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Michael McDaniel: “GOP Project Blue Book”

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WHEN WILL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GET IT?

mm|| By MICHAEL McDANIEL ||  The X-Files is back on TV – and with it comes all the conspiracy theories, government cover-ups and allegations of collusion among power brokers seeking to undermine the American public as they pursue world domination.

Sound familiar?  It should.  Welcome to the GOP establishment’s “Project Blue Book.”

No, these are not aliens – well, not aliens from outer space anyway.  This is the party elite’s effort to make the GOP more Democratic.

In looking at the political map of the fifty states there is a lot of “red” across the fruited plain.  Voters delivered a GOP mandate in 2010 and 2014 to check the overreach of president Barack Obama via the legislative branch.  Landslide victories in these midterm elections created the expectation that Congress would do everything it could to oppose Obama and the Democrats.

We know the results: They rolled over.

GOP Project Blue Book calls for the following: Comply with Obama, ignore the conservative base, embrace political correctness, crave recognition from liberals, rinse and repeat.

It’s not like the GOP isn’t putting up serious candidates, right?  Bob Dole?  He was either going to run as the GOP nominee in 1996 against Bill Clinton – or be Clinton’s running mate. Either way, six of one and a half dozen of the other.  It took twenty years for Dole to make his way to the front of the line, and his patience paid off with a GOP nomination – and another butt-kicking.

Then there was the “maverick of the Senate,” John McCain. McCain switched his ideologies and votes during his tenure as a Senator like the rest of us switch skivvies.  This is known in strategy circles as the “politics of confusion.”  People who work in corporations at upper executive levels refer to it as “moving the target.”

This strategy keep bosses off balance and uniformed as to what their direct reports are doing, or not doing.  Voters scratch their head raw when they ask, “can anyone name one serious accomplishment McCain achieved as a legislator that advanced the cause of freedom”? McCain, or  the “Mav” as we like to call him, was now Top Gun and he deserved his shot at becoming “Viper.”

Unlike Top Gun, this Mav had his wings clipped and permanently grounded.

This brings us to Mr. Squeaky-Clean Mitt Romney – another serious contender for the GOP who had been training in a “Rocky-style” back street gym honing his political physique with Mick in his ear screaming, “you’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!”

None of this happened.  Romney wasn’t built to be serious, eat lightning, or crap thunder.  Everyone in the viewing audience for one of the presidential debates was waiting for Romney to pile-drive Obama with a Benghazi haymaker (insert sound of balloon deflating). Romney was holding the ticket from the ticket-taker that places you in the Republican line. His ticket said “number one”, so it was his turn to run for president.

Clubber Lang prophesied accurately with his prediction; “Pain.”

Now the GOP “smoking man” and his cabal of power brokers such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and most recently, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have conspired to convince us that we need to elect yet another pooh-bear candidate.

GOP Project Blue Book calls for only “club-members”, i.e. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio.  These are centrist candidates who are qualified as being acceptable and electable to be promulgated and endorsed to the masses. Translation – you’re too dumb to figure this your for yourself.

(Note: this writer wrote a column on January 15th predicting that Haley would endorse Rubio after her GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech).

In Haley’s remarks she said of Rubio, “I wanted somebody with fight, I wanted somebody with passion, I wanted somebody who had the conviction to do the right thing, but I wanted somebody humble enough to remember he works for all the people.”

It has been reported by other news outlets that GOP party chiefs had her on the hook for an establishment bearhug of Rubio right after New Hampshire, but this was halted due to his performance.  The establishment noble-ring signet has now been kissed to the forehead of the newly ordained Rubio.  We can all now think accordingly.

Let’s not forget about the  GOP “donor class” party in South Carolina that was charitably referred to as a “debate.”  This carefully chosen crowd purposely booed outsider candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz as they embraced the mushy middling of Bush, Kasich and Rubio.

GOP voters keep trying to tell the establishment; “Understand this!” Outsider candidates (Trump, Cruz and Ben Carson) account for more than sixty percent of the party’s vote, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average.

The “rage against the machine” is in full swing with a majority of support going to candidates not tainted by anti-American ideas such amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Voters want candidates who have not sold their soul in the form of Obamacare financing or the Omnibus Budget Bills that spend the end to our children’s future.  Instead, they are attracted to leaders who will reclaim America’s mantle as the greatest, most powerful nation in the world – and the leader of the free world.  They also want a president who will follow the Constitution and the rule of law.

Why can’t the establishment figure this out?  Simply explained, it’s because they choose not to believe what the truth is, because they’ve been blinded by the “blue” in an effort to be accepted by Democrats and praised by the media.

The good news?  Voters remain intent on helping the establishment get over their “blues.”  By accessing rogue sites on their laptops and smartphones – they know a new era of information is out there.  They know “the truth is out there.”

Found somewhere across the fields of Iowa, unearthing the stories no one else is willing to tell, Michael McDaniel takes on the political landscape with a hoe and a determination to pluck some weeds. Michael is a political writer and commentator covering national and election politics with an edge and a grind that brings the story out of the shadows into the clear open spaces for everyone to see and appreciate.