Just in case anyone had any doubts, the Republican Party is officially broken. It is about to be in the middle of a nasty political divorce. The only questions now are when and who will end up with the China.
What has happened?
For years there has been an uneasy truce within the Republican Party between the moderates and the conservatives. For the most part, the moderates won. Occasionally conservatives won and usually the moderates did their best to undermine the conservatives. When moderates won, conservatives were expected to fall into line and support the moderates. And for the most part they did.
Nothing demonstrates the break in the Republican Party better than the current governor’s race in Virginia.
In 2009, two Republican moderates cut a deal. Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling made an agreement. McDonnell would get the Republican nomination for governor in 2009 and Bolling would get it in 2013. Virginia governors are limited to one four year term.
Conservatives had other plans. Conservatives took over the Republican Party of Virginia and instead of having a primary where Democrats could cross over and vote for the moderate, the GOP decided it was going to have a convention.
Bolling knew he could not win with the conservative base in a contest where those casting votes were conservative activists so he dropped out. According to some reports in Virginia, he has been helping Democrat nominee Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe has been running commercials featuring a quote by Bolling attacking Ken Cuccinelli. Bolling has pointedly not said anything to counter that quote and he has pointedly refused to endorse Cuccinelli.
In Washington, conservatives wanted to fight Obama and Obamacare. The surrender caucus did not. When conservatives created the fight, the surrender caucus did what it does best and it surrendered. It stabbed conservatives in the back and then surrendered to the Obama Regime.
In an amusing editorial on Fox News’ website, moderate Texas Senator John Cornyn called for “party unity” against Obama and Obamacare.
Where was he when Ted Cruz was fighting Obama and Obamacare?
He was stabbing Cruz in the back.
Perhaps Cornyn has never heard the expression, “PUMA.”
That stands for, “Party unity my ass.”
The moderates in the Party are unwilling to fight Democrats but are very willing to fight conservatives. Conservatives have not been willing to fight back, until now.