I’m not one of those who is overly worked up over the pending resolution of the CR/Debt issue – given we only hold the House, we never were going to get much out of it and the sole purpose of the fight, for me, was to have a fight. There were (and are) two reasons to fight:
1. You never win a battle on defense. You must attack in order to win. MacArthur once was asked what his formula was for defensive war – he gave the one word answer: “defeat”.
2. To clarify things. Fights make people pick sides. Might as well know clearly who is with you and who isn’t.
But now that we have had the fight and we have started to go on offense and we have clarified things, I’m starting to wonder if the GOP is worth saving. Boehner’s a good guy and mostly with us, but he seems to have flunked out on what should have been the basic strategy – pass the necessary legislation with a defund of ObamaCare and then done NOTHING until the President broke down. Every GOP leader should then have been on TV morning, noon and night saying only this: we’ve passed the necessary legislation to keep government open, we’re just waiting for Harry Reid’s Senate to pass it and Obama to sign it. If Reid did bring it up for a vote, and it was killed – then pass it, again. If Obama got it and veto’d it, pass it again. Until they break, we give nothing. Eventually, they break and we end up with much less than we asked for – but they broke, not us. But, the GOP leadership wasn’t up to that – and the reason appears to be that most of the GOP leadership is afraid of the Ruling Class.
They were looking at polls – some of which were, as usual, completely bogus – and the chattering classes getting all mad and, of course, some GOPers actually attacking the GOP and the leadership got scared…they started to surrender almost the moment the government was shut down. They believed, that is, the nonsense story that shutting down the government was going to crush the GOP. They believe this because that is what the Ruling Class believes – honestly, folks, they actually believe that the 1990’s government shutdown was a disaster for the GOP…even though we retained our Congressional majority in the election held just after the shutdown. Its absurd, but it is what they believe…and so the GOP leadership was frightened that we’d lose in 2014, and so quickly lost heart. And here’s the thing where I get to wondering if we need a new party: even if it could be proved that a particular action on principal would cause a defeat, it is still the thing to do. You don’t decide to do the right thing only because it is politically popular; you do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. ObamaCare is an utter disaster – we disagree with it in general and in particular…in general because Big Government is a fraud and in particular because this law is just hideously bad on its own. This is what we conservatives are supposed to fight against and the only leverage we’ll have short of a GOP majority in the Senate in 2015 is the debt ceiling and spending. It wasn’t a matter of fighting against it some other way – this was the only way to fight against it. Those who said we must not shut down and we must increase the debt were essentially saying, “don’t fight against ObamaCare”. Screw that.
So, the question remains – should we form a new party? A party which won’t have Beltway squishes and tools of the Ruling Class who will cut us off at the knees? Now, remember, one thing a Third Party guarantees is President Hillary Clinton, and probably for a full 8 years. A new party might be able to get a majority by 2024, but the chances of getting it sooner are very, very small. Or should we still work on the GOP and see if by “primarying” a few more squishes the rest might get the message? Might understand that the GOP is either the party to dismantle Big Government, or its nothing?