Rasmussen: Romney May Be the End of the Line for the Republican Establishment
I think I’ve been pretty clear that, for those conservatives who believe as I do, there isn’t going to be a happy ending to the Presidential race this November. As I’ve stated for a while now, with each “own goal” and spiking-celebration afterwards from the Republican establishment—particularly since conservatives handed them huge victories in 2010 and they proceeded to own goal almost every single week in the hundred some weeks afterwards [see RedState archives for grinding weekly detail]—the probability of a legitimate third party construction grows and grows, and with that, of course, the decline of the Republican Party and any chance of Republicans moving out of the wilderness in American politics for a good two decades or so. With Romney’s nomination as yet another non-conservative Republican candidate, I think we’ve crossed the point of no return; the question is not if there will be a legitimate third party construction that segments off conservatives from the Republican party, but when. Will it be in 2016 or 2020? Or will it all begin in 2013?
I don’t know—but it will be clear that the Republicans have lost a continuing conservative presence either 1) after Romney is defeated by Obama or 2) after Romney is elected President and proceeds to behave precisely as his record indicates he will. Either way, people like me are deeply pessimistic about the loss of the Republican Party as a place where one nominates people who both believe and enact policy as the party platform articulates and who also believe that voting for the presidential candidates that the Republican Party serves up spell long-term doom for that Party, and of course, all those who value limited government, individual liberty, private property rights, free enterprise, and our Constitution.
That being said, I perfectly understand the terror of Obama that will lead some conservatives to vote for whomever the Republican Party serves up as nominee, and I don’t begrudge that or particularly even care. The die is cast, in my mind, and I’ve got the calm that I had back when McCain was nominated. Romney has a good solid chance of winning—he’s not nearly as dreadful a candidate as anyone with sense knew that McCain was. And either way, we’ll get a third party and a long long long time of pain and suffering as a result. It is what it is, and we deserve it, too. America has lost a lot of character over the years, and the consequences of that loss of character will be severe and painful.
Rasmussen is the first political analyst I’ve read who’s hit this theme about the Republican Party’s demise hard. I’m posting an excerpt from it, but with the caveat that I think he’s way too hard on Romney about the famed “47%” comment. I think all Americans know precisely what Romney is talking about—and I think segments of that 47%, such as, for instance, relatives of mine—aren’t offended in the least and want very much to move into the 53% and from thence, to the 1%. The other segments are offended [if they even heard it] but they were going to vote Obama because he gives them free phones anyway.
Make sure you read the entire short piece:
Establishment Republicans in Washington broadly share the Democrats’ view that the government should manage the economy. They may favor a somewhat more pro-business set of policies than their Democratic colleagues, but they still act as if government policy is the starting point for all economic activity.
Republican voters reject this view. They are more interested in promoting free market competition rather than handing out favors to big business. They detest corporate welfare and government bailouts, even though their party leaders support them.
The GOP base sees government as a burden that weighs the private sector down rather than a tool that can generate growth if used properly. Ninety-six percent of Republican voters believe that the best thing the government can do to help the economy is to cut spending and free up more money for the private sector.
The Republican base is looking for someone like a 21st century Ronald Reagan, who will display his faith in the American people. The Washington Republicans are more comfortable with politicians like George W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Though the establishment has dominated the party since Reagan left the White House, the 2012 election could well be the end of the line.
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