If the Romney campaign seems to be acting in a rather stupid manner lately, perhaps this is the reason why:
“Leading conservative talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham are both arguing that the Republican party will or should be shut down if Mitt Romney loses in November — an idea that, however hard to believe, gives you an indication of the right wing’s dissatisfaction with the Republican party.
“If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down, start new, with new people. Because this is a gimme election, or at least it should be,” Ingraham said on her radio program yesterday. “Election after election, we hire people who have lost previous campaigns, who have run campaigns that have failed, who have messaged campaigns where the message fell flat, and they keep getting re-hired.”
Where Ingraham made an argument, Limbaugh made a prediction: The Republicans would fall, but not before blaming the conservative base for their woes and opening a window for a third, more conservative party to take their place.
“If Obama wins, let me tell you what it’s the end of: The Republican Party. There’s gonna be a third party that’s gonna be oriented toward conservatism. I know Rand Paul thinks libertarianism. And I know if Obama wins, the Republican Party is gonna try to maneuver things so conservatives get blamed,” he said.
“The only problem is, right now Romney’s not running a conservative campaign. But they’re gonna set it up to say, ‘Well, the right sat home,’ or, ‘The right made Romney be other than who he is.’ They’ll try to deflect the blame, but they got who they want.”
These threats of a conservatives bolting the GOP has always been the “fire bell in the night” of Republican politicos for a long time. However, if I had to bet who would be around longer I’d put my money on the Republicans.
These hosts are roughly about the same age give or take a few years and they’ve doing this since late 1980s and early 1990s. Who’s going to replace them when they’re gone? The GOP has been around since 1854.
These broods of vipers need to ask themselves this question: If Ronald Reagan, who had every opportunity to start a conservative third party under his banner, was unwilling to do so, then why would such a party have any more credibility led by aging talk show hosts? George Wallace did start such a party in 1968 and after 1980 it had been reduced to collective of extremists who split it to pieces in the usual non-major party pettiness fashion (Splitters!).
Just remember, the Romneys and McCains of the world are the GOP nominees because “conservatives” can’t figure out or come to an agreement on what they believe in to pick one person to run against the “establishment” candidate. So you get a bushel of candidates, some of whom are absolute jokes who have no business running in the first place, that wind up chopping each other up. Why would that be different in a “conservative” party? Not only that, the process will not exactly produce a Bill Buckley. It is more than likely it would produce a Herman Cain or Sarah Palin as the nominee of that party after appealing to the LCD. Do you honestly think either persons would be a threat to win the White House?
As a Paul supporter, I would be more than happy to see such fellows bolt after 2012 to leave the remains to Rand and crew to rebuild again. We’ll be more than happy to leave Third Party Land for Red State Nation and leave behind all the socialist parties for the conservatives to deal with. I’m sure they will be good neighbors.