GOP establishment gears up to destroy any chance at midterm success in 2014

To the GOP ruling class, conservatives, not the Democrats, are the true enemy and will be treated accordingly. Photo: Associated Press

HOUSTON, December 30, 2013 ― The establishment GOP in Washington hates the Tea Party and the conservative wing of the party more than they do the Democrats. They will make very clear that instead of riding a conservative wave to a landslide victory in the 2014 midterms, they will do everything in their power to sabotage conservative and Tea Party candidates for their own personal benefit.

Many establishment groups have been vocal about their strategy to attack principled conservatives. Karl Rove’s American Crossroads is “preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates.” The Chamber of Commerce, who supports illegal and cheap labor and wants to push for amnesty and further corporate welfare, recently devoted “at least 50 million dollars” to stop Tea Party candidates and promote moderate Republicans. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette has started a PAC that has aired aids against the Tea Party in states where 2014 Senate contests will be held. Very few of the Republican commentariat do not demean and berate principled conservatives on a regular basis.


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If Republicans were as concerned as they say with winning in 2014 and 2016, the GOP establishment in Washington would get out of the way and let the grassroots work the same magic it did in 2010. Instead they are doing everything in their power to make conservatives, their most reliable base of support, shut up and sit down. This is a colossal mistake that will lead to the Democrats retaining control of the Senate in 2014. It may lead to the end of the Republican Party.

The ruling class in Washington, on both sides of the aisle, has spent generations developing a system where the American people are largely uninvolved, and therefore politicians can absolve themselves of responsibility for most any legislation or problems that may arise with legislation. The ruling class is very happy with this status quo.

Conservatives want to change the way Washington works and make all representatives more responsive to the will of the American people. Accountability is the very last thing the ruling class on either side of the aisle wants to accept, and the conservative movement has sometimes shown the muscle to force it upon them. For that, the establishment GOP will partner with the progressive Democrats to do their best to cleanse conservative principles from Washington.

Senator Ted Cruz often says that “liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified.” Cruz believes that the best way to terrify politicians is to threaten to hold them accountable to the American people. This is exactly what he has been able to do, and exactly the reason that the establishment GOP criticizes Cruz on a personal level more bitterly than they do Obama.


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Cruz set up online petitions and held townhalls all across the country on the topics of gun control, Obama’s proposed Syrian war and the Defund Obamacare strategy. In all three instances, the outcome would have been much different had Cruz and his cohorts not engaged the conservative grassroots. This has enraged establishment Republicrats, and for this they are willing to lose as many elections as necessary to return to the status quo of unaccountability, keeping the will of the American people as irrelevant as possible.

Republicrats believe that if they can dry up the campaign coffers of the conservatives, Karl Rove and the other big money Republicrats can run enough TV ads to defeat conservatives. The plan is for conservatives to lose enough congressional races in 2014 to convince big money donors to no longer donate to conservative groups such as Club for Growth, the Heritage Foundation and the Senate Conservatives Fund in the 2016 presidential election cycle.

This plan was implemented in the Virginia governor’s race in November, which principled conservative Ken Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe by about 3 percent of the vote. Cuccinelli is a Tea Party star and the first attorney general in the country to file suit against Obamacare. The establishment though, greatly needed Cuccinelli to lose this race. If he won, it would be seen as a sign of Tea Party strength before the 2014 midterms, ruining the Republicrats’ strategy of showing big donors that donating to conservative causes is worthless.

This race was a perfect example and warning of what is to come in the midterms in 2014 and beyond. As summarized here, it is very apparent that the establishment Republicrats did not put in any effort on Cuccinelli’s behalf:


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“The national party spent $9 million to support Bob McDonnell in his successful bid for governor of Virginia in 2009, which he won by 17 percent. They spent less than 3 million in this race. The Chamber of Commerce spent over $one million to support Bob McDonnell in 2009 and did not spend a dime in support of Cuccinelli.

“Governor McDonnell’s Lieutenant Governor, Bill Bolling, refused to endorse Cuccinelli and repeatedly badmouthed him to the press. Chris Christie refused  to campaign for him, even when his victory was a certainty. George Will, establishment GOP mouthpiece and columnist for the Washington Post, wrote an article titled ‘Cuccinelli is far from the best choice for Virginia’ and endorsed the third party candidate, who had no chance at victory. There was a concerted effort on the part of the GOP establishment to make sure the Tea Party did not get credit for this victory, even if that meant delivering a critical swing state to the Democrats.”

If the Republican Party truly wanted to win and not just cleanse itself of principled conservatives, it would follow the distinctive pattern that has recently emerged. In the last four election cycles, Republicans have been badly beaten three times. In 2010, however, when the conservative grassroots led the agenda, the Republicans won 63 new seats. That was the second-largest number of new seats won in the House of Representatives in one cycle in the history of the country.

In the last 40 years, Republicans have won the presidency by a landslide twice. They were led both times by Ronald Reagan, a principled conservative and not the establishment choice. Reagan won 44 states in 1980 and 49 states in 1984.

The GOP ruling class’ shortsightedness and lack of principles will cost the GOP control of the Senate and very well may destroy the Republican party in its entirety. Anyone who is opposed to the fascist Obama agenda had better hope that they choose a different course, however, it has been made clear that conservatives, the GOP’s base, and not Democrats are the real enemy.


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James R. Edwards is a medical malpractice defense attorney in Houston, Tx. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from LSU (Geaux Tigers!) in Psychology and subsequently went on to attend the University of Houston Law Center. James became interested in politics in law school because of the consistent and oppressive disgust and revulsion shown by the staff and Professors for the Constitution and for America in general. He is a tireless advocate for federalism and minimizing the impact the federal government has on all of our lives. 

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