Not just conservatives, but libertarians too.
“Look Mitt, there are only so many big money guys out there. You had your turn. Don’t harsh my campaign buzz.”
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.
“I don’t like journalism,” – Sheldon Adelson
The old boys with giant checkbooks want Jeb, Christie, or Romney in the White House. (Romney!) You know the guys who are completely interchangeable with Hillary. The fat felines don’t want anything new. They want the same tired GOP which they can manipulate. They don’t want questions. They don’t want discussion of foreign policy. They don’t want questions about the role of the state in modern America. They sure as shinola don’t want to talk about crony capitalism on a national stage. Crony capitalism has served many of these guys well.
In fairness Romney is probably not fully involved at this point. The establishment Republicans are seeking desperately to find a candidate which keeps the current GOP power structure in place.
Yes, this is the genius masterstroke the DC GOP has been waiting for.
You have to hand it to the establishment. They keep trying. So what if Romney is another big government Republican which a large part of the GOP vote couldn’t really support in 2012. The consultants which got paid big time during the 2012 Romney run could get paid again! And if Romney could somehow get the nomination it would be another blow to the libertarian/conservative coalition in the Tea Party. Win/win. Well not for the American people, and probably not for Mitt Romney. But certainly a win for the folks who work in Downtown DC.
This comes from Romney’s chief economic “surrogate.” A “conservative” economist.
Put aside the hyperbole in bold type in this video. Put aside the dramatic music. What it offers is a pretty accurate account of how the media handled Ron Paul in the 2012 election. It was nasty, it was probably coordinated, and the media effectively thwarted a campaign which threatened to derail the Romney campaign and I think it is fair to say ultimately the Obama campaign.
Republicans have for quite a long time allowed the Democrats to define them as the “against” party. Grumpy old white men against stylish, urban, open minded professionals. Rich people against everyone else. Red against blue. (And red is not a conservative color. “Better dead than red,” did not mean better dead than Republican. A “red state” is North Korea not Texas.)
The GOP has been one step behind, countering the Dem zig and zag. A party on its heals. This is a way to lose.
Chrysler wrote a letter during the fall presidential election denying plans to make jeeps in China. The Romney ad that claimed as much was then branded a lie.