There isn’t very much for me to say today, so I’m only going to reiterate
Today is the day when you’ll hear GOP establishment boosters rah-rahing it up for Cuccinelli, confident (at the highest levels, at least; many of the “pragmatic” followers of these manipulators within the consultant and leadership class believe themselves too savvy to believe any of my PURIST horse shit) they’ve done what they could — be it by omission (not matching the funding of the left groups, which outspent Cuccinelli 10-to-1; showing no sense of urgency, etc) or commission (Republican elected officials within the state either trashing Cuccinelli publicly or, in at least one case, outright endorsing McCauliffe) to ensure his loss.
Then, we’ll begin to hear the postmortems from these same types, who will bemoan the fact that Cuccinelli’s ties to extremists in the TEA Party movement are what did him in — not the GOP establishment’s lack of enthusiasm, not the funding of a “Libertarian” candidate (who it turns out received a very large portion of his funding from a Democrat bundler), not the national GOP opinion drivers like, eg., George Will or Jennifer Rubin taking to the pages of the Washington Post to suddenly find merit in a third party answer, even if the third party candidate is entirely unconservative, supporting tax hikes and a per mile tax on driving while distancing himself from the Austrian school of free market economics.
The counterpoint — look at how Chris Christie dominated in a blue state!– will be meant to show us the way forward, that by compromise and rebranding (which is shorthand for pandering to ethnic groups and discounting the GOP party’s base) the GOP can once again thrive as a national party.
Sadly, that party will be the Democrat party, albeit reinscribed as “conservative” — while the actual Democrat party itself slides into a progressive or labor party posture permanently.
Chris Christie has already insisted he is a conservative, despite not signing on to fight the health care debacle, a fight led by Cuccinelli, who actually won at the Federal Court level; he has insisted he is a conservative despite his positions on global warming, on rapidly setting up a state health care exchange to get ObamaCare implemented, on gun control, on amnesty and in-state tuition to illegals, and a host of other things that Karl Rove (along with allies on the left) have worked to rebrand as “conservative.” In other words, Chris Christie is a conservative, provided moderates and neostatists are allowed to define the term.
My site was down for a large part of the day yesterday. And with it, my email. So it wasn’t until today that I heard that Mark Levin had written openly about the GOP establishment’s attempt, in his estimation, to ensure a Cuccinelli defeat — and its long term plan of fighting conservatism as a way to return to status quo DC bipartisanship, the very thing that leads us ever leftward, and makes us ever more dependent on a federal government that has long exceeded its constitutional authority. We’re beginning to see strange happenings: FOX News doing specials on Charles Krauthammer, whom Ron Radish absurdly called the most important voice of modern conservatism (a claim soundly rejected by Andrew McCarthy) and belied by Krauthammer’s own admissions and concessions. That we’re now at the point where “conservatism” is being championed by a Mondale speech writer and the operatives for the Bush family, who worked so hard to defeat Reagan and then to roll back his policies, along with columnists like David Brooks (who spends much of his time making the case for embrace of big government) and Jennifer Rubin, who is a former Kerry supporter and who spends her days looking for ways to undercut actual conservatives, makes this dog and pony show all the more surreal.
I’m happy Levin posted his piece, and that it was picked up and widely disseminated — though I’m hearing from the pragmatists today that such claims are absurd. But of course, Levin wasn’t the first to say any of this, and unlike Mark, whom most of you here know I admire greatly, I don’t count among my friends people like Bob Beckel, nor do I call FOX my favorite cable news channel.
So today I’m just going to repost what I wrote on Sunday just after noon, because it speaks to this in a way that is terse and compact. The post was titled “a not-so-bold prediction”:
Ken Cuccinelli will lose in Virginia because he’s been seriously outspent by a Left that understands the power of perception, and seriously undersold by an establishment “right” that understands the same thing.
Throw in a “libertarian” candidate who doesn’t have the support of either Ron or Rand Paul, a guy who supports increasing gas taxes, is for a per-mile tax on driving (which would necessarily involve governmental tracking), etc, to take votes from the conservative (the Pauls have noted that Cuccinelli would be the most libertarian — read, classical liberal — governor in the country were he elected), and who has earned the endorsement of uber libertarian Jennifer Rubin, and it’s a perfect storm of fraud, deception, and money purchasing power.
I sincerely hope Cuccinelli can pull it off. But I think the deck has been very intentionally stacked against him.
It’s time we understood a simple truth: Every political battle now is an attack on the TEA Party by the status quo ruling class. And that’s because the TEA Party is the last barrier to the surrender of individual sovereignty and the permanence of big government statism favored by crony capitalists, corporatists, and liberal fascists.
It isn’t paranoia when they really are out to get you.
I’ve gotten quite a bit of push back on this piece — I’m peddling misinformation and hurting the cause of the Party, I’m lectured to, as if somehow my first duty is to support a Party that regularly turns its back on me — but I stand by the piece, just as I would like to point out that I stood unabashedly with Senators Cruz and Lee and the handful of conservatives in the Senate who tried to stop what has led to the massive instances of people being dropped from their health care plans before ObamaCare could take affect and cause these cancellations.
Meanwhile, the GOP worried about the politics and polling of a partial shutdown, adopted the left’s narrative about default, and calculated that, by allowing Americans to suffer, this would help the party — with power being the first and only goal.
With respect to the Virginia gambit, as I’ve seen it play out, ,I’ll concede that, save for a few well-placed attacks, the outward disdain for Cuccinelli hasn’t been as evident as it was for, say, Christine O’Donnell or Sharon Angle or Richard Mourdock. But this just tells me that the GOP leadership and consultant class is learning how to play this sabotage and king-maker game on a more subtle level.
What I don’t think they’re recognizing in all their cleverness, however, is that the era of voting for the lesser of two evils isn’t going to spur the base into donating to their candidates or going to the polls. Those days of hostage taking are over. I also don’t think they recognize that many of the “independents” they chase every election cycle are increasingly made up of those who are disgusted with the GOP and have left it entirely — and that the poor GOP poll numbers people like John McCain worry about and liberals (and GOP establishment types) like to cite represent in part the rejection of the GOP by many erstwhile Republicans, who like Democrats hold the GOP compromise for compromise sake caucus in utter contempt.
But then, that doesn’t matter to them: if the Democrats win, the two party system remains, and the status quo is maintained; then if, in the natural course of events, the GOP controls power from time to time, more’s the better, because they will have their opportunities to dole out the favors, to engage in their own brand of crony capitalism and corporatism, and life as a ruling class will return to normal.
The people being left out of the political gamesmanship in DC are…The People.
And this is not likely to end well for anyone. Because either we embrace our chains or we reject them and fight to throw them off. And either way, horror is sure to follow.
Enjoy your day as best you can.
And know that even as the big sites on the right continue very intenti0nally to try to freeze me out of their networked club, they can’t keep me silent, especially if those of you who remain as readers continue to make the case I make here on a daily basis to whomever you can. Try as they might they can’t effectively freeze out all of us. And so we fight on.