By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Two developments in the Republican Party point to its future: South Carolina’s Jim DeMint announced his retirement from the United States Senate to serve as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, and the Reuters News Service reports that GOP House Speaker John Boehner is purging conservative Tea Party members from key committees “as he seeks to tighten control over his unruly caucus ahead of difficult votes on ‘fiscal cliff’ issues.”
The consolidation of America’s one-party state begins.
You see, it matters not how conservative a Republican you send to Congress if his vote (and yours indirectly) is negated by the gelding brothers John Boehner (House) and Mitch McConnell (Senate).
“I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas,” said Sen. DeMint in a statement announcing his departure from the Senate. DeMint told the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger, “This is an urgent time, because we saw in the last election we [Republicans] were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections.”
In short, DeMint had an epiphany: His party’s leadership is unable to “communicate conservative ideas” because they and the party they lead are not conservative. And believing they are requires a tortured redefinition of the term “conservative.”
I have been a registered Republican my entire adult life. But the neutering of the GOP by its establishment mafia has left me no choice: At the earliest opportunity, I’ll part company with the Party of Lincoln and register as an Independent.
I can’t support a party that has become nothing more than the women’s auxiliary of the Democratic Party.