I have been discussing the ruling class Republican’s dislike of the Tea Party for several months. Recent articles in the MSM are all denouncing the Tea Party’s influence and integrity-of course, we are all still racists. The left is even claiming that the OWS crowd is more representative of America than the Tea Party, which is utterly laughable. But it is the RINO elitists that pose the greater threat to aspirations of the conservatives and libertarian independents. The Republican establishment is determined to keep their runner-up ranking inside the beltway and they cannot allow the Tea Party to disrupt their cozy comforts and their neurotic need to be accepted by the liberal media. To them, compromise is a strategy.
George Will recently claimed there is no such thing as the Republican establishment, yet in an article in NY Times Magazine: Does Anyone Have a Grip on the G.O.P.?, Matt Bai interviews several Republican beltway elitists who forthrightly state their contempt for the Tea party. The following is an excerpt from the article:
Citing what he called the “near self-immolation” of House Republicans during the debt-ceiling fiasco, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, worried in early August that a “large number of Republican primary voters, and even more independent general-election voters, will be wary of supporting a Republican candidate in 2012 if the party looks as if it’s in the grip of an infantile form of conservatism.”
“If we have a Rick Perry versus Mitt Romney battle for the nomination, it’s a little hard to say, ‘Ooh, the party has really gone off the rails,’ ” Kristol told me just after Perry entered the race, a development that essentially ended Bachmann’s brief ascent. Establishment Republicans may prefer Romney to Perry, but their assumption is that either man can be counted on to steer the party back toward the broad center next fall, effectively disarming the Tea Party mutiny.
“I think it’s waning now,” Scott Reed, a veteran strategist and lobbyist, told me when we talked about the Tea Party’s influence last month.
Did he mean to say that the party was slowly co-opting the Tea Partiers?
“Trying to,” Reed said. “And that’s the secret to politics: trying to control a segment of people without those people recognizing that you’re trying to control them.”
These people, who are Republicans, are saying this openly in a NY Times Sunday magazine article and they do not think that the Tea Party is going to hear about it? This kind of condescension is representative of the arrogant dysfunction that the Republican beltway elitists suffer from. They are as big an obstacle to our country’s rehabilitation as Obama’s Marxian agenda!
I repeat Reed’s statement:
“And that’s the secret to politics: trying to control a segment of people without those people recognizing that you’re trying to control them.”
What? We the people are supposed to control them! This sounds just like something from the mouth of one of Obama’s czars! We don’t need or want to be controlled, we need to restore our freedom and return to the fundamentals that made this country great. This tantamount to urinating down one’s leg and telling them it is raining. And they wonder why we are so frustrated?
They are going to do everything they can to marginalize the Tea Party in order to preserve their beltway-mindset happy place. It is more important to them to maintain their moderate reputations and perpetuate the status quo than it is to attempt to affect change. They do not want the Tea Party to rock the boat.
Matt Bai’s article includes comments made by Mitch Daniels:
When I met Daniels last month in his cavernous Statehouse office, he cautioned that the Tea Party movement, like all effective popular movements, had an effect far beyond the proportion of its actual numbers. “I wouldn’t minimize for a minute their importance,” he said, “but I wouldn’t fixate too much on the Tea Party. There’s a whole lot more to the Republican Party than the Tea Party.”
A whole lot more?
Maybe, but it needs to be awakened and/or slapped silly! I would also contend that there are many more members of the Tea Party than elitist Republicans. I respect Mitch Daniels. He is the Governor of my state and he has done an incredible job keeping us in the black, while most of the states surrounding Indiana are in the red. However, I do not share his opinion or his perspective. I think he may have absorbed too much of Bush’s moderate malaise by osmosis. I believe he declined to run for president because he didn’t want to be obliged to these ruling class Republicans and thus stuck between them and an agitated Tea Party. Who would want the headache?
In the article Bai contends that:
Today’s establishment is really a consortium of separate and overlapping establishments: a governing establishment of those who have served in administrations or in Congress; a political establishment of campaign consultants; a media establishment dominated by Fox News or the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal and a policy establishment at organizations like the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.
This is probably a fair assessment. The ruling class Republicans want a moderate like Mitt Romney so they can continue to play reach across the aisle in the day and social architecture at night. They are not feeling the pain those of us out here in the heartland are feeling. And they do not want to be inconvenienced by a bunch of hicks in the Tea Party. (see – Make Dysfunction Work for You). Their luxurious livelihoods are more important to them than preserving the constitution and improving our economy.
It is the beltway mindset that we have to fracture if we are going to get control of this madness. And, considering our nation’s current set of circumstances and level of dissatisfaction, we should be able to override them as we did when we elected Reagan. The beltway elites didn’t like him either! These are the people who gave us landslide candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain and wanted Herald Ford over Ronald Reagan! In addition, the Bush presidencies were a departure from Reagan conservatism and that is when we repeatedly reached across the aisle to draw back a bloody stump! How many times do they have to learn that lesson before they get it? We cannot compromise with jackals.
We are going to have to put a massive amount of pressure on them in order to achieve our objective-a conservative in office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!