These guys are as bad as Democrats.
Republican insiders opposed to Donald Trump have begun discussions to prepare a party overhaul whether its candidate wins the presidency or not.
They regard Trump as the symptom of a disease that afflicts the GOP and fear that emergency restructuring is needed to prevent massive losses among racial minorities that are a growing share of the electorate and have generally accelerated every presidential election cycle since 1992.
Those involved in the plotting sessions say the GOP leadership have lost or ceded control of the Republican brand to outsiders who don’t understand or care about the principles for which it stands. Republicans’ top priority, these insiders explain, should be to reclaim authority over their party.
“You have to have a culture change as a party. You have to be very comfortable being disliked by loud, disruptive, negative voices that have only one goal and that goal is to tear down the brand of the Republican Party,” Josh Holmes said this week during an interview with the Washington Examiner’s “Examining Politics” podcast.
Holmes is part of the new crop of influential Republican consultants who have the ear of top party leaders in Washington and are working on high-level initiatives. He previously served as chief of staff and top political advisor to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
In interviews with several Republican strategists, some who requested anonymity in order to speak candidly, many concerns about the future of the GOP were aired, as were suggestions for what it would take to right the ship.
But one consensus concern was the damage they believe conservative advocacy organizations and influential conservative media personalities have inflicted on the Republican Party.
Republican insiders explain that these two communities, whether motivated by profit or good intentions, have poisoned the party’s image with the base by setting expectation too high to reach in an era of Democratic control of the White House, and until last year, the Senate.
Meanwhile, by using their influence to stymie pragmatic legislation that involved the basic responsibilities of governing required of Republicans since they won back the House in 2010, the kind of incremental progress sought by moderate GOP voters also failed to materialize.
“It’s time for the conservative commentariat industry to be more responsible and focus on winning elections,” said GOP strategist Brad Todd, who advises House and Senate candidates.
When it comes to winning elections in recent years the GOP has dominated in state and congressional races across the country. The “conservative commentariat industry” had a lot to do with it. But the GOP hasn’t won the White House the last two terms, even though the last two nominees were GOPe approved.
The real problem is that the base is sick of what the elites are selling. So the base keeps electing candidates who promise crazy things like enforcing immigration laws and smaller government. Then they expect those candidates to keep their promises.
Oh, the humanity!
But wait! There’s more!
“So long as some of the most powerful voices in conservative media spend more time attacking Republicans than Democrats, the Democrats will hold the White House,” a Republican strategist who has advised multiple GOP presidential candidates said.
You mean like those voices who are attacking Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton?
In 1972 the Democrat insider elites were not happy with the base’s choice of nominee. The rest of the country was not impressed either, and Nixon won 49 out of 57 states. But pre-Watergate Nixon would have been tough to beat no matter who the Democrats nominated.
Nonetheless, the Democrat insider elites decided that the party base could not be trusted to pick the nominee. So they rigged the system. They created something called a “superdelegate” which is just a fancy term for an insider elite. Superdelegates are not elected. Most people don’t even know who they are. But they control who is nominated. And if they have to change the rules to make it happen they will. Fuck the voters.
Now the GOPe wants to emulate the Democrats.