Thursday, October 29, 2009

Big Trouble Brewing in The GOP

In case you haven't noticed, there is troubling brewing in the Republican party. As I have said all along, the tea parties were not just about Obama, the Democrats, and the overreaching and over spending of government. It was also about the Republican party. Many of us who are Republican are fed up with our party as well. We are sick of politicians who claim to be Republican, but spend like a Democrat (Pres. Bush, can you hear me?). We are sick of Republicans who compromise their principles. We are sick of Republicans who are, for all intent and purposes, a Democrat.

Last year when head of then NRSC, our own Sen. John Cornyn backed Arlen Specter for re-election (before he changed parties), Republicans went ballistic. I can't tell you the anger I saw. Of course Specter left Cornyn out hanging to dry, so that's what he gets for his trouble. But it's much more than Specter. It's about the people of the Republican party up against the establishment of the Republican party. It's a battle that the leaders of the GOP do not want to talk about. But it's there, it's brewing, and it's about to boil over.

Republicans who voted for TARP and the Stimulus bill only added fuel to the fire. Enough is enough. It was time to fight back.

This is what I was talking about in my post earlier this week on "NY-23" regarding the harbinger of change for the Republican party. The special election in District 23in New York has a three-way race, but Republicans are more interested in the race between Republican party backed Dede Scozzafava and Conservative party Doug Hoffman than they are the Democrat. This is people v. Party, make no mistake about it. Newt Gingrich came out for Scozzafav and has been excoriated for it. Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Steve Forbs. and Gov.Tim Pawlenty are backing Hoffman. Newt says it's all about local control. see Newt, we have a big problem with "local control" of the GOP as well. The old GOP needs to get on board or get out of the way. Did you wonder why the latest poll shows conservatives as the largest ideological group in the country at 40% (liberals are at 21%), yet only 20% identify themselves as Republican? This is why.

This situation is also brewing in our Governor's race. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is endorsing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her bid to unseat incumbent Gov. Rick Perry. Sarah Palin has endorsed Gov. Rick Perry.

Now, a lot of people might say that Rick Perry is old school GOP as well, but I think Perry wisely saw the writing on the wall, and did things we liked. He rejected the strings attached federal stimulus funds. This was big and it was important to us. Then the icing on that cake was when he argued the 10th Amendment for state rights, and that he might resist the federal health mandate should Obamacare succeed. He rightly claimed that a government run healthcare system is financially unstable and that states must find solutions to their problems. Then in April, Perry announced his support for a non-binding resolution in the Texas House that says the federal government has overstepped the authority granted to it by the Constitution.

That roar you hear in the background is millions of people shouting, "It's about time!!!"

So Perry kind of won his street cred with the tea party protesters there.

Cheny vs. Palin. Could it be more delicious?

Politically it's just fascinating now. The liberals are starting to get very upset with their Mr. Wonderful, Obama, who is not living up to anyone's expectations, and then there is this internal battle in the Republican party that has only just begun.

If Republicans think they can slide into 2010 on the back of an unhappy out of work populace disappointed with Democrats, they better think again. Republicans used to say that "any Republican would be better than a Democrat." We don't say that anymore. Now, we say, "Be the small government, low taxes, property rights, gun right, and pro-life Republican we want, or get off the stage."

The fact is, it couldn't get any worse than it is right now. Maybe a good taste of Democratic leadership is what this country needs to see how sorry that is.

In other words, just because you have a "R" next to your name, doesn't mean we are going to vote for you. Prove yourself. Tell me you believe in the constitution. Tell me you believe in state rights. Tell me you will not spend any more money that we don't have. Tell me you will not allow this government to take over private industry. Tell me you will let business thrive with low taxes, less red tape, and incentives. Tell me you believe in freedom, liberty, and the principles this country was founded upon. Tell me that government was never meant to be our daddy. Tell me that we will teach people not to depend on the government, but to bear responsibility for their own lives.

Tell me all that, and then we will vote for you. Just because the GOP has backed you, does not mean you automatically get my support anymore.

No more.

Stay tuned. 2010 is sure to be a doozy.