Oh golly gee, I wonder why? Could it be that the party favorite(s) had little support and would be embarrassed and potentially disadvantaged by such a straw poll? Could it be that those opposed to the party establishment would likely do very well in such a straw poll?
This stinks. It reminds me of Tampa 2012.
It is truly amazing is how hostile the leadership of the Republican Party is to the people who actually make up the Republican Party.
I can tell you first hand that the establishment GOP types dislike the libertarian/conservative coalition aka The Tea Party at least as much as the Democrats do. Probably more.
Why? Because the libertarian/conservative coalition is a real threat to their power. Do you honestly think that the GOP as it is currently constituted wants to reduce the size of government? Not a chance. And this is why the party has been moving since 2012 to mitigate the influence of average people. Many folks who have “woken up” since Mitt Romney’s defeat may not know of the chicanery at the 2012 convention. The grass roots, primarily represented by Ron Paul and his delegates, were essentially shut out in a very ugly fashion. And this was just the beginning.
The party doesn’t want the “circus” it had in 2012 with the debates. Too much Ron Paul, too little inevitable coronation of the establishment candidate.
When I saw the headline I had to look again. But sure enough, the Republican National Committee, the official GOP, has not only come out against NSA spying, which frankly is a bit of a shock, but has used the word “unconstitutional.”
That is a very powerful word coming directly from the party.
Amash is a friend to those who fight crony capitalism, and to those who believe that the best government is the government which governs least. His above statement was in response to an another statement by an RNC committee member who said on Facebook, “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?”
This is part 1 of an extended essay on the rise of what I call the “New Wave” in the Republican party . We are a non-partisan organization at AgainstCronyCapitalism.org and this bit of analysis should not be construed as an endorsement of the GOP (or any other political party) in whatever form in any way.
However I feel that the emergence of the “New Wave” is the most important development in American domestic politics today. The “conservative” party of the United States is in the midst of an historic shift. I wanted to document my thoughts on this shift.
Probably the most important recent development in domestic American politics is the emergence of the “New Wave” within the Republican Party. Led by Rand Paul in the Senate but with numbers growing in both Houses of Congress, and most importantly in the Party outside of Washington DC, this new group of small government acolytes are engaging in a protracted battle for the Grand Old Party. They are very likely to win.
Say what you will about the Breitbart suite of online media. Are they over the top sometimes? Absolutely. But do they also do great reporting and interesting and valuable news? Without doubt. The attached article is an example of this.
In the wake of Romney’s defeat many Republicans are looking very closely at where the $400 million or so in donations went. Some do not like what they see.