A DECADES-LONG LEGACY OF “REPUBLICAN” FAILURE …
|| By FITSNEWS || Is the party finally over for the GOP?
On the one hand, we have the forces fueling the improbable political ascent of say-anything, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump. On the other hand we have a “Republican” establishment that’s “reeling from the feeling” as Trump’s popularity expands.
This establishment has been attacking Trump – and his supporters.
We’re referring of course to the bought-and-paid-for “Republican” party – an entity this website gave up on years ago.
From our post in November 2012 …
… it’s past time that the GOP’s lily white cadre of dark-suited, red-tied, two-faced, big-spending, liberty-depriving, imperialistic, crony capitalistic, currency manipulating, morally sanctimonious, special interest suckling politwhores went away for good .. and let people who actually stand for the things they claim to stand for take a crack at this.
Since we wrote that, the GOP betrayals have mounted. There was the fiscal cliff. The “shutdown” over Obamacare. The capitulation on executive amnesty. More hypocrisy on spending. And of course shilling for Barack Obama’s crony capitalist trade deal.
Hell, even the anti-establishment “Republicans” are bending over for the status quo.
Anyway, there’s a great piece by Breitbart’s Mike Flynn discussing what the Trump phenomenon means for the GOP in a historical sense. According to Flynn, “Republicans” had it made in 1988 when George H.W. Bush was swept into office on the coattails of Ronald Reagan.
What did Bush do?
“He immediately squandered that political inheritance, passing a tax increase, increasing spending on domestic programs and generally expanding the federal regulatory state,” Flynn wrote. “He lost reelection primarily because of conservative anger that vented itself with the Perot campaign.”
More from Flynn’s outstanding analysis …
The Republican party, in Congressional and state legislative races, was given a lifeline in 1994, after the early Clinton Presidency veered too far to the left. Its victories were reactions to oversteps by Democrats rather than an endorsement of its party brand.
Bush, the younger, eked out two presidential victories against deeply flawed Democrat challengers. Both victories were very near-run affairs, capitalizing on Democrat missteps and a more clinical targeting of narrow-interest voters, rather than a positive Republican vision.
After being decimated in the 2008 elections, the Republican party was again given a lifeline by voters outraged over the far-left impulses of the Obama Administration. It has won mid-term elections, which have been framed as reactions to missteps by Obama. It has lost national presidential elections, which are framed as competing visions for the country. In both 2008 and 2012, Republican candidates have suffered declines in turnout from more conservative, working-class voters.
Translation? The GOP has won a pair of low-turnout races (in 2010 and 2014) … and then totally failed to offer anything resembling a distinction from the party they were challenging.
Surprising? Um … no. Remember that U.S. Senate campaign in Mississippi?
“Last year, a Pew Poll found that two thirds of Americans want the next President to reverse course on much of Obama’s policy agenda,” Flynn continued. “Not only has the Republican party not moved in that direction, it has arguably augmented Obama’s legacy by refusing to take action against several of his largest initiatives. The Republican party has placidly stood by while Obama implements his own amnesty program for illegal immigrants. It has led the effort to grant Obama sweeping new powers to negotiate a multi-lateral trade deal. It has also enacted legislation ensuring that Obama’s deal with Iran is implemented.”
Well, we’d have subbed “flaccidly” for “placidly,” but other than that Flynn is spot on.
We gave up on “Republicans” a long time ago … and they’ve done absolutely nothing since then to warrant a reconsideration of our position. If anything, they’ve gotten worse.