For as long as I can remember, the notion of Conservatives jumping the GOP ship has been met with the reasoning that Conservatives need to “take it back,” not abandon it. I know I’m not alone when I say that, the GOP can simply kiss my ass. It’s time. Crack that party in two like a stale cookie.
Some would argue that it would only ensure Democrat control of Washington and the State Houses across the land. I’m inclined to disagree, and this is why.
The Republican Party gained 63 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, recapturing the majority, and making it the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since the 1938 midterm elections. The Republicans gained six seats in the U.S. Senate, gained 680 seats in state legislatures, control of 25 state legislatures and control of 29 of the 50 State Governorships. This was brought about by an energized Tea party movement. A stunning victory and thorough trouncing, no two ways about it.
Low Voter Turnout In 2012
While there seemed to be energy and momentum for the Romney Ryan Ticket, this simply didn’t pan out at the polls. The energy was largely by the political junkies and die hard voters that never miss a chance to go to the voting booth, down to races for dog catcher. Voter turnout came in at 60% of eligible voters. I cannot help but think that there was a lack of enthusiasm by Conservative voters that could not bring themselves to pull the lever for a moderate, no matter how intense the dislike of the Democrat in the Oval office. Some of the gains made in in State Legislatures and Gubernatorial offices were also lost. The energy simply wasn’t there, and there was a degree of disappointment by the base that those elected in 2010 simply did not live up to their conservative campaign promises.
How Long Have We Been Griping About RINO’s?
Call them RINO’s, call them Republicrats, call them moderates, call them what you will. These centrist Republicans are not a well liked bunch. Soft on issues and lacking in spine, they are typically multi-term careerist politicians that drive the abysmal opinion polls of Congress in general. They dismiss the base, calling them radicals or extremists or (my personal favorite) “Hobbits”. Way to energize the Party, boys!
Displeasure With The Party Establishment
With the debate over “the fiscal cliff” and the resultant concessions by Senate and House Republicans and their weak kneed skills at negotiation on the behalf of the establishment leadership, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Party. These people are simply not doing the job that they were sent to the Hill to do. They have spent far too many years in Washington and not listening or spending time with their constituency.
Combine all these factors and calculate the percentages. Many factions within the Party are displeased with the performance of the GOP to say the least. Cleaning house sounds good, but has that not been tried to little if any effect? I’m inclined to agree with those that are calling for a repeat of 1854 when a coalition of disenfranchised Whigs, Abolitionists, modernizers and Free Soilers broke apart the Whig Party and formed the Republican Party. Sometimes the structure is beyond remodeling, you have to knock the house down and build new. At this point the house is worth less than the dirt it sits on.