View Full Version : Gopacalypse and the future of the right

11-05-2008, 06:05 PM

Just as Republican leaders learned nothing from the aftermath of 2006 and ignored the public’s rejection of the Iraq war, there seems to be no evidence that they understand where they went wrong in backing the war all along or how they contributed to the unfolding financial crisis and recession.

It is therefore the populists who have the advantage in winning over these constituents directly through grassroots organizing that would build and improve on the example of the limited successes of the Ron Paul campaign.

Regardless of how one views Sarah Palin herself, the phenomenon of enthusiasm for Palin, like the grassroots mobilization for Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul we saw in the primaries, shows the powerful hunger in Middle America for someone to speak for them and defend their interests. Except perhaps on immigration, institutional conservatism and elected representatives in the Republican Party have largely failed to do this. During the primaries, institutional conservatism was content to foist two rebranded Northeastern liberal Republicans on conservatives as their champions while denigrating the two candidates with the strongest grassroots support. As the enthusiasm for candidates as different as Huckabee and Paul shows, Christian conservatives and libertarians are looking for representation. These voters are not going to find it in a mainstream movement that loathes Huckabee and Paul, nor will they find what they seek among the “reformists,” so their support is up for grabs.