The GOP’s Losing Strategy
January 13, 2014 by Bob Livingston
No group knows better how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory than the Republican establishment. But this election cycle it seems they want to establish their losing strategy early so as to avoid any late-season drama.
Last Presidential cycle, the GOP ensured its defeat by abandoning conservatives. It followed its old script of nominating a milquetoast, faux-conservative warmonger in Mitt Romney, who was campaigning on attacking Iran and Syria and growing government. If that weren’t enough, it engaged in dirty tricks during the primary to defeat Ron Paul, the only conservative in the race.
The GOP’s actions during the primaries discouraged Paul supporters — composed of a mostly younger crowd just cutting their teeth in politics, civil libertarians and doves of a more leftist bent — from participating in an obviously rigged system. And if that weren’t enough to turn off the Paul supporters, the elites humiliated them on the convention floor in Tampa, Fla. Then, when Romney fell short on election night to a Barack Obama who received 3.6 million few votes than he did in 2008, the GOP establishment blamed Paul supporters and the conservative Tea Party for not turning out.
Since then, rather than court them, the GOP has done nothing but antagonize conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party adherents. Establishment Republicans have spit in the faces of rank-and-file conservatives. The establishment has ridiculed and slandered those on the right who have advocated for smaller government, an end to wars, defunding Obamacare, an end to drone attacks, the repeal of National Defense Authorization Act unlawful detention and the Patriot Act, and the cessation of National Security Agency spying. Among the invectives they’ve used: whacko birds, crazy, unpatriotic, ridiculous and bullies who need their noses punched.
Establishment Republicans abandoned Senator Rand Paul during his filibuster over drone attacks in the United States. As evidenced by the popular reaction Paul received both from people who traditionally vote Republican and the Ron Paul crowd who tend to vote libertarian if they vote at all, the elites were on the wrong side of the debate.
The old guard abandoned Senator Ted Cruz during his “filibuster” over Obamacare funding, choosing instead to give only lip service to opposing the law. And given the popular support Cruz received, the elites again opposed what they claim is their base.
During the government shutdown, Weeper of the House John Boehner made a tepid effort to appear conservative and allowed the House to make a few efforts at repealing Obamacare. But he caved and capitulated without getting a single concession from Obama and the Senate Democrats — again to the chagrin of true conservatives who wanted to see government spending reined in.
Karl Rove — author of George W. Bush’s leftist social and neocon war agenda and the losing strategy of the last two elections — has declared war on the Tea Party and is combining with crony capitalists to create a big money political machine to swamp any conservative opposition to conservative-in-name-only incumbents. Not only that, his group is going after conservative incumbents like Representative Steve King, who have stood up to the establishment Republican agenda.
And it’s not just Rove targeting the conservative base and the Tea Party. Republican Representative Steven LaTourette’s Main Street Partnership has two satellite groups — The Main Street Advocacy Fund and the Defending Main Street SuperPAC — planning to spend $8 million to back establishment Republicans who are facing Tea Party challenges in the upcoming election. The Main Street Partnership is funded by corporations and K-Street lobbyists. Its chief operating officer is Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, who also runs a spinoff group called the Main Street Individual Fund that received $50,000 from George Soros in 2002, and again in 2004.
The Defending Main Street SuperPAC received $400,000 from two unions in September and October: the International Union of Operating Engineers and Laborer’s International Union of North America.
I have told you before there is little difference between the two parties in Washington, D.C. They receive their funding from the same sources, and they are beholden to the same puppet masters. They are sociopaths whose sole job is to maintain the perks and privilege of office.
The scowling visage of the surly, tyrannical Representative Peter King is all over the media these days. He’s been appointed attack dog for the establishment. His mission is to paint everyone opposed to the surveillance state and neocon war machine as unpatriotic America-hating cranks set out for the Nation’s destruction. He and the establishment are trying to cover the fact that their military adventurism, cronyism/fascism and money printing are the cause of the economic malaise in this country.
Republican Representative Paul Ryan — another establishment “yes man” and darling — teamed with Democrat Senator Patty Murray in a budget deal that rolled back miniscule “sequester” cuts and added to the budget deficit. When conservatives cried “foul,” the House weeper — who owes his speakership to Tea Party efforts in 2010 and 2012 — said Tea Party and conservative groups had lost credibility and were using Congress and the American people for their own goals.
Now Boehner and the House leadership are pushing for an amnesty bill backed by President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats and, more importantly, Boehner’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporatist handlers. The country currently has the lowest labor participation rate in 35 years. There are 1.5 million fewer Americans working today than in 2006, despite a population increase of 16 million people.
Yet the GOP establishment is advocating for a bill to bring millions of new workers into the country. GOP elites and party bosses claim an amnesty bill will make the Republican Party more attractive to Hispanics. Here’s what it will do (and the real reason they support it): It will provide corporations with a cheap labor pool, drive down wages and send more young people to the unemployment line and onto the government dole.
The GOP elite aren’t really interested in winning the Presidency, and they certainly aren’t interested in shrinking government. Their main aim is to run a crony protection racket and maintaining the fascist system of governance for as long as the money holds out. All other goals are secondary.