The GOP Establishment’s War with it Base

Editor’s Notes: I believe we are at an inflection point. The GOP’s base has been ignored and marginalized by candidates and consultants for too long. This behavior will rip the party apart if there is no change.

In discussing the House speakership mess on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Karl Rove enthusiastically pointed out that the 40-member Freedom Caucus represents a mere fraction of the House, with only 1 out of 6 House Republicans as members.  The implication is that the Caucus represents a paltry 17% of conservatives in the nation, which doesn’t justify the hullabaloo.

But this ignores the fact that the vast majority of conservatives in the GOP base — who identify with the Freedom Caucus — supported and voted for the majority of House Republicans.  Just because a House Republican is not a member of the Freedom Caucus, does not mean the people who elected him do not support the Caucus.  Indeed, base voters in the last three congressional elections expected candidates to return to conservative governance guided by conservative principles.  That that hasn’t panned out is an understatement.

The sentiment expressed by the “we know better” class of seasoned political journalists, politicians and political consultants, is based on the assumption that the Freedom Caucus is a rogue band of conservatives gone wild, a “hard core, extreme” element in the GOP, and a temporary irritant the rest of the party must abide until it can be neutralized.  They embarrass party elites, give unnecessary fodder to the media, and are mistakenly blamed for the low approval ratings of Congress.

The reason we are in this internecine battle within the GOP is because the base has been ignored and marginalized by candidates and consultants for too long.  It is this behavior that will rip the party apart if there is no change.

The fact is, 62% of Republicans feel betrayed by the party and, to prove it, roughly 60% of primary voters are currently supporting political outsiders like Trump, Fiorina, Carson and Cruz.  This isn’t just an ad hoc collection of misbegotten tea partiers hijacking the GOP for kicks.  Strip away ubiquitous campaign rhetoric about tapping into anger and frustration, and we are left with the forgotten majority within the GOP — the base — taking a firm stand.   They will no longer succumb to elite pleas to vote for this guy because he’s the only one who can win, cross the aisle and get the job done. They will no longer shore up Republicans who support legislation that undermines their interests.

If leadership foolishly continues to turn a blind eye, that stand could very well be a last stand.


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Source:: American Thinker


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