Over the years, I’ve read plenty of claims that we’re witnessing a “crackup” of liberals or conservatives (or sometimes both at the same time). Normally, I react by rolling my eyes. For me, “crackup” claims are a almost always hack way of expressing unjustified triumphalism. But now I think I see a crackup. Given the scandal-a-week Obama administration, you might think that the crackup, if any, is looming on the left. But that would be to ignore the left’s tendency to march more or less in lockstep through any scandal or storm. No, the crackup I see coming is among conservatives.
Republicans are used to operating in a fairly well defined paradigm and Obama has blown that up,so they´re scrambling on how to deal with it.
Obama is extraordinary uncompromising so any attempt to cut a deal is a waste of time. The left and the media has turned this on it´s head,accusing the GOP of being the uncompromising ones. Deals on a whole range of issues could be struck,using conventional bargaining techniques but Obama wants his cake and eat it too.
Obama has a much broader range of sub groups to keep happy than republicans do,so he´s scared to cut a deal because some nag group will unload on him.
There´s a handful of liberals upset with the spying but it´s mostly false outrage so they don´t look like hypocrites opposing the Patriot Act.
They´re trying to blur the lines on spying where Bush left off and Obama picked up. The problem is Obama is using spy agencies to monitor his political enemies not terrorist threats.
I don´t view it as a conservative crack up. It is a battle between conservatives and Establishment Republicans. The ER´s are not conservatives but entrenched politicians with a self-serving agenda. The only thing that will pull this country back from the brink of destruction that Obama has created is conservative principles. I am sorely disappointed in Sen. Rubio. He has succumbed to the lure of the establishment. Give me Ted Cruz or Rand Paul. We need a voice for "we the people" and ruling class Republicans do not speak for us.
Article is a bit simplistic. It goes far beyond the three issues he cites and has been going on since Reagan retired. As much as it stings me to say it, amnesty is going to happen. Not only will they grant millions voting status, they will only pay lip service to securing the border. It seems no one has the will or the means to stop this travesty.
If anyone could point to what our security interests are in Syria, I´d like to hear it. Obama opened his big yap, now it looks like our sons & daughters are going to be sent in to bail him out. With McPain and Graham pushing it, he can claim another ´bi-partisan´ effort just like Libya. So I don´t really know what the author means by a ´crackup´ going on. Just more of the same.
If the House and Senate Republicans vote for amnesty which the gang of eight bill is then I will leave the GOP forever. I will never vote for another Republican because there will be little to no difference than voting for a Democrat. If that is a crackup then we´re headed for one because the illegals are going to get amnesty and as Senator Reid said there will be no border security. That one piece of legislation will destroy the country financially and culturally. We will become a one party nation perhaps forever. The corruption and law breaking of a one party country in the US will make Venezuela look like a picnic.
I agree, this piece is simplistic if not in another world. It´s not about conservatives. By 2006 the GOP showed it was going its own way. Couldn´t have cared less if they were down to a single congressman. McConnell described it as a regional southeast party. The only reason anyone started talking about the GOP again is because of the Tea Party. The Tea Party roused what remained of the GOP and they fought the TP to the death. With Obama´s help. That´s where we are today. The GOP has merged with the democrats. They´ll do whatever Obama wants anyway because they owe him for helping them beat the TP. I´ve yet to hear a GOP so-called leader apologize to us for destroying the country and handing it over to the radical left. They don´t think they did anything wrong. All they want is for us to shut up. They achieve this by keeping democrats in power.
What we are watching is a grudging semi acceptance by the Republican leadership that they are are relevant in the public discourse and governance because of the the Tea Party. They don´t like it but they cannot face the 2014 election without that acceptance. So there will be turmoil and struggle which could resemble a crack up. Only the election results will show.
Once upon a time American society was held together by a Divinely based understanding of right and wrong and a consensus that the American idea was the best temporal arrangement ever devised by men. Were we perfect? Of course not, but belief in God and the wisdom of the founders formed the basis of our national CONFIDENCE.
All of this has been eroded over the decades by the radical left. We all know how that process worked, and there is no need to rehash it here. But the bottom line is that without that undergirding national confidence conservatism has little traction, and it so is really not surprising to see conservatives of less than resolute character (and an eye on re-election) buckle and head for the hills.
Rubio and those like him are the most evident symptom of the problem, but not its cause.
I am very tired of people whining about those mean old Republicans not doing what they want. Sit at home, do not vote, we will have bammy types forevermore. Circular firing squad is out there calling names and losing elections by pouting at home.
Maybe it is going to take a major schism to right the ship.
The RINO country-clubber establishment is so out of touch with the base of the country that a new third party will rise from those disenfranchised and ignored "tea party types".
There are so many God-fearing, morally and fiscally CONSERVATIVE people who are in need of a unifying cause. The GOP establishment leadership is hostile to religious conservatives who are pro-family and cherish modesty, traditional marriage, and are pro-life.
The RINO establishment used to be very concerned about taxes and spending, but now seems to be whoring-out to give away as much or more in welfare.
The establishment Rinos mistakenly think that more and bigger government is the solution as long as it has the GOP brand on it.
The establishment types in the leadership pick other rich back slappers to lord over the others in the party and have no tolerance for someone like a Bachman, Cruz, Lee, Perry, or Santorum having a say in the process of leadership and they punish and remove conservatives from prominent positions in the House and Senate in DC.
Perhaps, it is the conservatives who are going to leave the RINOS!
Funny, I thought we saw the crackup last November and all through the long primary season. So far as I can tell, Republicans hate each other. Democrats rule by default. I don´t see that changing any time soon.
I agree with #´s 10,11,12 First off, the guys at the Power Line imho have begun to swing to the middle. Two, the Republican party is not conservative by any stretch of the imagination. And finally, we are not HEADED for one party rule, we have it now, it´s called the party of POLITICIANS!
The problem with the article is Paul refers to a conservative crackup. It´s not conservative but Republican Crackup a party of which I am no longer affiliated with. Conservatives aren´t angling against the left they have always been the same. It´s the Republicans and the elites who run the party that have a problem to become or act like the democrats but want to be more subtle about it. Color me a conservative but don´t call me a Republican. They are not the same and I´m cracking up about the issues Paul mentions. I know how I would handle them. The party that McCain and Rubio belong to is not mine.
Most Conservatives, like myself, are willing to compromise. I will compromise on immigration by giving amnesty after the border has been closed and proven worthy. That is a compromise. I will compromise on gay marriage by allowing gays to have civil unions and thus get all the benefits of a normal marriage. I will compromise big Government by allowing welfare and food stamps after drug tests. There are other compromises I am willing to concede but the one and only one I will never compromise on is the killing of the unborn. So you see, Conservatives will compromise but alas, that is not what the GOP establishment wants. They want Conservatives to be just like them and the Democrats. That will never ever happen, so forget about it and stop blaming all your problems on us.
The "new" Republican party is moving leftward because it sees its future in taking ground the far-left Democrats are abandoning. The calculation is that there are more moderates and "conservative Democrats" to gain by this move than ideological conservatives who will bolt. Watch Rubio´s game...he´s learning from McCain, the master of political camouflage. Why is he still representing "conservative" Arizona? How did he become the GOP standard bearer in 2008? Frankly, that old "Compassionate Conservative" himself was no slouch, actually redefining the GOP into the moderation-seeking mess that it has become. Don´t confuse conservatism the political viewpoint with Republicanism. They´re not the same, and drifting further apart as the Dems move leftward and the experts see an advantageous vacuum to fill.
The crackup is coming from the elitist, country club republicans. They are seeing the conservatives making some gains and they just can´t take it. That includes the republican pundit class like NRO, Weekly Standard, etc.
I will say though, that until people like this writer get it straight regarding how rotten the establishment republicans are, we are going to have some real problems.
Conservatives are not the usual republican establishment Paul!!!
Conservatives suffer the third party dilemma. The Tea party vote GOP out of horror for what Obama would do but get no representation. They are reviled by the GOP establishment and Rats alike! The loosing GOP establishment blames Rush and Mark Levin for tarnishing their brand. If these leaders were silenced they would find other excuses for their continued failures. We are long past the point where being Rat light will solve our problems. Obama is not afraid to call for and make fundamental transformation shredding the constitution. The only solution is the reverse fundamental transformation re-establishing the constitution.
Mirengoff has promoted the establishment Republicans many times. He´s not stupid, more of a Peggy Noonan. Missing the forest for the trees too many times for me to take anything he says at face value anymore.
What 19 said. If conservatives stay home and have their little tantrum, why would anyone pay attention to them. We elect these guys, either by voting or not voting for them. We got McCain because millions and millions of "conservatives" voted for him. We got Al Franken because conservatives had their little snit and stayed home.
Heck, even in Calif...if "conservatives" actually showed up, we´d have results here also.
So go ahead, abandon your country to Franken, Obama, et all. See how that works for you.
Since the vast majority of the illegal alien population who would be granted amnesty are poor and generally uneducated people who would be essentially chaperoned through a liberal Democrat defined "path to citizenship" process by the very liberal ethnic and immigrant rights groups, and Democrat community organizing groups, who would be funded through the amnesty bill to do that, probabilities are that about 85% of them will become Democrat voters.
You can bet that the Democrat National Committee will be kept abreast of all the identities and the addresses of the legalized aliens, and the additional untold millions of their foreign family members who the amnesty bill will bring here for family reunification purposes, with the ultimate objective of registering the vast majority of them as new socialist oriented Democrat voters in the years ahead.
Common sense will tell you that the Republicans are facing long-term political suicide by facilitating such a long-term liberal Democrat strategic political initiative that is wholly designed to greatly increase the Democrat voter base in the years ahead and if the bill becomes law that is a sure thing.
At the same time the Republicans, aside from their cheap foreign labor aspects, have taken bogus political advise from the liberal Democrats and their media allies to the fact that the current Hispanic voting population will only vote for them if they abandon their principles and vote for amnesty. That is political fool´s gold as Hispanics who now vote for the Democrats do that because of the Democrat stance on giving them "free" health care and a great expansion of the social welfare benefits and services programs.
Is it the conservatives who have caused all the problems that this country faces? NO, they have never been in power, so they can prove that they have the right ideas. The people responsible for the state of our nation are liberals and moderate squishes, who have compromised our standing, our wealth and our futures. If the conservatives appear to be cracking up, it is in the eyes of the writer. If anything, the conservatives that I know find more daily proof that their ideas are the solution.
I contend that he Republican party has died on the vine. If one is a constitutionalist, conservative and possess some degree of common sense, the Republican party is no longer a bus to ride. It sold out years ago, but papered over the cracks. The cracks have widened to a gulf that now makes a third party that puts America first look very promising for an escape from this tyranny of progressive persecution.
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