Voters to GOP Elite: It’s Not Me…It’s You.

Oh, there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the corridors of power these days.  Indeed; one can hear the grinding sound of eroding tooth-enamel from Sacramento to Albany.

On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders is getting a lot of support from liberal voters who are tired of the machinations of the elites in the Democrat leadership.  The voter anger on the more liberal end of the political spectrum is even affecting the re-election campaign of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chair of the DNC.

The chief interest of the Honest Answer crew is the unrest on the Conservative side of the aisle.  For many years, we have been upset with a Republican leadership that has made promises to the voters, only to renege on those promises immediately after the elections.  From 2010 on, Conservative voters have been giving the Republican leadership all the votes that they’ve asked for to gain majority status in the US House of Representatives and in the US Senate.  In state parliamentary bodies, too, huge Republican gains have been made on the promise that Republican elected officials would hold the Conservative line and roll back the advance of the Progressives in government.  We’ve seen almost no result for our loyalty in the voting booth, however.

We Conservatives out here in flyover country have put Republicans in office.  In return, we still have Obamacare dragging down our economy.  Congress has refused to use it’s powers of the purse to curb the crushing regulations pushed by the EPA, the FCC, and the other alphabet agencies in Washington.  Fast-Track Trade Authority was handed to President Obama on a silver platter, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership legislation was, of course, also coughed up with barely a squeak from Republicans.    The few real Conservatives in office, like Louie Gohmert and Jeff Sessions, have been trying their hardest to stop Executive Branch overreach, with little help from their supposedly Conservative colleagues.

The popularity of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz should be no surprise; their Primary wins are a message to the GOP leadership that calls to mind a breakup between a dating couple.  Sometimes, in a breakup, one party tells the other, “It’s not you, honey, it’s me”, except in this election-year breakup between the GOP leadership and the Conservative base of the party, the message has changed to, “It’s not me, you jerk.  It’s you.”

The evidence is clear, even to those pundits of a more Liberal persuasion.  Take this piece in USA Today, penned by Kirsten Powers, who usually takes up the Liberal cause in her role as a Fox News contributor.  From Mrs. Powers’ USA Today article:

The old saw that you have to first acknowledge that you have a problem to solve the problem applies here. What the GOP “leaders” refuse to accept is that Trump is not the problem. They are.

The dissatisfaction among a large cohort of GOP voters is directly attributable to their unhappiness with a party that they believe does not represent their interests. In exit polls, high percentages of GOP voters registered displeasure with their leadership. In Tennessee, 58% of Republican voters said they felt “betrayed” by their leaders, as did 47% in New Hampshire52% in South Carolina and 54% in Ohio.

And there’s more.

The fact that so many establishment types continue to blame a Democratic president for GOP primary voters disliking their own party leadership demonstrates how disconnected from reality they are, how incapable of self-examination they seem to be. This is the same detachment from reality that led them to believe wholeheartedly in 2012 that Obama would never win re-election. That led many to expect a Mitt Romney victory up to the last minute, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. Or more recently, that led them to insist long after it was reasonable that Trump would be slain by Marco Rubio even as Rubio lost state after state.

The whole post is worth a read, folks, and I encourage y’all to follow the link and read the whole thing.

I usually don’t agree politically with Kirsten Powers; but in this article, her logic is sound, and her observations about the GOP “bigwigs” are right on the money.  While wailing about how Donald Trump is supposedly bad for the country, the movers and shakers of the Republican Party seem unable to look in the mirror and see real problem.  What is happening here as that the voters are finally waking up to the fact that the people we elect say one thing and do another; and by awakening, I mean that the majority of the electorate, of all political stripes, is fully awake and acting on what we see as a betrayal of trust.

The political class has made their bed, but I don’t think they’re gonna get a good night’s sleep in it, is all I’m sayin’.

 

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