Despite what many will tell you, right now is really not a good time to be a Republican. Sure, they control both the House and the Senate, but when looking at the “bigger picture,” the party is in a whole lot of trouble. In fact, I’ve stated for quite a while now that if Republicans don’t win the White House in 2016, that’s going to be the breaking point for the party. That’s when the tea party is really going to takeover, much more so than it already has.
That’s why the RNC absolutely does not want someone like Donald Trump or Ben Carson representing their party in the general election. They’re well aware that under the intense microscope of the general election, both men would be completely exposed. While they’re not great candidates, it seems pretty clear the RNC thinks Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are the two candidates who give them their best shot at winning the White House.
Well, in a sign that shows how desperate things are becoming within the Republican party, RNC chairman Reince Priebus recently admitted during an interview with the Washington Examiner that his party is pretty much screwed if they don’t win the White House next year.
“We’re seeing more and more that if you don’t hold the White House, it’s very difficult to govern in this country, especially in Washington D.C.” Priebus said.
“So I think that, I do think that we’re cooked as a party for quite a while as a party if we don’t win in 2016. So I do think that it’s going to be hard to dig out of something like that,” he added.
That’s sugar-coating it greatly. Right now the GOP is on the verge of an all-out civil war among the “establishment” and the tea party crazies. It’s essentially a battle of sane people with really bad ideas vs. insane people with terrifying ideas. Ironically, both groups seem to think the other one is the reason why the party is currently a dumpster fire.
The “establishment” Republicans realize (correctly) that they can’t win the White House – or even grow the party – being anti-immigration, anti-gay rights and “end of world” type radical when it comes to religion. Meanwhile, the tea party really believes that the reason why Republicans didn’t beat President Obama in 2012 is because Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough. Yes, they really think that the best way to win the White House is to have more people talking about God’s wrath ending the world over gay marriage or how Jade Helm was a government plot to invade Texas.
And make no mistake about it, the rise of Trump and Carson is not an accident. In 2012, we saw the first signs that conservative voters were moving toward embracing right-wing fanaticism on a mainstream level when Rick Santorum managed to do as well as he did in that primary. It’s only natural that this time around, the tea party favorites are doing even better while the “establishment” (aka Bush) continues to struggle.
The GOP is an absolute mess right now, and it’s all their own doing. They embraced the monster known as the tea party and now they don’t know what the heck to do with it. The leadership of the party, despite what they say publicly, is smart enough to know that they cannot continue to embrace these radical tea party values if they want to remain nationally relevant. The problem is, the tea party has gained enough power within the GOP to prevent them from evolving. Then if any Republican might dare to try to govern based on common sense or reality (even only when they have to) they’re often viciously attacked by the tea party and the conservative media.
Don’t believe me? Go ask John Boehner.
The bottom line is, Priebus knows exactly what’s in store for his party if they don’t win next year. If things seem chaotic right now, just wait until after they lose (hopefully) their third straight presidential election – then all hell is going to break loose.
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