GOP Voters Seek A Choice Not An Echo

In 1964, Schlafly wrote "A Choice, Not An Echo," widely credited with winning Barry Goldwater the Republican nomination for president. The book sold an astounding 3 million copies. (The average nonfiction book sells 5,000 copies.) Goldwater lost badly in the general election, but the Republican Party would never be the same.

Goldwater's nomination began the retreat of sellout, Northeastern Rockefeller Republicans who hoped to wreck the country with slightly less alacrity than the Democrats. Without Schlafly, without that book, it is very possible that Ronald Reagan would never have been elected president. 
~ Ann Coulter
Who really picks our GOP presidential candidate?  I am here to tell you that the big-government-and-high-finance-oriented, deep-pocket Eastern GOP Establishment has returned (after President Reagan's two terms) to dominate Republican politics and policy in a manner designed to simulate Democrat free-spending liberalism. The GOP policy was described by Phyllis Schlafly as "me-too." Sadly, the GOP Establishment represented themselves as conservatives but we have only seen conservative-libertarian policy in place in recent years when Newt Gingrich (with the help of Rush Limbaugh) assembled the Congressional "Class of '94." Even after acknowledging that small breakthrough, many promises were not kept throughout the Clinton and Bush years.  Gee-Dubya invoked the Reagan strategy of lowering tax rates to recover from the 911 economic downturn only to turn around and doom Medicare by pushing through government-paid prescription drug benefits.  Then he violated the principles of US capitalism by permitting the multi-trillion dollar TARP bailout of the mortgage, banking, insurance  and investment sectors of the economy -- the very businesses that put him into office.

The new breed of GOP Establishment kingmakers are led by none other than former president George Herbert Walker Bush, assisted by George W.  The New York Times  refers to this year's adventure into control politics as the "Bush Primary."
The current crop of Republican hopefuls will have fewer concerns about being tied to George W. Bush’s policies, which are less immediate after a few years of President Obama’s tenure in the White House. That leaves them free to openly court the family’s network, which has loomed over Republican politics for more than two decades.
The candidate names associated with meetings with the Bush family (sometimes involving visits to Kennebunkport and Dallas) are Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty. The NYT casually notes that current front-runner, Mitt Romney, is very close to the elder Bush. None of the gentlemen currently participating in the Bush Primary -- Huntsman, Pawlenty or Romney -- can pass the conservative smell test, although "Tea-Paw" and Willard Mittens are trying extra hard to dupe TEA Party voters.

The principle points in the Phyllis Schlafly book can be discerned from her writings below:
Most Americans think the next president of the United States will be selected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November … when we go to the polls to vote. Most Americans think they will vote for a candidate who has been selected in their Party's political convention by Delegates who voted their honest convictions and chose the man best qualified to lead their Party to victory. This may be what is taught in the schoolbooks, but this ideal is frequently contrary to political reality.

With all these issues — issues which are vital to the survival and security of America — issues for which Republicans have the facts and arguments on their side — it looks as though there is no way Republicans can possibly lose so long as we have a presidential candidate who campaigns on the issues. But, the reader may ask, isn't that what a presidential nominee is supposed to do — campaign on the issues?

Politics makes strange bedfellows. The secret kingmakers have made common cause with the Democrats who had everything to gain and nothing to lose if the Republicans made a weak campaign. One of the favorite tricks of the Democrats is to try to get the Republicans to pass over their strongest candidate and nominate instead a candidate who will be easy to beat … with the same reverse psychology that Brer Rabbit pleaded with the fox, "Oh, please don't throw me into the briar patch!"

[Commenting on the 1948 elections] Harold L. Ickes [former FDR cabinet member and the father of Harold M., ex-Clinton aide and organizer of George Soros’ Democrat Shadow Party] put it more bluntly. He said: “With the bases loaded, the Republicans sent to the plate their bat boy. They could have sent in their Babe Ruth ... ."
Today, the Republican Babe is indeed a babe -- Sarah Palin -- should she choose to run against the Democrats, the Lame Stream Media and the GOP Establishment.  Former First Lady Barbara Bush literally "let the cat out of the bag" when she commented on Palin:
“I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska.” She then added the zinger: “And I hope she’ll stay there.”
Angelo M. Codevilla is absolutely correct in his epic treatise on politics, as it relates to  America's Ruling Class, which begins like this:
As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment of some 10 trillion nonexistent dollars in ways unprecedented in America. They explained neither the difference between the assets' nominal and real values, nor precisely why letting the market find the latter would collapse America. The public objected immediately, by margins of three or four to one.

When this majority discovered that virtually no one in a position of power in either party or with a national voice would take their objections seriously, that decisions about their money were being made in bipartisan backroom deals with interested parties, and that the laws on these matters were being voted by people who had not read them, the term "political class" came into use. Then, after those in power changed their plans from buying toxic assets to buying up equity in banks and major industries but refused to explain why, when they reasserted their right to decide ad hoc on these and so many other matters, supposing them to be beyond the general public's understanding, the American people started referring to those in and around government as the "ruling class." And in fact Republican and Democratic office holders and their retinues show a similar presumption to dominate and fewer differences in tastes, habits, opinions, and sources of income among one another than between both and the rest of the country. They think, look, and act as a class.
The first order of business in solving the GOP Establishment dilemma  is to regain voter control over elections by eliminating past expectations imposed on the American electoral system by the ruling class.  First we need to get rid of televised political debates which were began on Sixty Minutes  in 1960, thus they were "invented by liberals to showcase liberals." These orchestrated events are designed to make conservatives defensive and are simply an unproductive waste of time and effort by candidates who already have 24/7 exposure on TV and the internet.  We also need to scale down the ritualistic "cauci" (as Rush calls the state party caucuses) and somehow  alter the national convention format where the attending delegates are manipulated by party elites and moved around as if  puppets on strings.  We might also restrict primary elections to registered Republicans and abandon the elections in favor of caucuses in states that will not accommodate such a change. Conservatives and their party need intelligent, committed thinkers, not zombies.

'Supernova" Sarah Palin is leading the way with an unconventional and uncompromising approach to campaigning -- and the TEA Parties now must find a way to coordinate their support efforts to the most visible and dynamic conservative candidate.   Remember it is the opposition which has planted the idea that she is unelectable  -- and against Obama, your family dog is electable.  We will not be best served by nor do we want faux-conservative Mitt Romney who will bring us big government programs all over again.

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H/T: NRO Campaign Spot