The state of the Party
MSNBC's Howard Fineman has a riveting and somewhat frightening piece
that tells the honest truth about the state of the Republican Party
and just what it is that the Republican nominee must do to win in November. Fineman asserts that we are in no small amount of trouble if we do not bring the old Reagan coalition together:
In the midst of a shaky economy and an unpopular war, it is nothing short of
astonishing that the Republican Party's contenders run neck-and-neck with
Democrats in test matchups. But the GOP is going to lose next fall if it cannot
reunify the three pieces of its conservative base: evangelicals, libertarians
Fineman points out that evangelicals are slowly coalescing around Mike Huckabee
, libertarians seem to be moving in the direction of Ron Paul
, and the hawks like Rudy Giuliani
, who seems bent on leading the country straight into Armageddon
. It may be that none of these three win the nomination (obviously, the ideal choice in my eyes is Fred Thompson
), but whoever does must bring the other parts of the Reagan coalition together if they are to win in November-you do not win General Elections with a divided house.
Things may change in the weeks ahead (we've looked divided in campaign before at this point and we still managed to come together) but right now it is quite clear that the GOP is very much a divided camp. One group of people who aren't helping the situation are certain supporters of Dr. Ron Paul.
I've often been asked from the beginning of this campaign why I did not throw my support behind Ron Paul since his ideology is the most closely in-line with my own in this race. Ron Paul's great weakness is not his views, but the behavior of many of his supporters. They engage in poll bombing, spam wars on the internet, and filling people's comment boxes with hateful and malicious diatribe. Some have even blocked traffic at intersections
while holding up signs, and are known to call those who confess that they won't be voting for Dr. Paul nasty names. People claiming to be Ron Paul supporters are reported to be the ones responsible for bringing an independent effort to raise funds for Senator Fred Thompson to an early end
. Some of these folks have no regard for the basic "unwritten rules" of political and social civility. While it is true that many great people are supporting Dr. Paul, I want no part of a campaign that clearly condones these kinds of tactics. Why can we say the Paul campaign condones this behavior? Because the campaign is doing nothing to stop this wretched band of malcontents from doing their dirty work.
These people are a discredit to a fine human being. What's more, the kind of behavior exhibited by some of these so-called "supporters" is precisely what undermines the unity needed to win an election. It ought to serve as a warning to the supporters of all Republican candidates: Bad behavior and poor political manners will not only do a disservice to your candidates, but it undermines the GOP as well.
Note: Now that I have said this, regular readers should be prepared for the hate-filled and foul language-laden comments (and other despicable tactics) to fill the comments section. It will be a blessing if they do not.
Labels: Presidential Election, Republican Party