Last week we saw the Establishment GOP shaken, not stirred by newt Gingrich. Newt has effectively struck fear in the GOP.
The other factor that the Establishment may fear is they themselves. More appropriately what they have become. The Establishment is the movers and shakers in the GOP. Just as the Democrats have fractured historically into the Liberals and Progressives, so has the GOP. The GOP has splintered into the Republicans and Conservatives, especially with the TEA Parties recent surge. The Republicans have in essence become absorbed into the GOP as the RINO’s we have become aware of so effectively. The Boehner’s, the McCain’s, the Lindsey Graham’s and Mitch McConnell’s have shown their true non-Conservative colors.
As many still believe the Republicans/RINO’s party base is the Wall Street, corporate America, big business, they’re right. The true and growing base is Conservatism. This is much more about the middle-class and is in a broad base of rural and small town America. And it’s growing. This is where the ground swells of anti big-government, corporate corruption and Wall Street excesses began. Even as Romney’s association with Bain Capital is not wrong in true free-markets, its illusion is part of the culture of corruption that exists between big government and Wall Street.
In retrospect, Iowa and New Hampshire were essentially uneventful. A win/no-win for Romney in Iowa and an expected win in N.H., the neighbor state of Massachusetts and the Establishment was nervously happy. The GOP establishment was content to just let what they perceived was going to happen, happen. Then came “The Palmetto State”, South Carolina.
The Establishment has always settled on a candidate before South Carolina in the past. Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush II and McCain all followed this exalted path. As we can see, after Reagan, the results have been less than stellar. Surprisingly, even popular TEA Party darling Nikki Haley joined the ground swell of Romney-mania. Virginia’s McDonnell, New Jersey’s Christie and basically every “Republican strategist” trotted out by MSNBC, FOX, CNN and others had handed the baton to Romney by last week. Thank God Jim DeMint stood his true Conservative ground and refused to hop on the Romney train.
This is where the Establishment candidate has in the past built a firewall against further insurgents. But something happened on the way to the “usual way" things go. A general broad based discontent in America with the “usual” has been boiling since 2009 when the the TEA Party exploded on the scene and especially since November of 2010. We’re tired of the usual. We gave Boehner et al control of the House. He and his Establishment have given us nothing in return for our effort.
Romney is a career politician, even when not in office. The problem is he’s uninspiring and his campaign is sluggish at best. His “shellacking” in South Carolina should be a wake-up call to the Establishment. We Conservatives don’t trust the alleged “fiscal-hawks” we keep being told will someday emerge from the GOP ideology. It certainly didn’t happen with Bush I with his infamous “read my lips” contortion. His son was an even bigger disappointment in his second term driving the debt up while adding another massive entitlement on our backs. “Compassionate Conservatism” is not a lexicon we true Conservatives believe in.
An out of control and unmonitored Federal Reserve, too-big-to-fail bailouts of cronies, cap-and-trade, massive stimulus and class-warfare are not what created the Shining City on the Hill. True Conservatives have known this for a long time. The TEA Party is a powerful force today. We can see the weakness in the GOBP (Good Ole Boys Party) base. Newt sees it too. He has kept his distance from the Establishment and ignored their vitriol towards him. Yes, he burned some bridges in the past politically and personally. Who hasn't? He carries some baggage. But he also has forgotten more diplomacy and policy than most in the Congress and certainly the imposter we have trespassing in our White House. Newt has danced the “Potomac Two-Step” and has shown in the past he can even lead.
He may be brash, even brazen, bombastic may best define him. Good. Just as the TEA Party shook the foundation of the Washington elites in 2010, we need another even bigger earthquake in November. Newt has his finger on the pulse of the American people. We all know his intellect and grandiosity inspires even himself at times. Good again. In an almost clandestine fashion he has exposed the other bogeyman of the American people, the lamestream media. Instead of pandering to them and hoping they won’t assault him as they have others in the past, he’s challenging them. Demonizing them before they can demonize him. This has not only shocked the elitists in the media, it has also shaken the GOP Establishment. We know they bend a little and break when challenged. Newt is bending back and defining himself unlike anyone has for decades on the Right.
Time will tell how well this will work. Florida will be a barometer of Newt’s new found political capital. How well he navigates these new waters will be interesting to watch. Let’s hope he sticks to his Conservative beliefs and steers clear of the rocks unlike the Costa Concordia. If he does, the Establishments on both sides of the aisle may be in for a long and very interesting race to the White House.
Stay tuned, it should be fun.