GOP: A party divided against itself cannot win

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WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 — With less than a month until this year’s congressional midterm elections, things are looking pretty good for Republicans. While there are some concerns about a few races, such as Townhall’s Guy Benson, overall it looks like Republicans are poised to take back the Senate.

According to  Real Clear Politics’ polling average, the Republicans have a good shot at picking up at least 7 Senate seats, 8 if Kansas goes from purple to red. Many of these races are still relatively tight, but things seem to be favoring the GOP. Even the heavily biased New York Times conceded that:

“The fight for control of the Senate is stable and tight, with Republicans maintaining the inside track to a majority in the latest round of data from the New York Times/CBS News/YouGov online panel of more than 100,000 respondents.

The Republicans lead by at least four percentage points in enough races to finish with 50 seats — just one short of the 51 seats they need to overcome Joe Biden’s tie breaking vote and take the Senate. The Republicans’ likely gains include six seats currently held by the Democrats: in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. If those leads hold up, Republicans have four opportunities to capture the 51st seat they need in Colorado, North Carolina, Iowa and Kansas.”

If this weren’t enough, Real Clear Politics compiled polling data showing that Republicans may pick up 2 House seats as well.

While this is very good news for Republicans, they must tread carefully as defeat can surely still be snatched from the jaws of victory in November. All of these signs of a Red Wave mean nothing if Republicans do not unite as party on election day. It happened during the 2012 Presidential Election and it most certainly can happen again.

In recent times there has been a lot of in-fighting among the various factions of the Republican Party. This has been especially true throughout this year’s election cycle between the “GOP Establishment”  – which argues that those who are further right on the are “too radical” – and the “Tea Party” which claim that those who are closer to the center are “big government progressives.”  This type of in-fighting is not only useless, but also prevents conservatives from focusing on its true opponent, the Left.

A speech by conservative talk show host Mark R. Levin at the Media Research Center’s 2014 Gala highlights the problem. Levin, who was this year’s winner of the “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence,” “scolded establishment Republicans and urged conservatives to emulate the examples of ideological integrity set by Buckley and Ronald Reagan.” The speech suggests Levin has lost sight of the big picture. While it is true that Republicans need to stick to their principals, they cannot let petty squabbling destroy them. Wasn’t it Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment that staed “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”?

As November midterm elections quickly approach, Republicans must ask whether shooting themselves in the foot in the name of ideological purity is worth it? Is allowing Harry Reid to remain as Senate Majority Leader worth it? Is allowing the left to appoint whomever they choose to the Supreme Court or position of Attorney General worth it? The answer to these questions should definitely be a big fat “No!”.

With victory within their grasp, Republicans cannot afford to squabble senselessly and definitely cannot afford to stay home on election day.

The GOP needs supporters to get out and cast their ballot, and they need to stand united as one party.

As President Lincoln once famously said “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”



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