Shortly after Sarah Palin announced that she would not run, I appeared on the Roderic Deane Show where we had a lengthy discussion about the direction of the Republican Party. It was there that I pointed out the clear contrast between the establishment party of Rockefeller and the people's party of Reagan. I strongly advocated that Constitutional conservatives, Tea Party members, grass roots activists and the rank and file move toward taking back the party.
Mark Levin said on his radio show on 1/25/12 (13:00 mark):
Our first objective has to be removing Obama at the ballot box, hopefully replacing him with the most conservative candidate running in the Republican primary...The next night, Levin gives context to what is happening with Gingrich and Romney. Read about it here and listen to what he says here (the first hour is worth your time).
I've talked before about the need to change the Republican Party. I'm not the first and I won't be the last.It's the Republican Party that must be the vessel through which we Constitutional conservatives operate. And, it's to the advantage of those who run the Republican Party to allow the Constitutionalists to take it over. Because otherwise, I believe the Republican Party's going to die.
If the Republican Party has no answers for what's going on in the society,then it has no reason to exist. If it's a go along party or a dance around the edges party or even worse, if its politicians say one thing and do another it won't be long when the people have no regard for it whatsoever, including its members. First and foremost, we must reestablish Constitutional government.
What you are seeing is the battle for the Republican Party. The choice is between going with the establishment and supporting Romney or going against the establishment and sending a message that we want our party back by going against Romney. Newt Gingrich is best positioned to be the one to take on Romney and the establishment. As such, we have to push him through even if some of us have to hold our noses doing it.
If either Bachmann or Santorum was where Gingrich is right now and they had the best shot of defeating the establishment, this blogger would be using the same argument for either of them.
This entire election cycle is about taking out the garbage. We can worry about making the room smell fresh again another time. We can think about the thrill of supporting a candidate who we can call our ideological soul mate another time. Right now, we must defeat the Republican establishment and go on to defeat Barack Obama. Take back the party; then take back the country.
If Newt Gingrich wins the nomination and goes on to become president, we can never lose sight that it will be the halls of Congress that will need to be filled with people who agree with Constitutionalist and Tea Party principles. Fear not a Gingrich presidency knowing that the Tea Party is right down the block ready to help him bring our country back to greatness or to stop him from doing something wrong. Newt's smart enough to respect that. Hopefully, he'll be smart enough to know this isn't about him, it's about us. If he listens to us, he will be a successful president. If he doesn't, he'll be "primaried" in 2016.
Either way, it will be a hell of a lot better than what we have now. Therein lies our optimism for America.
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Writer's note: I was so busy today that it wasn't until after I wrote this post that I found out that Sarah Palin had written an awesome Facebook Note which also talks about the establishment. Read it here.
But this whole thing isn’t really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties’ operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.She must be listening to Mark Levin, too.