Days of Change

The Go-To Move | August 3, 2015

All the actions by the GOP in the last few years indicate that the Republican Party has both been trying to compromise more with the current administration and punishing the Tea Party conservatives who oppose Obama, and therefore the GOP leadership’s version of an agenda.

It wasn’t always like this. OR maybe it was.

When Barry Goldwater ran for president in 1964, his brand of limited government had not been seen since Calvin Coolidge or maybe Grover Cleveland. Reagan ran for the Republican nomination in 1968 on a Goldwater conservative platform and almost won, except for some last-minute horse trading at the Convention. At that time, most of the excitement was at the 1968 Democratic Convention and the Republicans were a fading presence. Nixon damaged the brand enough for Reagan to get the nomination in 1980, even though he had to fight Gerald Ford.

Taking conservative principles was the standard for years after the Reagan Revolution. Newt Gingrich went one step further and offered conservative principles as a contract with the country. The Republicans won the majority in both houses for the first time in decades. That lasted about a decade.

New Republicans became fairly corruptible, especially in the third term of their self-pledged two term limits in office. 2006 saw especially big losses among Republicans who came in the 1994 wave. It wasn’t over, though. The Obama strategy of voting for him plus any down ticket Democrat in 2008 led to a filibuster-proof majority, the thing that made Republicans powerless.

Then and only then did people like McConnell and Boehner start talking tough. The GOP Senate blocked and filibustered as much as they could until the magic number of 60 was achieved. This new combative Republican Party encouraged the Tea Party movement and led to a House flip in 2010 and a pull back of the Democratic Party majority. The the GOP pissed it away.

What we didn’t know at the time was that individual Tea Party groups were being embargoed by the IRS because they knew that the Tea Party was an authentic grass-roots movement. If it wasn’t, they wouldn’t have gone after the roots. The GOP leadership often made things difficult for Tea Party groups in 2012 (and frankly, in 2010) to make sure Mitt Romney would get the nomination. Even after that loss, the Republicans in Congress passed tax increases, but chose pointless actions like repealing Obamacare that were ended by simple vetoes.

The scary thing to me is that the Republican Party is run by people who support conservative concepts but live in constant fear that the voting public won’t like them. This leads to a vacillating state where they act conservative only when they have no other option, and win because of it. It is their go-to move in case of crisis. It would be so much better if it were their go-to move in all cases.

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1 Comment

  1. Vis-√†-vis obama, the GOP is collaborationist, aka COWARDS. But what are te afraid of? Losing the black vote? It isn’t theirs to lose. Ditto, he Hispanic vote. Ditto the homosexual vote.

    Do they understand that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain?

    Comment by Mary — August 3, 2015 @ 10:55 pm


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