WASHINGTON, May 6, 2016 — According to Real Clear Politics, Congress’ approval rating is 14 percent, almost an all-time low. Its disapproval is up to 77 per cent. Instead of seizing the greatest opportunity to recreate the GOP and reshape the landscape in Washington, establishment conservatives, or “establicons,” are turning to the enemy of my enemy—establishment candidate Hillary Clinton—as their hope to regain power sometime in the future.
George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, wrote in an April 29 column, “If Trump is nominated, Republicans working to purge him and his manner from public life will reap the considerable satisfaction of preserving the identity of their 162-year-old party while working to see that they forgo only four years of the enjoyment of executive power.”
Will proposes that Republicans should work to give Hillary Clinton the White House in order to regain establishment power in four years, never mind up to four Supreme Court appointments and more trillions in national debt.
Will further posits that the Republican convention should do this because it is a “deliberative body … rather than one that merely ratifies decisions made elsewhere, some of them six months earlier.”
What conservative claims that legitimate votes of citizens are merely decisions made elsewhere? Will unintentionally revealed that establishment conservatives are no better than those we have been told are our enemies, establishment liberals.
The establicon message seems to be, “You are not conservative unless we lead you.”
He is not alone. National Review, the iconic magazine of establishment conservatism, just published a piece by Dan McLaughlin, contributing editor at Redstate.com, that transparently ignores reality in order to diminish Trump.
McLaughlin’s article warns down-ticket Republicans about the Trump nomination: “So here are your problems. Problem No. 1 is turnout. A lot of Republicans are deeply distressed and dispirited—or outraged—by Trump.”
Back on Earth, Trump is on track to break the GOP record for the most Republican primary votes in history and the highest turnout since 1980. Compared to 2008, the last time both parties had contested primaries, Republican turnout is up 70 per cent.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced he is “not yet ready” to support the GOP nominee Donald Trump. Isn’t this the same “conservative” who signed off on another $2 trillion in debt so that the budget would not be an election issue? If only he could stand on his conservative principles in dealing with President Obama.
The Republican/conservative establishment had fair warning. Packed with frustrated grassroots conservatives, the tea party movement played a major role in the GOP picking up 63 seats to retake the House in 2010. Reading the writing on the wall, establicons went on the offensive to maintain their control and limit the influence of the upstart grassroots conservatives.
House Speaker Boehner—Speaker only because tea party candidates helped give the Republicans the majority—removed tea party favorites Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Justin Amash of Michigan and Dave Schweikert of Arizona from influential committees based on insufficient loyalty to party leadership. In 2014, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed “to crush tea party candidates.”
The heavy hand of the GOP establishment reduced the impact of the less-than-organized tea party grassroots, but the tea party had the last laugh: Its candidate won the seat vacated by Boehner under pressure for new leadership. Marco Rubio, elected by the tea party in Florida but who opted in to Boehner’s circle, was recently crushed in his presidential primary bid in his home state of Florida.
Mulitple GOP leaders have announced they will not attend their party’s convention. The establicons are reaping what they have sowed: They suggest conservatives can vote for Hillary to save conservatism or not vote at all based on principle. Those who disagree are not true conservatives unless we follow them.
The Republican primaries gave the grassroots answer: Nuts.
Outside-the-beltway conservatives are mad as hell and they are just not going to take it anymore.