By Jennifer Burke, Politistick, June 15, 2015
You see, the GOP has a problem. Well, they actually have many problems. They have too many elected officials who fail to follow the party’s platform. They have too many who go along to get along seemingly being so content with having any amount of power that even when they have taken over the majority of both the House and Senate, such as now, they assist the most power hungry, dictatorial, corrupt president this country has ever seen with passing his agenda.
One of the major problems with the GOP is they suffer from an “it’s this person’s turn” mentality. Democrats take a candidate they believe can win, regardless of lack of experience or far left-wing ideology, and catapult them to prominence. That’s how we have Barack Obama.
Republicans, on the other hand, will tell the most inspiring and principled of conservatives, who are considered by the party elite to be too young, that they need to ‘wait their turn’ while they push a candidate, i.e. Dole, McCain, and Romney, who the grassroots have already said they will not vote for.
Now, Republicans are reaping what they have sowed.
Reince Priebus, the GOP chair, expressed his concerns about the future of the party last week on The Laura Ingraham Show. While he echoed what many in the grassroots have been saying for years, the party’s elite establishment won’t like his dire prediction on the party’s future should they fail to win the White House for the third time in a row.
Priebus said that if the Republican Party does not win the White House back in 2016, then it will fail to exist as a national party.
Ingraham asked, “On a scale of 1-10, how do-or-die is 2016 presidential race?”
His reply, though stunning to some, will be refreshing for others to hear because of its brutal honesty. Priebus said, “Ten. 10-11-12. I mean, we don’t exist as a national party if we don’t win in 2016. You can’t compete 16 years out of the White House, it’s just not possible.”
That’s right, it’s not, which is why the establishment on the right better think long and hard before it goes after certain candidates, for example Cruz, Walker, and Rubio, while catapulting Jeb Bush to prominence and telling the base that “he’s the only one who can win.”
What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If the Republican Party truly does not want to fade into oblivion, they should heed those words and not demonstrate pure insanity in 2016 with the ‘he’s the only one who can win’ mantra again.