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Third Party Gambit – GOP In Trouble?

In The Wrong Right Turn on 23/02/2010 at 08:37

In April 2009, in a speech at College of the Ozarks, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich skewered Barack Obama’s proposed $3.5 trillion budget and stimulus package.

“Every young American ought to be calculating what this administration’s going to cost them for an entire lifetime,” Gingrich said, going on to call the Obama’s stimulus “the most destructive agenda in modern history.

The media lightly covered the speech, but Gingrich’s strongest words were for Republicans.

“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012. … Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year.”

One had to wonder where Newt’s mind was last November when he backed the GOP’s rabid liberal, Dede Scozzafava, in New York’s 23rd District’s special election. Clearly his words didn’t resonate in his own ears. Doug Hoffman, Sarah Palin’s nominee, was the only conservative in the race, and was clearly the man the Party should have supported. Otherwise they should have stayed out of the race.

But Gingrich pegged it in the Ozarks. If the GOP muffs it this time, the nation will almost certainly see the emergence of a third party. And it will be a windfall for the Democrats. A split in the GOP now will set back the conservative movement for decades. It is noble to talk third-party politics but in reality it only strengthens the left.

I left the Republican Party to make a statement that I believe many like me are making right now. I will certainly never vote Democrat, but neither will I support a party that has lost its moral and spiritual center. I think Glenn Beck is making the same statement.

It stands to reason that in order to achieve a party majority in Congress the GOP will have to support a few moderate or liberal Republicans in districts and states where conservatives are unelectable. That was the case in Massachusetts last month. It was not the case in New York.

The GOP is a right-of-center party. If it is to remain a viable force in American politics it must remain a right-of-center party and the lefties know it. Why doesn’t Michael Steele?

The Primary Season will be upon us soon and if the national party continues to support liberals in contests that conservatives can clearly win, they will loose their party for years to come. A conservative mutiny now, makes Democrats a shoe-in in November. It would be a tragic loss.

Newt Gingrich is a good man and a brilliant political thinker, but like a lot of good bright men in recent years, he has let partisan loyalty blind him to what is best for the party. Let’s hope New York was not a harbinger of the GOP’s plan for winning in November.

  1. Not another Ross Perot’ I sincerely hope that the Tea Party does not move in that direction.
    You are right….again

  2. Yeah, but Republicans better clean up their act, pronto.

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