There has been a lot spoken and written about the future of the Republican Party after the disastrous defeat of Mitt Romney and several Senate candidates in, what should have been, a slam dunk election victory. As the saying goes, the GOP “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory”. The finger pointing began almost as soon as the bogus vote counting was finished.
As usual, the liberal wing of the party, that prefers to call itself “moderate” is blaming the too conservative members of the party for chasing away independent voters. They conveniently forget the defeat of Scott Brown to proven prevaricator, Elizabeth Warren. It just goes to how you can’t out-liberal a liberal in a liberal state.
For people who are constantly carping on the need for a “big tent” party, we saw a shameful intolerance of Ron Paul supporters and FreedomWorks at the RNC convention – two groups that would have helped create a big tent. However, for them, these were not their kind of people and the tent should be expanded in the other direction.
Then we have the sad case of George Allen in Virginia. He was a very good governor, but a mediocre senator. He lost last time around when he could not conceal his elitist tendencies that apparently endeared him to the Virginia establishment – by making derogatory remarks about some inconsequential visitor at a campaign stop last time around. He could not even figure out how to minimize the impact of this failure.
Some will say the famous coach’s son is not a liberal. Well, as one who lived in the Old Dominion during this time, I would say his term as governor was very successful. He was either an excellent executive or he surrounded himself with talented people. While the first may be true, but I can attest to the fact that he had some very good people working in his administration.
Once in Washington, however, he just fell in with the “moderate” party line, voting for all sorts of spending and other progressive hot button issues such as hate crime legislation. While Virginians could have done worse, and did worse by selecting Tim Kaine, they could have done better as the party put the kibosh on some genuine, principled conservative primary opponents. Allen’s name recognition allowed him to coast to victory in the primary and defeat in the general election. Some still believe him to be a conservative… he says he is. He may have been, but whatever he was, working inside the beltway took it out of him. All that’s left is a silly grin and a tendency to toss a football from hand to hand on the campaign trail… no strong positions, no stem winder speeches, not even any decent sound bites.
Some are calling for the creation of a third party as the Republican Party leaders are insistent upon putting forth candidates they are comfortable with, rather than the ones the people want. They gave us Bob Dole. They gave us John McCain. They gave us Mitt Romney. Romney is a decent man. He has the business skills that would have been an asset in rebuilding our economy. However, he was the worst possible choice to go up against an opponent whose stock-in-trade is class warfare. Obama’s entire campaign revolved around stirring up hatred for people like the Romney’s. They gave the left a made-to-order target.
There are many other instances where the party cost themselves victories, such as their treatment of Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell – tea party darlings, rejected and unsupported by the Republican establishment. Some times one has to wonder whose side the party leadership is on.
What are freedom loving Americans to do? Herman Cain is suggesting the creation of a third party as the Republican leadership does not seem to be any more capable of successfully running the party than Barack Obama is of successfully running the country. Cain is calling on many conservative elected officials and party members to leave the Republican Party and begin anew. He said, “I never thought that I would say this, and this is the first time publicly that I’ve said it: We need a third party to save this country. Not Ron Paul and the Ron Paulites. No. We need a legitimate third party to challenge the current system that we have, because I don’t believe that the Republican Party … has the ability to rebrand itself.”
Several months back, Rush Limbaugh commented that if Romney loses the election, the GOP would be pretty much finished. There are still others echoing the same sentiments.
Is this the way to go? Change is sometimes difficult when one is comfortable with their circumstances. But who is comfortable today? Maybe John Boehner is too comfortable. Just yesterday he declared ObamaKare to be the law of the land and no effort would be made to repeal, reduce or defund it.
Perhaps Mr. Cain is right. Perhaps we have given the party leadership enough time – enough chances. Perhaps it is time to start over. Yet, I’m not sure the third party is the way to go, it would just split the anti-progressive vote. However, if we look at the party history, we will see the Republican Party rose up in opposition to slavery, and eventually replaced the Whigs who had outlived their usefulness on the political landscape. It may just be that the party that gave us Ronald Reagan has outlived its usefulness and needs to be replaced.