Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Why The Republicans Will Blow it. Again.
I've had something floating around in my head for the last couple weeks. Something that Newt Gingrich said that seemed to clarify the current schism in the republican party.
"You can be a perfect minority. You'll still be the minority.."
Something along those lines anyways. But the point he's making is worthy of close examination. Gingrich, one of the main movers and shakers of the republican take-over of Congress during Clinton's presidency certainly knows his politics. And the point he's making is valid. After all, what good does the "perfect" party do you if you can't get anything done? But what Gingrich and the rest of the republican establishment are missing here is that the American people are not interested in a "middle of the road" republican party.
Gingrich may not understand but we do. Moving the republican party more to the center, regardless of the number of (R)'s you gain, is just another way of making the republicans like democrats.
When the establishment republicans, like Newt, backed Scuzzyfozza for the NY 23rd they showed just how out of touch they still are. The "Tea Party" movements around the nation were not a call for a more moderate, compassionate republican party, but a more conservative, traditional party.
Will the republicans continue to make great gains in the Congress? Without a doubt. Obama and his crew have jumped the shark, and there is no return for most of them.
But I would hazard a guess that Obama himself is probably pretty safe. If the republicans gain a majority in the House and Senate, Obama will almost certainly win a second term, as the electorate will be sufficiently satisfied that his far left liberal agenda will no longer be a threat to them.
But what good does it do America if, come Obam's next election, the republicans hold a solid Congressional majority of compassionate moderates and centrists?
The republican establishment needs to understand that the anti-Obama movements in the nation are not pro-republican movements. They need to understand that the American electorate isn't interested in a "compassionate" conservative unless as the "lesser of two evils". If they want to run a real candidate, and not just make gains from liberals failures, they need to act and act now. If establishment republicans fully and openly embrace true conservative candidates they will discover what we, the America middle class have known all along: that issue by issue we are solidly in the conservative camp.
Gingrich and his crew played an important role in American politics. But their time is gone. For the good of the party and the good of the nation, they need to relinquish control of the party to the true inheritors of middle America, the conservatives. So long as they refuse to recognize this fact, they will gain victory only through the liberals' losses and popularity only through being the lesser of two evils.