WASHINGTON, February 17, 2014 — It is hard to get more clueless than the Republican Leadership in Washington. Last week, over the objections of conservatives, the Republican leadership worked to pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase.
The left rose to its feet in applause. The professional Washington political media were overjoyed.
Writing in the Hill today, Juan Williams opined that “Republican Leaders must keep the Tea Party on the run!” Senate Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer have told the Republicans they must repudiate the Tea Party if they want to have a future.
Perhaps the only thing more ridiculous than the advice of the Democrats to the Republicans is the fact that the Republican leadership is apparently listening to this advice. The line the Democrats are selling is that if the GOP ever wants to win another election, it must abandon the Tea Party, abandon the conservative core beliefs the Republicans tell voters they support, and act just like Democrats.
Does anyone really believe Comrades Reid and Schumer really want to see a competitive Republican Party? Does anyone really believe that someone like Juan Williams wants to see any conservative group effectively present its ideas to America?
Elephants are supposed to have an incredible memory, but clearly that trait does not belong to the organization that uses the pachyderm as its mascot. When the Republican Party claimed to be conservative, it eventually took control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.
When they went Democrat-lite, they lost all three. In 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party had less success than General Custer did at his last stand.
In 2010, the Tea Party came along and rescued the Republican Party. The GOP showed its thanks by ignoring the Tea Party in the 2012 elections. Now, in 2013, John Boehner and the Republican leadership in Washington actually want to follow Harry Reid’s advice.
The Republican leadership has turned on the Tea Party.
Does the Republican Party want to be a majority party?
Last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said in a speech that if the GOP did not reach out to minorities, there would never be another Republican president in his lifetime.
But there is another lesson that needs to be learned: A party that cannot turn out its base is doomed. The left knows this. That is why they want the GOP to turn its back on its base.
Why the GOP is doing this no one can really explain, but one thing is certain. If the Republicans continue to listen to liberals and ignore their base, they will become a permanent minority on their way to sharing the fate of the Whig Party.