Well, the party line has already emerged on the Tea Party primary victories: the GOP “is committing suicide.” It’s all over the “news” media and the blogosphere. Don’t believe a word of it. It’s exactly the same meme they used at the beginning of the Reagan revolution.
The Dems, the MSM and some establishment Republicans tell us we must vote for RINOs if we are to escape from the wilderness. In reality, it was the RINOs who led us into the desert. W. James Antle reminds us of what conservatives got when we voted RINO:
They watched Specter leave the GOP and hand the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority. They watched “Jumpin’” Jim Jeffords of Vermont hand the Senate over to the Democrats in 2001. They let Rhode Island Rockefeller Republican Lincoln Chafee cling to the GOP label only to watch him leave the party and endorse Barack Obama.
This year it’ different. It’s open season on RINOs:
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski fell to an unknown conservative named Joe Miller. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson was badly beaten in his Senate race by upstart constitutionalist Rand Paul. Former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton lost a similar race to Ken Buck. Sharron Angle toppled Sue Lowden in Nevada. Sen. Bob Bennett didn’t even make it out of the Utah Republican state convention.
Now the RINOs are forced to switch BEFORE the election:
Florida’s Charlie Crist and perennial Pennsylvania weathervane Arlen Specter have fled Republican Party to try to extend their political careers beyond primaries they had no hope of winning.
So here’s a reality check for the GOP establishment:
Conservatives have gotten tired of electing Republicans only to get bigger government and massive deficit spending. They are tired of giving their votes and campaign contributions to GOP politicians who pursue conservative goals halfheartedly if at all.
In other words, if you want to survive Mr. Republican, start acting like a conservative. As Ronald Reagan demonstrated thirty years ago, the voters will vote GOP in huge numbers if the Republicans cut the Democrat Lite routine. The voters don’t like the Dems. They will vote GOP if we provide a genuine choice.