GOP Maverick Breaks with Republican Elites
Huckabee’s surge in Iowa and nationally sends shock waves through Republican establishments as a new editorial in the Washington Post by EJ Dionne describes the Washington establishment paranoia about Huckabee.
The Huckabee surge represents a break with what has been standard operating procedure within the GOP for more than a generation.
Romney appears to be the Republican Elite pick for the nomination, but his flip-flopping is legendary, as various reports demonstrate. He was pro-choice before he was against it (even donating money and appearing at a planned parenthood rally). He wanted to be a bigger supporter of gay rights than Ted Kennedy – until he changed his mind. He and his father marched with MLK – but only in his dreams. And on and on. (Cue the theme song from the old TV show flipper…)
Romney’s flip-flops make John Kerry look like Mount Rushmore. No matter what side of an issue you’re on, you can count on Romney to support it, and be against it. The country rejected John Kerry in part because of his infamous flip-flops – and Mr. Romney is orders of magnitude worse.
Romney’s supporters say he’s just changing positions as new information comes to light, and he’s growing as a candidate should. Really? Look at the latest flip-flop about how he was with his father when he marched with MLK; the only problem is it never happened, as reported by CNN.
During his recent speech on faith, the former Massachusetts governor told his audience how he had witnessed his father, George Romney, marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Romney repeated the claim that his father, who was the governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, had marched with King on NBC’s Meet the Press last weekend …
But Romney never did witness his father march with King, as the campaign now acknowledges.
He’s flipped on abortion, gay-rights, and now historical events.
Romney has his millions and the support of Republican Elites. As the SS Romney takes on water and begins to list to the side will he be able to patch the holes with his millions and buy the presidency? His attack ads against Huckabee have been labeled “Misleading and false” (see references); he’s gone negative in the campaign in part to stem Huckabee’s surge, and in part to take the focus off his infamous flips and flops.
“If it was all about the money”, Huckabee said recently, “then we might as well put the presidency up on eBay”
Yes, it does take money. But if money were all it took, Ron Paul would be surging as well. Yet for all his millions, people recognize him for what he is – a fringe candidate at best. Money is important, but so is connecting with voters. Right now, Huckabee is. Will Romney’s false attacks make that support waver? Who knows. But Romney has plenty of money to throw mud with, and at least some of it will stick. The question is, will Romney get more mud on himself or Huckabee? We’ll have to wait and see.
But all that is prologue to the main point (Romney’s flip-flops are well-known by now), as Dionne’s article continues.
On domestic policy, Douthat and Salam say, the Republican Party “isn’t just out of touch with the country as a whole, it’s out of touch with its own base”
It’s not just domestic policy, it’s foreign policy, immigration, and just about everything else. The Republicans have abandoned their core constituency, becoming the party of big government, big debt and big business. That’s what people are mad about, the abandonment by the Republicans of what they claim as their core values.
On NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday … He [Huckabee] insisted “The President ought to be a servant of the people and ought not to be elected to the ruling class”
This election could just be a referendum on both political parties, neither of which serve a major constituency anymore. Democrats pander to the small group of socialists pulling their strings (and paying for their campaigns), while Republicans worship at the alter of big business. Both parties have not only thrown the common man under the bus, but continue to jam the bus in reverse, back up to get another run and try again, all the while asking for votes and support so they can sell the common man down the river without a personal flotation device.
What’s interesting is the two surging candidates (Obama and Huckabee) aren’t running attack campaigns, or bowing to the alter of their party. Will the major parties be able to crush their wandering children, or will the people send a message to the major political parties – that Democrat and Republican politicians serve the people, not the other way around.
Is there any viable candidate willing to stand up and serve the people and not their puppet masters? Perhaps that’s partly responsible for Huckabee’s surge – he’s not the pick of the Republican party elites, and they’re paranoid about his possible victory.
… the rebellion he [Huckabee] is leading is a warning to Republicans. The faithful are restive, tired of being used, and no longer willing to do the bidding of a crowd that subordinates Main Street’s values to Wall Street’s interests.
In the National Review endorsement of Romney they said “A Republican party that abandoned either limited government or moral standards would be much diminished in the service it could give the country”.
Sorry guys, that ship left the pier a long time ago (moral standards and limited government). If you really believe Romney stands for core values of the people we’ve got a bridge to sell – Romney is the pick of the establishment, who desperately want to guarantee one of their own takes residence of the White House .
The Republican party hasn’t just abandoned it’s principles, it’s crushed them out like a cigarette.
In short, people are mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore. Huckabee has a real chance at winning as his surge continues, and a Huckabee win would shatter the Republican elite mentality which abandoned the people it claims to represent, throwing them off the cliff but asking them to support the party before they hit the canyon floor.
Sorry guys, there’s a new player in town, and he’s not playing by your rules.
- Devil in the Details – MLK march investigation. Hunting flip-flop.
- Romney on Huckabee. Attack ads false.
- Romney on Huckabee II. More false attack ads.
- GOP Abortion Rights Group Calls Mitt Romney a Flip-Flopper
- Huckabee the Rebel – Washington Post