Conservatives are tired of losing. Even when they “win” they lose. They give the Republicans the House of Representatives and nothing changes. They give the Republicans the Senate and watch as their own Republican Party works more closely with Obama than with the voters who put them into power in the first place. This long string of disappointments have had a deleterious effect on an already fragile psychology.
Now, faced with a Republican Primary, conservatives have abandoned the candidates who have been fighting for conservative policies and constitutional principles. Why? Because they are so afraid of losing that they would rather go with unproven, late-to-the-party, outsiders that have scored media attention through pomp, bombast, and controversy. TEA Party conservatives that helped fight to elect Congressman Dave Brat are now staunch supporters of a wealthy corporatist. Eric Cantor has got to be shaking his head, thinking, “these people threw me out of office because of my ties to corporate elitists who were purchasing politicians left and right, and now they are supporting one of the wealthiest corporate elitists in the country who has been utterly forthcoming with the fact that he has been purchasing politicians for years?”.
Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been in the trenches, taking on the establishment, facing off with the media, with Wall Street, with K Street, and with all the powers that be, but they are no longer good enough for conservatives. Why? Because they lack Trumps money? Because they aren’t able to be the first female President? Because they don’t campaign in Spanish?
No, what we’re actually witnessing is this: the vast majority of Trump and Fiorina supporters will tell you that they prefer Ted Cruz or even Rand Paul, but don’t think Cruz or Paul will win. We’ve had two debates and no primaries. The ship is still tied to the dock and conservatives are abandoning ship, destroying years of a commitment to principles, objective records, and the desire that their politicians actually do what they say they are going to do. Why? Because they want to win. Winning is everything. It doesn’t matter that Fiorina and Trump were both big Hillary fans. Winning is everything. It doesn’t matter that Trump is the opposite of men like Congressman Dave Brat, Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee. Winning is everything.
They continue to believe that just one more REPUBLICAN victory, regardless who that Republican actually is, will mean a conservative agenda in Washington D.C.. Of course, it didn’t mean that when they gave the Republicans the House and it didn’t mean that when they gave the Republicans the Senate; but if they just win the White House with a popular and populist candidate, surely then they’ll see some results.
McConnell ran as a conservative and you elected him. Boehner ran as a conservative and you elected him.
I cannot be the only one who stands baffled by conservatives succumbing to these Jedi Mind tricks. Trump and Fiorina are swinging a watch before their faces and dazzling them with sound-bytes and they bite into the hook and cheer as they are reeled into the net.
I have talked to dozens of people over the last few weeks who have told me how much they love Ted Cruz, in particular, but [insert a thousand excuses]. They want to win. If they have to win with Trump, then they’ll win with Trump. If they have to win with Fiorina, they’ll win with Fiorina. And listen to me, because this is true, these same people will be more than willing to win with Bush or Kasich or Christie. That’s not their preference, but they’ll vote for them. This is the lesson the liberal Republicans have learned over the years. Just raise enough money, get your establishment candidate on the ballot, and the conservative base will pull the lever, because they want to win. They learned it with McCain, with Dole, with the Bush’s, and with Romney. Republicans will vote Republican. They want to win. Ironically, they never do.
That the conservatives, and even some libertarians for the love of everything holy, would abandon the only candidates with actual records of fighting for conservative and libertarian and constitutional principles is gut wrenching to watch. It’s typical male behavior. You’re dating a girl for years. She’s loyal, kind, and honest, and you love her. But then some extroverted bombshell walks into the room and smiles at you, plays games with you, entices you, and its just oh so exciting! You realize that you’ve been bored and that your ego hasn’t been fed quite as much as you like. And you cheat on the woman who would have fought for you, who would have been loyal to you, and who would have cared more about your happiness than her own. But you fell for the oldest trick in the book. That bombshell’s interest in you wasn’t about you! It was about her. It was about her making herself feel more beautiful, special, and valuable because she could take a man in love with a good woman and turn him into a slobbering monosyllabic caveman, willing to chase her to the ends of the earth.
Let’s be honest. Deep down you know that supporting Ted Cruz is the right thing to do, or supporting Rand Paul is the right thing to do, but because the media told you they can’t win you’ve hoisted the white flag before the battle even began! What happens when Trump become unpopular? I know exactly what will happen. You’ll abandon him for the new popular kid on the block. Carly maybe? And when you find out that she’s a Clinton-loving corporatist who ran her company into the ground the same way she’ll run America into the ground, you’ll move on to whoever the media tells you to – and then at the end of the day Jeb Bush will still have the most money and the most delegates because you wouldn’t stand together and fight with the real conservatives in the race.
I’m not prophesying here. Conservatives did this in 2012. Just like this. Exactly like this. Conservatives are doing it again.
I’m sorry to be so blunt about this and I’m sorry to call you out, but you’re doing a big thing badly.
Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker