Epiphanies From Last Week, Let's Get The Inevitable GOP Civil War Underway.

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Late last week, I read an essay penned by Tagg Romney. In it Tagg thought he would spill the beans on why his dad lost the most important election of the modern era. It seems as though Mitt had no desire for the Presidency after all. Mitt ran so that no actual conservatives would end up winning the Republican nomination, and by extension, America would not once again be saddled with a Reaganite in the White House, freeing Americans once again to live their lives unfettered by onerous federal intervention. That 28 year super boom that somehow got credited to the slippery Bill Clinton, at least in terms of the moronic under 30 crowd. Somehow, our public educators have gotten away with pretending that both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan never existed. Taggs essay angered me for another reason as well. You see, I was on Tagg Romney's email distribution list. I received no fewer than 200 communications from Tagg this year, all of them asking me to part with hard earned money so that his dad may find success in his attempt to win the election against a man whom he had no actual intention of defeating.

Special note to Ann Coulter, and if anyone who reads this actually knows this woman, please pass it along. Do you still believe that Mitt Romney is the true conservative in the field, even after the admission from his family that he only ran in order to prevent conservatives from finding electoral success? Why should we ever listen to you again?

I read a poll last week, because I'm not sufficiently tortured I guess, that told me what I already knew. The crux of the finding was this. Conservatives, of our many stripes make up 68% of the GOP voting bloc, while Moderate or Liberal Republicans only tally 32% of the party's voters. The problem is that the smaller 32% make up the power base of the party, and they ain't looking to change their positions to accommodate us pesky small government types. As a matter of fact, far from attempting to reach out to us, I have heard nothing but derision coming from them since Mitt Romney managed to so spectacularly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory 7 short weeks ago. They view us as losers, fringe elements of a knuckle dragging freak show, who's votes are assumed, and voices disliked. From their perspective, we have no where else to go.

There is some truth in that, for the very short term future anyhow. We are just supposed to take their crap, and like it, and pray that some day the ghost of Reagan will once again lead us to victory. John Boehner is so intent of believing that we will fall in line, simply because we always have, that even as I was defending him last week, he removed all conservatives from important committee positions prior to a key vote, rather than using the threat of taking those assignments away as a tool to keep his coalition in line. (Shockingly, he lost that vote.) Poor President Obama, he had to give up another record setting round of golf for American Presidents in order to have coffee and discuss our pressing fiscal crisis, created entirely by himself by the way.

My Epiphany is this, how long do these geniuses believe that they will be able to just assume our votes into reality. We conservatives outnumber the liberals who run the party by a 2 to 1 margin. In case nobody has noticed, Republicans have done very well at the state and local levels recently. It is only on the national level where we seem so thoroughly capable of losing, no matter how inept the opposition. The simple and by the way true explanation for this is that at those smaller levels, conservatism wins. it does not win nationally, because since Reagan, nobody has bothered to articulate that message.

The national Republican Brand right now is a mess. John Boehner and the party apparatchiks are trying their level best to cajole the rest of us, actual GOP voters, into falling in line and just going along with their message of Democrat Lite. They are telling us via every microphone in existence in this hemisphere, that we can not afford a Republican civil war at the moment, that the Obama agenda will move forward unopposed should we insist on a party that actually shares our values to represent us.

I say, what's the difference? If the Obama agenda moves forward as is anyhow, even with chosen leadership in tact, how on Earth is that any better? We need this civil war, between the Conservatives and the Moderates, and we should have it out as soon as possible. If the GOP does not survive, then so be it. They have long ago forsaken us all anyhow. Mitt Romney and his team of professional Republican Advisers left a bevy of winning issues on the table. Fast and Furious, onerous regulation, Obamacare, Dodd Frank, the EPA, Solyndra, Benghazi, Pigford, Lifting of the Domestic Drilling Ban in the Gulf, the Continental Shelf, the Endangered Species Act, Quantitative Easing, and hundreds of others, were all left on the table in order to not sound like we were being mean or so Romney could seem Presidential. At least that's the story. The truth is, neither he, nor his team actually believed any of it anyhow. That is to say, Conservatism is a second language to the 32% of the Republican Party that actually runs the show. They aren't the Rinos, we are.

The only way to correct the course for this country is to do one of two things. Either we win this civil war that is going to happen sooner or later, and then run candidates for national office as true conservatives, or we need to divorce our Democrat Lite spouses and establish our own residence, and then run candidates for national office as true conservatives. This much is certain, it will never improve with the current GOP leadership taking our voices for granted and then continually selling us out.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

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Comment by Robert Camp on December 29, 2012 at 11:54am

RIGHT ON JOE, I watched in horror as 7 assumed conservatives battled it out with the establishment candidate.  I knew Romney would win because the conservative majority had 7 candidates to choose from.  When are we conservatives going to learn to not have so many in the primaries.  We will loose every time if we don't wise up with the establishment antics.  I ask anyone reading this why the establishment only had 1 candidate in the primaries. Because they know we will fight among ourselves and they will win every time.  I'm with you Joe and let's start a true conservative party that is pure political and not a religious tint.  If we pull religion into a new party we could hold the convention in  a outhouse. Just a few of my thoughts

Comment by Joe O. Marcom on December 29, 2012 at 10:33am


After 60 years in or around the GOP, I'm convinced that reforming “The Establishment” is a hopeless task, and that we Conservatives should instead form a Third Party. True, this will assure a Democrat victory for at least one election cycle, but is what we now have any better? The Republican Party, as it currently exists, doesn't deserve to exist.

I watched in 1952 when Senator Bob Taft (Mr Conservative) was denied nomination by the Establishment-run Credentials Committee, who refused to seat Taft delegates. I was involved in the 1964 campaign, where Conservatives seized control and gave Barry Goldwater the nomination – only to be attacked by the Establishment as fiercely as by the Democrats. I rejoiced in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was elected, but noted that his Cabinet was filled mostly by Establishment-types, many of whom he had never met.

  The Republican National Committee, and those who hold the purse strings would prefer defeat over allowing Conservatives to gain control. I say “Let's give them what they want”; then we can create a genuine Conservative party.

Comment by Kelly colwell on December 28, 2012 at 10:38am

It just seems to me there is a difference between a true conservative and an extremist. Either you advocate for personal liberty or you don't. You can't make a statement like " freeing Americans once again to live their lives unfettered by onerous federal intervention." while youare  advocate limiting the freedoms of so many Americans.

Comment by Robert Camp on December 27, 2012 at 2:54pm

I have no doubt what John Wiseman is saying is true. I've never trusted Romney because anyone that was elected in Massachusetts couldn't have possibly been a conservative. I also want to know the facts about what Tagg said about his father and if it is then Ann Coulter has a lot of explaining to do. She will probably blow it off like she does a lot of things. According to Ann he is one of us. BS, BS, BS etc.

Comment by John Wiseman on December 27, 2012 at 1:56pm

To all who have inquired, my source for this was not an internet source, and I am searching on line for something to post.  I will have it and post it soon.  Thank you for your patience.  

Comment by Oriannah Paul on December 27, 2012 at 11:32am

Here is a six page article from Boston Globe's Michael Kranish that shows nothing regarding the supposed claim Romney ran to stifle conservative candidates.


Comment by Oriannah Paul on December 27, 2012 at 11:17am

I searched the web and couldn't find any evidence that Tagg stated his dad ran so no actual conservatives would end up winning the Republican nomination.  IF this is true, then the document needs to be made available.  It's important facts be presented.  Context is everything.  I did see these quotes:  "“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

Comment by Janet Adams on December 27, 2012 at 10:09am

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!  And, I also join Jeff Dover in wanting to know where this essay came from.  Because, if this is true, then anyone who gave money to the Romney campaign, may have a class action fraud suit they could bring.  I'm thanking my good sense that I never contributed to the campaign because I never felt Mitt was the right candidate...even though I supported him in word and voted for him.  Another vote for the lesser of two evils.  I don't think any true conservative ever believed Mitt had made some big transformation to ultra conservative.  He has always been a Dem at heart.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on December 27, 2012 at 9:46am

Thanks for the information.

Comment by Cracker on December 27, 2012 at 8:53am

One needs to change folks affiliation before to remove the funding from the gop. Once the people change their affiliation to a non-gop associated no party preference, independent, independent, & libertarion voters can be convinced to join a conservative party for AMERICA's voter strength. Then the funding for the gop will diminish & the new party can flourish!

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