’t have any trouble letting people like them destroy their wing. Once they are gone we can start rebuilding – but not until.

  6. messup says:

    If there are two cup cakes, one has chocolate icing the other vanilla…what’s the difference?
    If there are Progressive New Left Activists in the DNC (and one might add a slew of Democratic Socialists of America, too, in USA’s congress) and a growing number of like minded RNC/GOP’ers in We The Elite People of culture of corruption in Washington DC saying one thing and doing a whole host of “other things” like earmarks and “bringing the bacon home”…what’s the difference. Taste is the same.
    This is exactly why there is so much talk about “US and THEM.”
    Coupled to this train are: 1)Greed, 2)Power and out-and-out 3)Corruption by We The Elite People in Washington DC. And lastly the caboose…crony-capitalism. Same formula, same taste!!!
    “They” and “US” are on different planets.
    1) Deficit Reduction…this has been goin’ on since Reagan.
    2) Tax and Spend…also talked about since LBJ.
    3) Bloated Government…doesn’t make any difference, keeps on keepin’ on.
    4) Religion…is on We The Elite People’s chopping block. ACLU, is the Elites handmaiden.
    5) Education…once a proud accomplishment, now 25th in all the world.
    6) Finance…Bernie Madoff was the tip of the iceberg. Now, there are foreign “investors” using European Accounting rules while filed for and registered in the USA…and operating openly in the USA while listed on the NYSE.
    7) Governance…a massive effort underway to collapse America’s capitalism and its excellence.
    And the RNC/GOP is still yaking about “tackling the tax code.”
    WOW! This recipe has all the makin’s of really good taste!!!
    What’s the difference? Pray. Amen.

  7. Cold Warrior says:

    I’ve been saying this since the American people elected the Marxist:

    the reason the Republican Party is not “conservative enough” is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party.

    Eddie Willers, sending $50 or whatever to the RNC does not make you a “member” of the Party despite the fact the RNC might send you an embossed card. The ONLY “card-carrying Party members” are those who become precinct committeemen inside the Party. The reason the incumbents are so limp-Richarded is because they see how disorganized and disunited their constituents back home are in terms of actual political involvement inside the Party itself. They like the fact that over half of the Republican precinct committeemen slots are still vacant. Because that means the likelihood of a more conservative Republican primary challenger defeating them in the next primary election is nil. Want to change that? Then, where you live, go out find conservatives and convince them to help you fill up as many of the vacant precinct committeeman slots. If we did this all across the country, we’d change the Party from a half-strength, ideologically split party into a full-strength, solidly conservative GOTV behemoth.

    Stop blaming “the Republicans.” Look in the mirror. Each of us has to ask, “What have I done to get greater numbers of conservatives united and organized politically where I live so we can elect greater numbers of conservatives to public offices?”

    Here’s how to do it:
    It’s just good, old-fashioned, basic American Civics in action.
    Spend some time analyzing The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy and then ask yourself how you can implement it with your conservative buddies where you live.
    Or lose your country.
    For Liberty,
    Cold Warrior

    • Jim22 says:

      Thank you, Cold Warrior. You’re right.

      For the rest of us, please pay attention to what he says.

      There is more going on, however. Powers are trying to destroy the GOP. They will succeed because they are on the ascendancy and because they have the backing of the media pundits.

      When they have succeeded in chasing the current Republican leaders into exile there will be a void. That void can be filled by Conservatives or it can be filled by Progressives. It’s up to people like us to make that decision.

      • Cold Warrior says:

        Jim22 is exactly correct. If conservatives would fill up all the local precinct committeeman slots NOW, when the voids appear, the new conservative PCs, in conjunction with the existing conservatives already inside the Party, will be able to elect new FIGHTERS to the Party officer/leader positions.
        Thank you,
        Cold Warrior

  8. Justin says:

    I’m a Republican and one of the parties problems is thinking that Sarah Palin is a Republican hero. Palin a hero of the Republican Party? That scares me. Sarah Palin get’s a decent amount of support from the base and this scares me because the base must be full of low-info voters to have to support Palin because in all honesty Palin does not have enough knowledge to be a good politician. In the McCain campaign she was an actress the VP debate and some interviews she memorized a script. I have seen some Sarah Palin supporters and there arguments about issues come off as highly irrational and are honestly just stupid. In fact in general it seems like there has been a dumbing down of the base. When you argue over issues with some of the base there answers are just stupid. For example if you say the War on Drugs is not working and a waste of money a decent amount of the base will say “I don’t care drugs are bad” or just go off on how liberals are morons. The party has substituted diatribe for debate!

    What really hurt the party was the realignment that started in 1964. A a lot of new people came into the party. It changed the whole ideology and character of the party.

    Do you know throughout a lot of the 20th century the party was non-interventionist in foreign policy? Conservative Republicans opposed Democrat Woodrow Wilson’s intervention in World War I and his subsequent attempt to create the League of Nations. They were also staunchly opposed to intervention in World War II until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They opposed the Korean War and joining NATO and the United Nations. The liberal wing of the Republican Party were internationalists. Look at all the major wars throughout the 20th century they were all started by liberal Democrats. The GOP leadership are morons these neocons are stupid they argue about staying in Iraq and Afghanistan for dozens of more years while the public opinion polls are showing a very large majority of Americans think we should end the wars. A lot of the public rejects the neocons foreign policy but they still advocate it instead of changing it…..

    Many people don’t know this but the Republican Party since it’s founding actually opposed free trade while Democrats supported it. The Republican Party always supported high protectionist tariff’s to protect industry and jobs this was a centerpiece of there platform. The most conservative people in the party supported high tariff’s. The Democrats opposed protectionist policies they would always lower tariff’s. FDR supported free trade Eisenhower who admitted he was a progressive supported it. Nixon was a RINO and in the early 70’s turned us towards free trade and that’s when our trade deficits started and every year we have had a negative trade deficit and jobs our being shipped overseas. Those free trade agreements really hurt the Republican Party. We should have stuck with fair trade instead of free trade.

  9. messup says:

    Just have to weigh-in again! Feel strongly about “taxation without representation” (Fiscal Cliff kabuki show Boehner gave We The People…”great unwashed” or “Have and Have-nots”)

    What part, of a three part series, doesn’t the RNC/GOP understand WE The People ascribe to them? The three part series outlined:
    1) Greed
    2) Power
    3) Corruption
    4) corollary: We The Elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC.
    Please, kindly explain to We The People of the “great unwashed USofA” how this RNC/GOP tiger is going to change its stripes??? We The People are painfully, paciently awaiting this momentous about face renunciation any time soon…. crickets!!!!
    John Boehner said it all…”You’re Fired!” to Constitutional Conservatives. Align yourselves with the “Haves,” not with the “Have Nots”, his message in congress.
    Tea Party GoPacs, fundraisers, grass root organizing, create the Ross Perot idea but with conviction, energy and a “Git-R-Done” committment. Its the only way to trounce Washington DC’s “growing Democratic Socialists of America congressional caucus” and all its moles, minions, led by non other than Bill Ayers, Cass Sustein, Van Jones, Francis Fox Piven a nd all their Progressive New Left Activists having the ACLU as their standard bearer destroying everything American, constitutional and capitalistic. Pray. Amen. RNC/GOP a waste of time, money and effort. Teavangelicas and Tea Party…profess the”Don’t Tread on Me”mantra.