LOS ANGELES, October 21, 2014 — Nothing makes the liberal mainstream media happier than repeating the tired storyline about the mythical Republican civil war. Whenever Republicans lose elections, the narrative is they are so divided that they may never put aside their differences and regain power. When Republicans win elections, the champagne bottles barely get popped before the media declares the internal rifts too large to allow for conservative governance.
The liberal media repeatedly gets the entire narrative wrong. Internal fights, up to a certain point, are good. They are healthy. Most importantly, they are necessary. Media liberals fail to grasp this because Republican divisions are far different from Democrat divisions. Democrats are a collection of interest groups. There are no uniting core ideas, no consistent philosophy. Various groups of people all want their own piece of the pie in a zero sum game. The groups put aside their difference and rally around a hatred of conservatives and Republicans just long enough to win elections. Then the post-election knives come out and the various groups gash each other, leading to failed governance.
Republicans have core beliefs that virtually everybody on the GOP team agrees upon. Cutting taxes and killing terrorists are accepted doctrine.
Even with policy harmony, divisions do occur on the Republican side with regards to degrees. On social issues such as abortion and gay marriage, libertarian and socially conservative Republicans differ. Throw in Ron Paul supporters and the level of intervention in foreign affairs gets debated. There is also the debate between conservative outsiders such as columnist Michelle Malkin and radio host Mark Levin on one side and the establishment represented by strategist Karl Rove and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Knockdown, drag-out primaries are fine. They strengthen candidates rather than weaken them. Tough primaries force candidates to sharpen and refine their message. The 2012 GOP presidential primaries worked perfectly. While there was overlap, candidates found clear niches. Rick Santorum
was the social conservative. Newt Gingrich was the foreign policy conservative historian. Mitt Romney was the fiscal conservative businessman technocrat. Ron Paul was the anti-war libertarian. Rick Perry was the Southern conservative. Michele Bachmann was the Tea Party conservative. Gary Johnson was there for everyone who just wanted to get stoned. Every view on the conservative Republican spectrum was represented.
These disagreements are good for the Republican Party and conservatism, but only up to a point. For the moment, that point is past.
Once the primaries are over, everyone on the center-right political spectrum needs to embrace their inner establishment shill. They need to become Reince Priebus’s evil twin. The end of the primaries means Republicans needs to go to the libertarians, the Tea Party, the American Independents, the Constitutionalists, the gay Republicans, the Christian conservatives, and every other member of the team and deliver a simple message.
Shut up and vote Republican.
Just shut up. Vote Republican. Do not argue, debate, or act like spoiled brats by voting third party or staying home. Conservative Republicans are not always right, but liberal Democrats are always wrong. The worst that the Republican Party offers is still better than any Democrat in 2014. Democrats are pretending that if elected they will be anything other than a rubber stamp for President Obama, Senate Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Taking over the Senate and reducing Reid to the role of Minority Leader is the only way to stop the liberal agenda.
It is time for iron-fisted party discipline. It is time for all moderate right and hard right political warriors to be good political soldiers and fall into line.
Unity only works if everyone plays by the rules. Conservatives often see unity as sublimation to the desires of the establishment and the moderates. Unity does not mean caving in on principles, and moderates must mind their manners as well.
In Virginia, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost to a more conservative candidate. Moderate Republicans must shut up, fall in line, and vote in the general election for the more conservative Dave Brat.
In Mississippi, moderate Republican Thad Cochran survived a brutal primary against Tea Party upstart Chris McDaniel. The campaign featured some hardball tactics that left McDaniel supporters singed and seething. They need to get over it now.
By falling in line behind Brat and Cochran, Cantor and McDaniel supporters will be doing more than taking one for the team. In the coming years Cantor and McDaniel may aim for higher office, such as the respective governorships of their states. They will need the Cochran and Brat supporters to win.
In a brutal primary against Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan lost. In another brutal primary against George Herbert Walker Bush, this time Reagan won.
The day after the general election ends, the infighting can resume. Republicans who barely survived primary challenges can be warned that they can always be fired next time. Every day after the general election can be treated as a post-primary period where debates should be aired and philosophies discussed.
The period after the primaries and before the general election is not the time for a circular firing squad. True leaders need to take the warring factions, knock skulls, and remind everybody that no one individual’s bruised ego is more important than the overall conservative Republican movement.
Conservatives and moderates had some healthy debates during the 2014 primaries. 2016 promises another round of vigorous exchanges of ideas.
Until then, winning the 2014 elections and governing is the only thing that matters.
All conservatives and moderates need to duct tape their mouths for the next two weeks, shut up, and vote Republican.
Any other behavior is an endorsement of the Obama-Pelosi hyper-liberalism that is wrecking America.