What am I talking about? I'm talking about the Republican Establishment meaning the party apparatus, the leadership of the Senate, the leadership of the Senate and their high dollar special interests. All of these groups have never stood up strongly against Obama and the Democrats' policies and it is almost a certainty that they never will. Instead they have come up with a doozy of a concept: let's out Democrat the Democrats.
Think about it. Every election cycle when Conservatives make a push to gain more traction in the party the Establishment, with the full weight of advocates like RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, opportunitist Karl Rove, Speaker Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and former candidates like Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain pile on. Some are rather gentile about it, others are bloodthirsty and cutthroat including violating basic moral values (the Chris McDaniel case) and even more are just complacent by their silent. Regardless of how they do what they do, they just make sure that conservative candidates are never supported. And then, when the primaries are over, they tell the conservatives they must go along and don't worry, they will consider their views when they take control of the House, or the Senate, or both, depending on the election.
So what happens.......absolutely nothing. We really can't fairly evaluate what would happen after a Presidential election since Republicans haven't won in a while, and therein I think is a lot of the problem. The Establishment is so hoodwinked about the White House that they keep trying to outdream up more goodies to offer the voters, thinking that is the way to get elected. Unfortunately, just the opposite is what works.
In the 1980 election, Republican pundits were sure Reagan with his conservative philosophy couldn't win, yet he continued with his approach to the campaign and won going away and then four years later did it again. George H.W. Bush came in on Reagan's success and, once in office and settled in, his popularity going through the roof over quick success in Iraq I. His famous "read my lips" mistake later and ended his Presidency after only one term. He just lost sight of what Conservatism was, if he truly ever had it, and when it became obvious where he stood the Reagan luster was gone.
For a brief period during the Clinton Administration, it looked like the Republicans in Congress were really going to get things going for generations but, alas, Newt Gingrich, a great thinker but not such a great leader, got off track due to some personal issues that turned him into a liability. When he gave up the Speakership, the Republican caucus degenerated into a big mess and over time it gave the Democrats the opportunity to come back to power, bringing in Nancy Pelosi who did more than erase the gains made, she reversed course to the degree that we were put track to where we are today.
After Obama was elected over the hapless John McCain in 2008, the Tea Party came into vogue and threw its weight behind Conservative Republicans in off year elections, sweeping them into control of the House, The Senate, however, lost a few Republican seats and with its more moderate bent offered no momentum. But at least with the House in their hands, the opportunity was there to block much of Obama's agenda.
Unfortunately, under the leadership of John Boehner, a man with no clear principles except for support big business lobbyists, they disappointed everyone by accomplishing almost nothing and frequently caved lock, stock and barrel to Obama's left wing agenda.
I haven't said much about the Senate because with the RINOs undercutting Conservatives routinely, the party caucus just gives enough votes in support of the Democrats to allow Obama's pet projects to slip through. And it's sad to say that with the loss of Conservative challengers to so many RINO incumbents this primary season due to both limited campaign financial support and even treachery like that found in Mississippi, the Old Guard appears well on the way to continue as they have.
The Republicans have said all along that they want to repeal Obamacare and stop the madness of not passing budgets and growth of the national debt, but to date they have just continued to kick the can down the road. leaving the clean up to our children and grandchildren. In the past year they have said just give us control of both Houses and we will get something done, but I think we all know that after the election they will say just wait until the Presidential election. So I don't have much faith in the party in either House and it will take something much more drastic than capturing the Senate while holding the House to light a fire under the GOP. What will that be?
The only thing that will change the status quo is a major change in the way legislative business is done and I will take a stab at that in my next commentary. Now I certainly am not a genius and I know there are many options regarding what we should do, but I will give it a shot. I hope that it might help to light a spark in America, just a little one, that can merge with many others to come up with a plan. I think whatever can be done must originate with we, the people, and it will require a massive outpouring in the form of a demand to Congress by open minded citizens who are fed up.
Remember, politicians only respond when they think their luxurious career is threatened and, frankly, they probably need to fear losing power, all of them in both parties, as a result of a wave of ideas that we must develop, refine, negotiate and then propose. Maybe we can duplicate the wave of 2010 and perhaps the wave that could very well be coming this November. Only time can tell but I know one thing: we've got to try. Our Republic can't stand for long the way things are headed now. Let's save our country, not transform it.