The Real Problem with the Republican Establishment
"The big mistake of Republican leadership is thinking that going through the motions of listening to their 'base' is the same thing as actually listening to the base. They keep trying to drag us to where they think we should be instead of joining us where we are." -- Yael
If candidates who believe in small government, fiscal responsibility, a strong military, patriotism, freedom, and traditional values can no longer win elections in the United States, then we're finished as a great nation.
A choice between modern liberalism and the "Democrat-lite" philosophy of people like Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is like a choice between cutting your throat with a chainsaw or a rusty saw: one may be a little faster than the other, but both will eventually kill you dead as a doornail. This is something the average conservative understands, but the GOP establishment does not.
At first that may seem puzzling. How is it that so many politicians who've actually managed to get elected again and again, often over long periods of time, can be so dumb?
Well, keep in mind that many of these politicians got to D.C. in the first place because they were the scion of a famous family, had so much money that they practically bought the office, or happened to be extremely well connected. Then because of gerrymandering and the incredible advantages of being an incumbent, most of these sitting members of Congress have seldom had a competitive race since. If they have, some slick consultant who has 50 IQ points on them has come in and fed them every line, directed every commercial, and mapped out every campaign strategy.
At that point, after winning yet another election, they go back to D.C. where their staffers cater to them like a celebrity's entourage and everybody they run into has a great pitch for a museum of cow flatulence or an explanation of why the program to help train orphaned baby seals as lifeguards for Antarctic beaches is dramatically underfunded.