It’s all over the news – GOP Civil War! Schism splits GOP! Conservatives Ruining GOP! Blah, blah, blah. Let’s get real for a minute.
Democrats are in a panic. Their fortunes in the midterms in 41 days are not pretty to ponder if one is a Democrat or supporter. And the Democrats did this to themselves. They allowed progressives to gain too much power within their party and now they are going to pay the electoral price. But wait! Media is falling over themselves to announce a schism in the GOP. Is there any truth to it?
Before we can determine truth of media reports of the imminent demise of the GOP, we must determine why such a concept is forwarded. Anyone who still in this time and point in our political history who cannot admit most media is heavily left biased is out of the loop, thus not anyone I am willing to discuss anything with. For the millionth time, even the media admitted in a poll in the Summer of 2004 that 89% of media members confess to being, and self-identify as liberal. So will someone try and tell me those who call themselves liberal are not? It is a given that media members are largely lefties. It’s just the truth.
That being the case, and in the hyper partisan times we have been enjoying for the last dozen years or so, the bias of media is glaringly apparent. The schools of journalism are uber liberal institutions. They turn out liberals just as more conservative institutions like Liberty, Oral Roberts or Hillsdale turn out more conservative grads. It’s just the way it is.
Leftist media had been forwarding the “GOP Civil War” nonsense for a couple of months, since it was clear that more conservative folks were supplanting stalwart GOP politicians in the Summer’s primaries. But isn’t that the ENTIRE POINT of primaries? To determine through a primary vote which candidate within a party is preferred by the voting public to go stand in the general elections? Why I’ll be damned, but that is the entire purpose of primaries, no? So how can party in fighting be indicative of anything more than the primary formula playing out?
And Democrats hold primaries too, ya know, and especially considering the Blue Dog versus progressive Democrat goings on, isn’t it odd that media does not really highlight that struggle? The struggle within Democrat circles is so pronounced that now many Dem pols take to issuing signed statements that swear they will not do what the Dems have been screaming for for years – repealing the Bush Tax cuts. If one were to ask me that sounds like a schism – elected politicians so vehemently against their caucus’ platform to issue statements clarifying the fact. And this isn’t a Civil War within their ranks? BS!
Is there really a Civil War in the GOP? I don’t really think there is. The new GOP blood is trying to entrench itself, but that is a normal procedure. What is really happening here is the old guard fighting to not lose their power within the party, but that is a never ending and always present condition, so hardly worth elevating unless one is trying to create a false impression in the minds of voters. This is an effort by the DNC and their media pals to paint doubt in the mind of conservatives and to give hope to Democrat voters in an effort to fire up their base. Nothing more; nothing less.
No doubt the less conservative and well entrenched GOP pols and power brokers know their hold on power is on tender hooks, so naturally they will resist, but that is as normal as any other day to day inter party wrangling. Lefties elevate it and the importance of it to sway voters. It’s really just that simple. Happens in the DNC too ya know. Progressives are way left and they struggle to grasp control from more moderate Democrats. Why no chatter of a Civil War in the DNC? Gee, I think it’s an honesty and hypocrisy problem really.
The only possible problem the GOP will face in midterms are the GOP stalwarts that got whipped in the primaries and won’t take their rejection form the voters. In Alaska and Florida the GOP cat is running a third party campaign to keep their hold on power. But that is two Senate races, and frankly it’s the House that matters.
The US Senate is a debating club and since it takes bipartisanship or 60 votes in the Senate to do anything of a contentious nature, and since the GOP cannot possibly get 60 Senators, the issue is moot in the Senate. As long as the GOP retains a 41 seat caucus that will stand in unison, the rest is all political chatter for chatter’s sake – nothing more.
Yeah, that will make Republican’s the party of no for sure. But when public polling is as it is at present, with sometimes upward of 70% of public polled against the progressive agenda, sometimes a party of no is just what the doctor ordered. Should Republican’s go along because the voting minority, progressives, are for something, I ask totally rhetorically? I mean that is the point of the two party system, no? To present alternatives to the voting public? To hear progressives tell it once Obama won and they captured the House and Senate, it’s a fait accompli and everyone must go along, according to them. That is an asinine position for them to try and forward, as well as damned un-American to boot!
In my opinion, the struggles and in-fighting within the GOP is just regular primary stuff and I firmly believe come the midterm election we will see the conservatives and GOP sticking rather closely together, the two aforementioned Senate races notwithstanding. What will Democrats say then? Only have to wait until the morning of November 3rd to find out first hand. And speaking of hands, on that glorious morning I’ll bet there will be a great deal of Democrat “hand” wringing. Ahh…something to look forward to!