Building a post establishment GOP
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2015 – The Republican Party establishment is in its death throes. It’s billionaire donors and protective pundits no longer hold sway with GOP voters. The party’s long-suffering conservative base, which has stood loyally by the party longer than could reasonably be expected, no longer delude themselves in thinking the GOP can produce another Ronald Reagan.
The rise of Donld Trump, the imperfect, politically-incorrect outsider embodies the frustration with the GOP’s big-government establishment leadership.
In response, GOP party leaders and “several longtime Republican power brokers argued that if the controversial billionaire storms through the primaries, the party’s establishment must lay the groundwork for a [Republican National Convention] floor fight in which the GOP mainstream could coalesce around an alternative [presidential nominee],” said the Washington Post.
GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson said in a press release, “If the leaders of the Republican Party want to destroy the party, they should continue to hold meetings like the one described… If this was the beginning of a plan to subvert the will of the voters and replace it with the will of the political elite, I assure you Donald Trump will not be the only one leaving the party.”
The tea party insurgency of the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections succeeded in removing some long-term establishment congressional Republicans in the primaries while simultaneously delivering control of Congress to the GOP in the general elections.
When GOP leaders failed to use their new-given power to repeal or diminish Obamacare, grapple with government spending and debt, and challenge President Obama’s unilateral immigration policies, the House Freedom Caucus – comprised of tea party and conservative GOP House members – made it impossible for establishment House Speaker John Boehner to govern, forcing his resignation.
Frustrated GOP voters rally around Donald Trump, no longer trusting establishment or traditional conservative candidates to keep their word if elected.
And fearing a loss of power, GOP elites plot a Beer Hall Putsch to seize control of the Republican party from its voters.
Asked to comment on the GOP leadership’s move to force a brokered convention in 2016, Trump told Fox News, “I don’t think that’s going to happen for a very simple reason: I think I’m going to get a majority [of Republican delegates]. If you look at the various polls, if you go to Iowa… then you go to New Hampshire, you go to South Carolina, you go to Nevada… I’m way ahead in Florida… I think I’m close to running the table, we’ll see what happens.”
“I think people are tired of being politically correct… People are tired of what’s happening in this country,” Trump continued. “And they’re tired of politicians – all talk, no action politicians… the establishment is concerned because they’ve never seen anything like this before. And I’m self-funding. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. And that bothers the establishment too, because, you know, they don’t have a puppet.”
And Republican voters, if the polls are correct, aren’t all that anxious to play the marionette either.