GOP On Notice: Ditch the RINOs or Keep Losing

Courtesy of Americans for Limited Government

Courtesy of Americans for Limited Government

A new Rasmussen poll came out yesterday on the mood of Republican voters.  It’s very good news for conservatism as a political philosophy…but very bad news for the GOP establishment which has been pushing liberal RINO candidates on their voter base.

Just 15% of Republicans who plan to vote in 2012 state primaries say the party’s representatives in Congress have done a good job of representing Republican values.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 73% think Republicans in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters from throughout the nation. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

The report says these numbers are basically unchanged from a similar one conducted in April.

You would think after the big losses the GOP suffered in 2006 (after Republican voters got tired of the massive spending and lousy RINO behavior of so many in congress) and in 2008 (after two years of bumbling confusion by the GOP minority, and a RINO presidential candidate pushed on the voters by the establishment).

But no, there are few signs the GOP establishment has learned a darn thing.  Their attitude seems to continue to be: “No, screw you, you pathetic voter!  You don’t know what’s good for you. Don’t you get it: we need to be like the Democrats to win!”

Perhaps the reason they think this way is that they themselves are too much like the Democrats. They are more interested in power and privilege than in advancing the conservative agenda that is at the heart of Republican values.

We see this playing out in New York as the GOP establishment pushes Dede Scozzafava, a RINO that appeals to few if any true conservatives.

No wonder former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (the only real Republican in last year’s presidential general election) and former senator Rick Santorum–both Republicans–have endorsed the Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

The Politico quotes Palin:

“Political parties must stand for something. When Republicans were in the wilderness in the late 1970s, Ronald Reagan knew that the doctrine of ‘blurring the lines’ between parties was not an appropriate way to win elections,” she added, launching into an attack of the Republican Party.

“Unfortunately, the Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate that more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race. This is why Doug Hoffman is running on the Conservative Party’s ticket,” she wrote. “Republicans and conservatives around the country are sending an important message to the Republican establishment in their outstanding grassroots support for Doug Hoffman: no more politics as usual.”

The GOP fat-cats in the establishment expect the base to suck it up and vote for the RINO to keep liberal Democrats from winning. They still refuse to accept reality:  the conservative base is done supporting liberal Republicans over liberal Democrats.

As for the “moderate” and “independent” and “undecided” voters out there, they’re going to choose the genuine article over the pale imitation every time.  If your choice is Democrat or Democrat-lite, they’re going to go for the full version.

The Republican establishment can either get a grip, suck it up and get behind real Republican candidates…or they’d better get used to continuing to lose.

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