“CONSERVATIVE” ACTIVISTS FACE BACKLASH AFTER THREATENING TO FORM THEIR OWN PARTY
The wholesale implosion of the “Republican” party continued this week when so-called “conservative” radio host Erick Erickson convened yet another establishment conclave in the hopes of derailing the ascendency of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
Erickson gathered a group of “conservative” luminaries at a Washington, D.C. hotel – weeks after leading GOP politicians and business leaders attended an anti-Trump gathering at a posh resort on the Georgia coast.
The goal of Erickson’s gathering? To prepare for the possibility that Trump secures the necessary number of delegates to become the GOP presidential nominee.
“I think that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, the Republican Party ceases to be the party that I was an elected representative of,” Erickson said. “It becomes a protectionist, anti-immigration party, which is something I want no part of. So there is going to have to be the groundwork for a new political party in the country that represents people who typically have been Republican voters in the past.”
Them’s … fightin’ … words …
Erickson said his plan to form a new party was a “fallback” strategy – in the event efforts to deny Trump the nomination are unsuccessful.
“The plan is still to try to stop him from getting 1,237 delegates,” he said. “We all have to rally to Ted Cruz and figure out what to do about about John Kasich in order to deny Donald Trump 1,237 delegates which he would need to be the nominee. If we can do that, everyone may set aside the third-party option.”
Not all establishment “Republicans” are on board with Erickson’s efforts, though.
“I am not sympathetic at all to the Erick Ericksons of the world,” former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich said. “If they want to form the ‘Let’s help elect Hillary Clinton club’ fine, but they ought to be honest about it. Any effort to help anybody but the Republican nominee helps Hillary Clinton.”
While Gingrich focused on political realities, it was former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee who nailed the essence of this anti-Trump movement.
“It’s just the most remarkable thing,” Huckabee said. “I was listening to Erick Erickson, who I like, and have a great deal of respect for. But when Erick said that ‘we got together and decided that this wasn’t going to work’ – I just – I was screaming at the monitor.”
“Who is we?” Huckabee asked, incredulously. “I thought we had voters?”
Huckabee – who dropped out of the race following a disappointing performance in early-voting Iowa – said his defeat shouldn’t entitle him to “go start a third party” or try to “blow up the Republican Party because I didn’t get my way.”
“I accept that in an election, voters get to make this decision,” Huckabee said. “(But) the message that’s coming across is ‘the voters are stupid, so we’ll figure out a way to make the decision for you because we don’t trust you.’ Newsflash: The voters don’t trust the people who have been in power. They’re sick of them, they’re tired of their orthodoxy, it has hurt them.”
Amen to that …
Huckabee wasn’t done, though. He proceeded to rip into Erickson and his fellow “conservative activists” as to the real reasons they are attacking Trump: Money. And Power. And maintaining their access to both.
“What Donald Trump threatens is not just the political orthodoxy, what he threatens is the economic engine of the political consultant class, who always are going to be able to make a lot of money on every election because there’s an insular group of consultants and advisors – and these are not people who are in Donald Trump’s orbit,” Huckabee said. “And they know that if Donald Trump gets elected, it is their economic world, their – their power. It disappears. It goes away. They’re scared to death that they’re going to be in the shape that American workers have been in when they’ve lost their jobs and they don’t have pensions – and it’s terrifying to them.”
“Well, guess what? Maybe if they’d of been a little more sensitive about how terrified American workers were, they wouldn’t be faced with this,” Huckabee added. “So forgive me if I don’t have to get out a box of Kleenex right now and cry all over my britches because this is about when voters make a decision, you suck it up and accept it.”
This website has never been friendly to Huckabee. In fact we were harshly critical of his 2016 candidacy. But let’s be honest: He absolutely nailed it here – exposing this “conservative” movement for exactly what it is: Sheer self-interest masquerading as principled obstructionism.
Obviously establishment self-interest is par for the course in politics … but in this case the elites are actively seeking to subvert the expressed will of the electorate.
Which is a dangerous new dimension indeed …
RAPID REACTION >>>
@fitsnews This upheaval has been needed since the GOP forced John McCain on us.
— John Jacobs (@JohnRJacobsJr) March 18, 2016
Still waiting on the ‘last splinter of the wreck’ to float by!
The “Republican” party is splintering itself into a European-looking mess. They have a gazillion parties there — and look at them. Sage words from the Rev. Huckabee.
Suggestion for New Party Name
The Sphincter Party – “With Us in Power the World Will Smell Better”
Yeah right. It is amazing to me that anybody believes that Trump will/can do 1/4 of what he proposes. I call em the OJ Jurors. The rich and powerful will be just fine no matter who is office. And Newt and Huckabee have been kissing Donald’s ass for a few months – the Jr Chris Christies. Maybe Newt wants to be the Moon Ambassador and Huck will need a job if he doesn’t get his Fox News gig back .
It is amazing to me that anybody believes that Trump will/can do 1/4 of what he proposes. I call em the OJ Jurors. The rich and powerful will be just fine no matter who is office.
You may well be correct, but even if he doesn’t…think of the sheer entertainment value.
(heh) (heh) ….. do YOU want to make her bark like a dog? [you dog..!!]
do YOU want to make her bark like a dog?
Oh. HAY-ULL. No!
Oops! I’m sorry, that was my mistake —
At our staff meetings, Rocky slithers like a snake and I am the one that barks like a dog.Good for morale and we get a coupon for a 2 piece Popeyes chicken.
Look who’s back again. Airport High School upgrades schedule?
In the old days, Bill used to call her the retriever.
What is it with all these fat slob, double chinned, window box belly so called “king maker conservatives” against Donald Trump? they are fat, undisciplined, all they do is talk, eat, drink, and sit on their behinds, I think about Carl Rowe, Glen Beck, and this fat slob Erickson!!!! All of you on a diet!!!!!!!!!!!! Rowe said in the last election we would win in a “landslide” the idiot was saying this on the day of the election!!! Just like Hilter in the bunker, he should have been fired from Fox, for being a stupid…..this one is on his way for the triple double chin…..
Talk about Hitler in a bunker – all the Breitfart readers convinced Trump wins in a landslide.
You left out Luntz.
Trump threatens only the good sense and good taste of Americans. Those who would vote for him lack both.
I swear Huckabee pisses me off. He mostly is a common sense rational logical guy like in the above video. Then when he runs for President he goes all South with a bunch of religious taliban nuttery. It is a Jekyll and Hyde thing.
Yeah, and when he went to Kentucky, or wherever to support that lady that would not issue marriage certificates to gays, that was the last straw with me.
He was playing the “religious opportunist”. His support is limited, just like his political impact since he was Governor of Arkansas.
His propensity for “religious over reach” is a “turn off”‘
Huckabee’s daughter works for Trump.LMAO! My kid is in prison.LMAO!
Common sense rational logical guy? The guy is a huckster. He only latches on to issues to get publicity.
Have you ever heard him speak about the role of Government or on spending issues when he isn’t in full blown televangelist mode? The guy makes some serious, doable, points that most any thinking person unswayed by special interests or single issue anchors could agree on. Part of being President is having the right advisers around you, so he seems to be seriously lacking on that front.
Maybe he can say things that make sense but I still believe he is only saying them to get attention for himself. When I look at his record as a public official I don’t get the sense that he means half of what he says.
Isn’t that the rub with all of them? That’s what brought Bernie and Trump up so high. I see your fan boy from Ohio is showing you the love again, has he called off the attorney General of Ohio? Talk about Jekyll and Hyde, LOLZ.
What would Warrant that comment? LMAO!! I love the ‘De’ Wine!
I’m glad he isn’t wasting the taxpayer’s dime on investigating people that clean his clock on this website on a regular basis but I almost wish he did. Can you imagine how pissed off the DA and the police would be if during their investigation they found out he was doing this kind of thing?
I support Bernie but would vote for Trump.Huckabees daughter works for Trump and that sways my vote.
I have serious concerns for THE DON’s safety.
Did you see the news today? Some Bernie Sanders supporting American hating leftist like ME (I didn’t do it-too much of a pussy and ‘boss’ has me on another project) threatened DON and his family.
DON should whine, change his name & make idle threats about lawsuits.
Lady I love when you get frisky!LMAO!
Donald already makes idle threats about lawsuits, where do you think pogo got that from? ; )
Well, Don threatened Cleveland with riots, so fair’s fair.
I have serious concerns for America’s safety if he wins the election.
Its time to vote these son of bitches out. Sick of their greedy shit. Start with that queer Lindsey Graham.
Quite the load of nonsense coming from Huckabee and Gingrich. When I started voting Republican, I did not undertake an obligation to support every fool who filed the papers to run as a Republican. I, and millions of others who hitherto have considered themselves to be Republicans, will not vote for a candidate we believe to be an ignorant, ill-informed, misogynistic, bigoted, scumbag, just because he now calls himself a Republican. Trump has no coherent position on any issues because they are not important to him. His personal aggrandizement is all that is important to him. He’s unelectable. Even if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be elected with my vote.
“If they want to form the ‘Let’s help elect Hillary Clinton club’ fine, but they ought to be honest about it. Any effort to help anybody but the Republican nominee helps Hillary Clinton.”
Sounds to me like a strong endorsement for a centrist party to come up, and go to a 3 party system. take away the middle and leave the GOP and the Dems with the crazy fringe, because thats who they have been catering to this whole time
Problem is crazy Bernie supporters, criminal Hillary supporters and those on the left hate America and we are easily exposed as communists.
I predict the GOP has ran 60% or more of the Independents away from voting for them by their actions if they succeed in killing Trump
The GOP is as big a loser as the Democrats when it comes to honor and being able to be trusted. To Hell with American Politicians!
The GOP tasked its propaganda arm, Fox News, with killing Trump in the first debate. When Fox failed, they had no back up plan. Now they are so desperate you have Lindsay Graham, endorsing the guy who he said you could murder on the Senate Floor and no one would care.
I agree with him on that last point, but the GOP is becoming a total joke at this point. I am becoming increasingly certain, the Republican Party will do whatever it takes to deny Trump the nomination. They are treating the Primaries like the general election with Trump on the other side. Under no set of circumstances could they say they have treated Trump like any other contender for the Republican nomination in history.
If Trump breaks the GOP into two parties, I think that would be good for the country, because I think the Democratic party would follow suit. That would mean the end of a system dominated by two parties.
Republicans will destroy themselves and a new party will form in its wake. I don’t see this country being more than two party any time soon.
Fox News’ O’Reilly and Hannity are two of Trump’s major boosters.
Rubert Murdoch, Fox News owner, has tweeted that the GOP should unite behind Trump.
Fox News MADE Donald Trump as someone the besotted and benighted could take seriously as a politician who knew squat about anything but grifting.
Republicans are crazy to have allowed Trump in the door. Same goes for Democrats and Bernie. Anytime a party let’s someone in, off the street to claim they are a kinda sorta member to run for president is not thinking straight.
The GOP doesn’t have to treat like any other contender because he is not a Republican.
I don’t agree with you on this. All of this pseudo support only came about after they failed to destroy him in the first debate. They really are constantly running negative stories about him. Now that is not unusual for the press, but it is unusual for Fox when a Republican is involved.
Huckabee’s daughter works for Trump and Gingrich, one of the most notorious of the GOP class of book selling grifters – like Huckabee, is known to be one of his advisors.
These two once were GOP ‘establishment’. But, that flew out the window when they started running for president as a way to generate income.
It’s great when your enemies hate each other more than they hate you.