As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned
By Angelo Codevilla
On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.” Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the expansion of government, indeed in the growth of a government-based “ruling class.” They have relished that role despite their voters. Thus these leaders gradually solidified their choice to no longer represent what had been their constituency, but to openly adopt the identity of junior partners in that ruling class. By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans. In short, at the outset of 2013 a substantial portion of America finds itself un-represented, while Republican leaders increasingly represent only themselves.
Codevilla, arguably, paints with overly broad strokes. Obviously there are people who voted R because they actually agree with party leaders’ policies. BUT a large percentage of R voters did so simply because they perceived the D alternative to be significantly worse, and a vote for some third party to enable the election of that some one worse. BTDTGTTS! A drawerful, in fact! And there is an unknown-sized third group, people who have usually voted R, but voted for some one not R or D, or who stayed home. These two disaffected groups - reluctant R voters and former R voters - may in fact be more numerous than those who voted for “Moderate” R candidates in agreement with their policies.
For all the guilt-tripping - “Your refusal to vote for Romney (or McCain) is the reason Obama won!” … been hearing this crap casserole dished out for years - the R Party is, I think, fast approaching a crisis, led there in fact by its leaders. Those leaders are working hard to drive conservatives to the back of the bus, imagining they have no option but to vote for the lesser of two evils. Like real world buses, this metaphoric bus has emergency exits. A third party is one such. A Whig-style dissolution and start over is another. Personally I’m not quite “there” but: RINOs like Schwarzenegger and Specter are driving me there; surrenders like the tax increase cited by this article are driving me there; party leaders and their crap-casserole dishing fellow-travellers are driving me there. Voting for Snoopy is being made to look ever more attractive, and that by R Party “leadership”. So, go ahead Mo-o-o-o-oderates, keep dishing the crap casserole … see how many elections you win by driving out the conservatives you so disdain!