Friday, September 17, 2010

Rockefeller Republicans ~ By Patrick J. Buchanan

To the Republican establishment, tea-party people are field hands. Their labors are to be recognized and rewarded, but they are to stay off the porch and not presume to sit at the master's table.

And what O'Donnell did, with her amazing victory, is to imperil that establishment's return to power. That is why these Republicans went ballistic.

O'Donnell's conservative convictions and Castle's social liberalism mean nothing to them.
Christine O'Donnell on Fox and Friends: She can win!

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Pat Buchanan explains just exactly what is wrong with the Beltway Republican establishment, and he does it without even using the word "RINO." And actually, I am sure that is purposeful. Not all of the establishment Republicans are Republicans In Name Only. Some of them actually are Conservatives, at least to some degree. Not all of them are Progressives as some people might want to believe.

There is an explanation for why both Conservative AND Progressive Republicans make up the Beltway Republican establishment, and it has a lot to do with why they became upset about Christine O'Donnell winning the Delaware nomination for the U.S. Senate seat. You see, if there are enough Republicans of whatever stripe they come in, to make up a majority in the U.S. Senate, they then regain the committee chairmanships. And that, folks, is what this is all about: Personal power.

The Beltway Republican establishment is showing their true colors by being down in the dumps about O'Donnell winning, rather than Mike Castle, who they felt could and would win the Delaware Senate seat formerly held by Joe Biden. As Karl Rove said, more or less, "Now the Republicans may only win 7 or 8 seats instead of 8 or 9." You see, it didn't matter if Castle was a RINO. They just wanted the Republican majority in the Senate for their own personal power.

The good news is that on November 3, the Beltway Republican establishment may just wake up to find out that Christine O'Donnell will be representing the State of Delaware in the U. S. Senate. And if that is the case, Jim DeMint will have one more excellent ally in the U.S. Senate for the TRUE Conservative and Tea-party cause. Just sayin'...

Beltway Republicans say they have learned their lesson. But the tea-party folks and conservatives who vaulted O'Donnell to victory are saying: You had your chance. Now, move aside for new leaders.

Why is the tea party wrong – and the establishment right?

The first tea-party rebellion was the Barry Goldwater movement. When it triumphed at the Cow Palace, Nelson Rockefeller denounced the movement as riddled with radicals, baited the Goldwater people at the convention and refused to endorse the nominee.

A decade later, Vice President Rockefeller got his payback, when conservatives demanded that President Ford drop him off the ticket as the price of renomination. Ford agreed.

In its contemptuous response to O'Donnell's victory, the GOP establishment of today looked like nothing so much as the Rockefeller Republican establishment of yesteryear. Its time is coming, too.

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Posted: September 16, 2010 ~ 8:27 pm Eastern

© 2010

Is the Republican establishment losing it?

Is the party leadership capable of uniting a governing coalition as Richard Nixon did before Watergate and Ronald Reagan resurrected in the 1980s?

Observing the hysteria and nastiness of Karl Rove and the GOP establishment at the stunning triumph of tea-party princess Christine O'Donnell, the answer is no.

This party is not ready to rule.

Consider. In its grand strategy to recapture a Senate that George W. Bush and Rove lost in 2006, the GOP Senate leadership endorsed all its own caucus members for re-election, if they chose to run, then picked out all its favorite candidates for the open and Democratic seats.

Conservatives and tea-party activists, however, had other ideas. They began to pick their own candidates. And, again and again, the Senate's chosen were rejected in favor of tea-party challengers who had the endorsement of Sarah Palin or South Carolina's Jim DeMint.

Arlen Specter was rejected by the Pennsylvania GOP and left the party. Rand Paul routed Sen. Mitch McConnell's man in Kentucky. Charlie Crist was challenged by Marco Rubio in Florida. Crist, too, departed. Sen. Bob Bennett was denied renomination in Utah. Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost her primary in Alaska to a little-known fellow named Joe Miller.

But Delaware was the stunner. Rep. Mike Castle, a former two-term governor who had been winning elections for 40 years, was a certain victor in November.

Challenger O'Donnell, however, ended all that.

Yet, though her conservative credentials are far superior to those of Castle, O'Donnell was made the object of a wilding attack by National Review and the Weekly Standard, Charles Krauthammer, who lashed out at Palin and DeMint for "irresponsbility," and Rove, who on Sean Hannity's show went postal as soon as the returns came in.
Karl Rove on Sean Hannity, Discussing Christine O'Donnell and 2010 Election

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Now, on paper, O'Donnell is a far tougher sell in Delaware than is Castle. But her defeat is not certain. Not in this volatile year.

And what is the justification for the savagery of the attacks on her, from her own?

What has this woman done? Did she vote for Sonia Sotomayor or Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court like Lindsey Graham? Did she support the Obama stimulus like Olympia Snow and Susan Collins? What did she do to deserve the trashing?

The answer is not distant.


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