“Highly placed New York kingmakers,” she wrote, “work toward ‘convergence’ between the Republican and Democratic parties so as to preserve their America Last foreign policy.” Yes, Phyllis Schlafly knew how these things worked. She was, therefore, well prepared when, in 1967, the kingmakers went after her.
Instead of comprehending the public rage from the above injustices, the established powers have repeated the conventional wisdom that the hordes of blue-collar voters, young people, independents, and others surging into the two outsiders presidential campaigns have been naive, unrealistic, selfish, stupid, ignorant, racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, fascist or some combination of the above.
WASHINGTON — The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grassroots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand. Their confrontation has little to do with the long-term philosophical […]
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis cruised to a surprisingly comfortable victory in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary, and the media reaction was quick and dramatic. “GOP establishment 1, Tea Party 0,” CNN declared. “The Tea Party’s North Carolina wipeout,” Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin wrote. The results are “sending shivers down the spine of Tea Party […]
Conservative columnist Matt Lewis seems relieved. “We may have finally reached a tipping point: Conservatives, it seems, are finally safe to criticize Sarah Palin (without fear of being written out of the movement, that is),” he wrote on Tuesday. A flurry of criticism from the right has swarmed around the one-time Republican nominee for vice […]
Here’s a scary thought: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) could be elected president… if the election were held in an off-year, like 2010 or 2014. The voters who come out to vote in midterm elections tend to be older, whiter and more costive than the “coalition of the ascendant” that helped Democrats win five out of […]
WASHINGTON — The Republican establishment is said to have grave qualms about Gov. Rick Perry. Here’s the problem: There is no Republican establishment. It squandered its authority by building up the tea party’s brigades and then fearing them too much to do anything to check their power. Worse for those who think Perry would be […]