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.