Thursday, May 13, 2010

The message in the Tea leaves, grassroots and independent voters- the country belongs to us, not you

  • I agree with most of this with one observation. If the author thought Bob Bennett's demise was a quick, last minute thing, he's missing one particular website. I knew it was likely months ago from reading one mostly volunteer website (ie people who are tired of professional politicians).
5/13 "The question arises as to whether the GOP understands this course of events. The signs are not encouraging. Shortly after the passage of ObamaCare,
  • Sen. John Cornyn, one of the party's old bulls, announced that the party would make no effort to repeal the bill. He was echoed by Sen. Bob Corker and several House members -- a nonentity named Richard Burr, and one or two others whose names slip my mind.
No clear rationale was given, and none was required.
  • ObamaCare will be embraced by the GOP mainstream because it represents a return to the status quo ante 2006 --` it represents a mammoth opportunity to practice what George Washington Plunkitt called "honest graft": trading earmarks,
  • placing US HealthCare installations in your district, and, not the least, guaranteeing that your
  • supporters get to jump the line
  • after rationing starts.
Voters? They get to do what they're told.
It can be argued that Bennett didn't deserve to be let down so harshly, that he was a conservative of sorts, and that we shouldn't batter members of our own team. All good points. But none of them will play this year. Because, quite apart from all that,
  • Bennett had sold out, and more publicly and completely than many.
There was the broken pledge not to serve more than two terms, the vote for TARP (some form of bailout might have been necessary, but not that one), and his "bipartisan" health-care bill, of which the best that can be said is the fact that it went nowhere. Bennett was much the same as Bob Dole, and George H.W. Bush, and today's Newt Gingrich:
  • a member of the managerial elite. Somebody who, apart from the rhetoric, is simply another cog in the legislative machinery (or like Newt, would like to be once again).
  • Arguing that Bennett was no worse than anyone else was not going to save him, not in 2010.
  • And it won't save anyone else either.
Will the Republicans get the message? That remains to be seen. It often appears that Republicans are not a message-getting species. 2006... 2008... ObamaCare... the dominos fall and make no impression in the elephantine mind. They still believe they can continue playing the numbers game, rewarding each other with earmarks, making deals across the aisle, and playing both ends against the middle.
  • The voters will never notice.
  • Well, the Utah voters sure noticed.
To avoid Robert Bennett's fate, the GOP must do things.
  • ObamaCare must either be repealed or emasculated (if a veto-proof majority cannot be put together). The illegals problem must be solved firmly and quickly. The southern border must be secured before it explodes. The plague of PC that has overwhelmed political decision-making in this country since the first Bush administration must be ended. These only comprise a start. What people are demanding is a rollback.
They will get it, or the politicians who stand in their way will wind up on the same ashheap as Bennett.
It happens that what the people are calling for matches the platform of the GOP almost point for point. The Republicans can prevail simply by being themselves, living up to their own standards and rhetoric. But we should never underestimate the Republican capacity for blowing a two-foot putt. Remember Dede Scozzafava, for one example.
  • If the Republicans drop the ball this time, if they toss aside their principles, break their promises, lose themselves in deals, Bennett's downfall will expand to the level of massacre. 2012 will become the year of the third party, a serious third party, not the vanity productions of Ross Perot, but something we haven't seen since 1912. And more than likely led by a populist crank of the Ron Paul variety. The last such upsurge by the Perotistas gave us Bill Clinton. And the next one...?
The GOP is being given that rarity in politics, a second chance. There will not be a third. Learn the lesson of Robert Bennett, or go to the wall. " American Thinker, JR Dunn, "Will the GOP wake up and smell the tea?"

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