Are We About To Hear The GOP's Death Rattle?
November 11, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Is the Republican Party set to take a dive in order to put the Tea Party back in its place? If so, it’s signing its own death warrant and we’ll be hearing its death rattle this time next year.
In a column for lewrockwell.com, Karen Kwiatkowski writes that she believes the GOP hierarchy is secretly hoping that President Barack Obama wins a second term. Such an outcome would “rally the party troopers and inspire order” lost by the growing Tea Party movement. It’s a theory that would explain many things.
It would explain why party insiders are so staunchly behind Mitt Romney (a two-faced, flip-flopping Northeastern liberal) and Rick Perry (a bumbling, ignorant crony capitalist who has effectively taken himself out of the race) — who also happen to be Bilderberg favorites — despite Tea Party opposition to them. It also explains why there has been such an effort to cut Herman Cain’s legs out from under him with increasingly flimsy-looking evidence of misconduct. (Not that Cain has the wisdom or moxie to change anything, but he’s clearly off the Republican reservation.) It also would explain why there was such a push by insiders to prod New Jersey Governor Chris Christie into the race.
Finally, it explains the party propaganda machine’s overt efforts to marginalize and minimize Ron Paul, the only candidate to pose a stark contrast to Obama and with the broad appeal needed to take him out in November.
Kwiatkowski, a candidate for Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, notes that Republicans in her State are upset that hard-core conservatives are challenging party-selected insiders by running against them in primaries or as independents. It’s a rift that led Republicans to boot from party rolls the State’s attorney general and some other elected Republican office holders.
She sees a similar rift developing between Party elites and Tea Party members across the country.
Joining the Tea Party’s call for smaller government, an end to crony capitalism and foreign entanglements are four segments that could form a nascent party, she writes. It’s possibly the new “Fed-up” party Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) predicted days ago could soon rise.
Those segments are Democrats, especially the anti-war crowd who are becoming more aware of the influence of the Federal Reserve and crony capitalism; independents frustrated with the uniparty spending machine in Washington; Libertarians, who see their party growing in popularity, especially with the under-30 crowd; and Republicans fed up with the party’s big government shenanigans that have gone on since the Nixon years.
It’s clear the party elites are pushing to nominate a sure loser, just as they did in 2008 with McCain — which, ironically, led to the rise of the Tea Party in the first place.
But if the GOP elites think four more years of Obama will drive the Tea Party herd back into the corral, it’s making a serious miscalculation. Or, as Kwiatkowski writes, “By the time the GOP controllers realize that the Tea Party Constitution Liberty and Peace Train has left the station, the Grand Old Party will have gone the way of the Whigs in 1852.”