Monday, February 04, 2008

Republican Party Disintegration - We Did it to Ourselves

Tuesday, Super Tuesday, most of the country votes in what is the nearest we've come to a national primary. Even in the beginning of the year and the beginning of the primary voting, we Republicans are faced with voting for left-overs. And it's our own damned fault. It is disgusting to ponder how the Republican Party has disintegrated into a party of weak kneed, faux liberal pansy pantywaists masquerading as true conservatives as to even consider the likes of John McCain as worthy of any office higher than that which he already holds.

Political writer J.B. Williams is as disgusted as I am, but he writes better than me. With everything he wrote on February 1, I whole heartedly agree. Since I have ripped it off lock, stock, and barrel and put it here without so much as a by your leave so that you, good reader, do not have to click to somewhere else that may no longer exist - read it.

How the Republican Party Committed National Suicide

JB Williams

©2008 USA

Republicans no longer control the Republican Party and as a result, they can not advance a truly Republican candidate though the current liberal leaning primary process. By the time 99 percent of Republicans get a chance to vote in the primaries, all real Republicans have already been eliminated from the race. Lesser evil choices are all that remain by Super Tuesday…?

How it Happened

It happened by two important factors.

First, Republicans refused to unite behind any of the conservatives originally in the race. They were divided, and all of their candidates failed as a result.

Evangelicals think Pastor Huckabee is the real conservative in the race based solely upon his evangelical preaching from the stump. Fiscal conservatives think that business man Mitt Romney is the real conservative in the race. Anti-war isolationists think that Ron Paul is the real conservative in the race. Border security – national sovereignty conservatives thought that Duncan Hunter or Tom Tancredo were the real conservatives in the race. War on Terror hawks thought that Rudy Giuliani was the real conservative in the race and the base of the Republican Party, those who are fully conservative on all the above, thought Fred Thompson was the real conservative in the race.

As a direct result of these divisions, the one candidate that is by no means a real conservative in the race, John McCain, is currently leading the race for the Republican nomination. Failing to unite early behind one of the conservatives, left the door wide open for the worst possible result, John McCain.

The second factor is a broken primary process. McCain is not being nominated by conservatives or for the most part, even by Republicans. He is being nominated by liberal voters from liberal leaning states who hold the earliest primaries and vote to eliminate all conservatives from the race before “fly-over” Republicans get a chance to cast a single vote.

A Broken Party

Like it or not, the BIG TENT is collapsing. You can’t invite liberals to your table without inviting their ideologies along. Try this at home with your liberal neighbors if you think I’m wrong on this. They will be happy to eat your food and drink your wine, while they tell you all about the progressive benefits of socialism. They won’t shut up until you stop inviting them for dinner.

Yet this is what the Republican Party leadership decided to do years ago. Invite liberals across the aisle into the fold under the BIG TENT open society philosophy whereby all ideas are welcome if not equal, even when they aren’t.

Today, the base of the party is trying to figure out if or how it can wrestle back control of their party from the dinner guest they invited to the table years ago. The problem is this. RINOs now think it’s their party. They have exercised squatter’s rights. They are using the “possession is nine tenths of the law” defense to claim ownership of the Republican Party now and demanding that “right-wing extremists” (the foundation of the party) leave. The guests are tossing out the hosts.

A Broken Process

How do you expect to advance a Republican candidate via a process designed to net a liberal candidate, voted upon by liberals in Democrat strongholds? The answer is - you can’t. Yet this is what we do.

It is not possible to advance a conservative candidate using liberal RINO, Independent and Democrat voters in liberal strongholds. The Republican primary process MUST change.

The Long-Term Fix

Only registered Republicans should be voting in Republican primaries and Republican primaries must begin in Republican strongholds, not Democrat strongholds up east. There should be no such thing as “open primaries.” Even in many “closed primaries” in Democrat stronghold states, where Republicans seldom have even a chance of carrying the state, many Democrats and Independents register as Republicans for the sole purpose of skewing the Republican nomination. This can not be allowed to continue.

Further, if the Republican nomination process expects to ever advance a conservative Republican candidate, it must start its nomination process in Republican strongholds across the country, not the Democrat strongholds they start in today.

The ten most Republican states in 2004 (a Republican year) were Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Alabama, Kansas, Alaska and Texas, in that order. Yet only one of these states has held a primary thus far, Wyoming. Before the rest will get a chance to vote, all Republicans are out of the race.

Other traditionally Republican strongholds are Indiana, South Dakota, Mississippi, Kentucky, Montana, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. Pick the five most populated states from these two groups and start the nomination process there, if you want to see what real Republicans want for party leadership.

Three of the worst states in which to hold an early Republican primary are Michigan, New Hampshire and Iowa. Yet this is where we begin our nomination process?

Both of these things must change looking forward and they will have to be changed at the state level by simply getting Republican stronghold states to move their primaries up to the front of the line. Don’t count on any help from the Republican National Committee which has long since determined that Republicans must join liberals in order to compete with them.

The ONLY Short-Term Fix

These two changes in the nomination process will allow Republican stronghold states and real Republican voters to advance a real Republican candidate in the future. But it’s too late for 2008.

So a short-term answer for the immediate problem is also in order and only one option is available now…

That option is the subject of my last column,
Time for Some REAL Straight Talk.

Take a moment to read it quickly. Super Tuesday will set the next four years in stone. What we do between now and then makes a difference….

Republicans simply passed on all opportunities to do something smart and unite behind one of the conservatives in the race over the last several months. Now, doing something half-smart is the only immediate option available. Find a way to be part of the solution, not just an angry part of the problem acting out in childish temper tantrums and protest votes.

Half-smart is better than blindly foolish and all wrong any day…

Long term, things must change. But short term, our options are now limited to living to fight another day. Think about it!
I have read many other bloggers who had the right ideas and supported the right candidates, but got sucked into believing they didn't know so much about politics as the next guy and swithed their positions from one to another until the real McCoys were all gone. Now we're down to the dregs. And dregs they are. One who's claim to fame is having been shot out of the sky and the other organized an Olympic Games extravaganza, neither accomplishments being qualifications for Commander-in-Chief and Head of State of the most powerful ecomonic, cultural, and military nation this planet has ever seen.

Half-smart or half-wit, it's all our own doing. Pick one and hope it all comes out in the wash.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

2 hours to go to Super Tuesday.

Romney, Romney he's our man if he can't do it no one can!

Oh ok! I'll vote for McCain first before I would go for hillbilly or Oboma!

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I don't completely agree with JB Williams whole analysis on "what went wrong".

There's several factors at work, and I think no matter who we put forth in this election cycle, given the Bush-fatigue and how pumped up Democrats are over their candidate, our candidate will not have been good enough. Fred Thompson is not the equivalent "rock star" of change, hope, and optimism on the right, that Obama represents on the left. He's just not the conservative candidate that the Reaganites wished him to be. It was wishful thinking from the beginning.

Indigo Red said...

So was Rudy Giuliani, Word, but like rats following the Pied Piper, far too many Republicans invested heavily in Rudy's campaign and ignorred his past.

What Williams is saying is we abandoned our princibles for the expedient candidate we thought could beat Hillary Clinton. Now we've got McCain and his likely VP, Huckabee. Neither of whom come even close to being Conservatives, both being barely to the right of Clinton and Obama. And now it looks like Hillary may not be the Democrat nominee. A fine kettle of fish we've cooked up.

The Executive Branch has been ceded to the Liberals. Clinton and Obama are obvious Libs, but so is McCain. Even if by some miracle, McCain wins in November, so what? He's not a Republican and he's not a Conservative.

So forget the White House this year, it's lost. Move on to the Congress where two-score and seven Republicans are retiring. The Libs are not going to rest on their laurals, letting those seats go unchallenged. The retiring seats must be retained to balance the power of the Democrats.

We can parse the campaign til the cows come home blue in the face, the fact remains, we blew it. Now what are we, what are you, going to do about it?

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I suppose I'm not as hard to the right, conservative, as you are; so with Rudy, I don't feel like I was "abandoning" my conservative principles. Losing elections isn't a principled position, in my mind. So electability has to be taken into consideration with putting forth a candidate who appeals to the other half of the country that does not share my political ideology- or more specifically, the independents and moderates; and at the same time, is not so watered down of conservatism, that he is indistinguishable from the opposition candidate. We can't out-do the liberals by being more liberal.

Clinton and Obama are obvious Libs, but so is McCain. Even if by some miracle, McCain wins in November, so what? He's not a Republican and he's not a Conservative.

This is where I respectfully- strongly, disagree. We may not like some of the decisions he makes; we may have personality issues with him and his temperament; in his relishing the media praise, and his maverickness; but if one looks at his actual voting record, not the emotionalism and hysteria, it is conservative. His lifetime ACU ranking is 82.3%. That's about indistinguishable from Fred Thompson's. Trent Lott, who pretty much has a higher ranking than anyone else in the last 35 years in the Senate, somewhere in the 90%ile, vouches for McCain's conservative credentials, along with many Reagan conservatives. I understand that McCain's ACU ranking the previous year is around 65%; the year before that it was 80%. Is it a downward slide? I don't think so. On the issues, he's been in alignment with President Bush around 91% of the time. Of course, for many conservatives, President Bush himself is a conservative apostate. This is nuts! Party purists will be the ruin of the Republican Party. I don't think it should be such a big tent party, that everyone is in; but it most certainly needs to embrace the idea of diverse opinions. Numbers are important. Given the primary voter turnout, if there are more registered Democratic voters, then we're in big trouble, no matter who we put forth as a candidate.

On the issues where it matters, McCain is a conservative. Maybe not a conservative you like or care to trust, but I think it's hyperbole to call him a liberal, indistinguishable from Hillary or Obama.

Move on to the Congress where two-score and seven Republicans are retiring.

Uh..yeah. Things look bleak there as well.