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AP Savors Base Vs Elites Feud In Republican Party

From the Associated Press:

Marriage ruling renews GOP centrists-vs.-base feud

By CHARLES BABINGTON | June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dramatic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is forcing Republican leaders to cope, in bright daylight, with something they’d rather handle discreetly: the careful balance between placating their conservative base and reaching out to centrist voters crucial in presidential elections.

Top GOP leaders showed notable restraint this week, while conservative activists fulminated against the court’s decision, which requires the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage.

It’s a delicate political dance that establishment Republicans perform whenever divisive social issues gain new prominence. Republicans are unified and confident in their anti-tax, small-government principles. But nonfinancial issues cause more problems.

And never mind that it was Ronald Regan’s fusing of the fiscal conservatives with the social conservatives that won him two historic landslides. Our one party news media want to make sure that can never happen again.

Republicans are struggling to keep pace with rapidly increasing public acceptance of gay rights. They’re also embroiled in intraparty debates over illegal immigration. And a third sensitive issue charged back into prominence this month when House Republicans voted to sharply restrict abortion rights. A similar bill triggered a midnight standoff this week in the Texas legislature.

Why stop at gay rights, amnesty and abortion? Why not add gun control, and even Obama-care? — None of which is truly popular with the public. As the polls and elections tell us, time after time.

All these issues pose major challenges to Republican leaders in Washington if not elsewhere. Conservative activists, who form the party’s backbone, care passionately about these matters, and they will give Republican candidates only so much leeway before rebelling. Many House Republicans, in particular, cater to such voters, hoping to avoid a GOP primary challenge from the right.

But up-for-grabs centrist voters hold more moderate views on these issues. Their drift towards Democrats in recent years is a key reason why Republicans lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections…

Everything under the sun has been used to explain why the Republicans have lost recent presidential elections. Now we are back to the precious Independents. And never mind that the GOP’s last two candidates were the moderate John McCain and the moderate Mitt Romney. Who both lost because too many conservative Republicans stayed home. Our one party news media want to make sure the GOP keep making the same mistake, over and over again.

Which is the AP and the rest of our news media use every opportunity to try to drive a wedge between the fiscal conservatives and social conservatives. And, again, never mind that it was Ronald Reagan’s fusing of fiscal conservatives with social conservatives that won him two historic landslides.

Which is exactly the point. Our one party news media want to make sure that never happens again.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP Savors Base Vs Elites Feud In Republican Party”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    There is One Party … the Party of Power.

    It is built on the NFL model. The national Football league owns both Conferences. The American Football Conference. And the National Football Conference. These two conferences battle it out for the supremacy of claiming the title of Superbowl Champion. But even with this nearly unobtainable prize in hand after a grueling Season, the Conference which succeeded in claiming the Victory … is still controlled by 32 owners. 32 Owners control the Game. Including who their ‘Commissioner’ will be; who the Officials are; which cities their business will take place in and who can be an Owner – see Rush Limbaugh for damning evidence.

    Surely further dots to not have to be connected

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Excellent analysis as usual. It really is that simple.

      We are considered rats in a maze. We can take any path we choose and eventually we get our reward and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. But, when seen from above it’s obvious that the choice was already made for us and our seemingly different paths converge and we are granted our reward. They allow us the illusion of believing we are chosing our on way when in reality they only gave us a choice between two paths that lead to the same place. One just takes longer and we feel better about it.

      The game is rigged. There is only one solution.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Aa is your summation. Rats in a maze, always leading to the same Do Not Want.

      Or, you can go here …http://apocalypseknow.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/stop-hitting-yourself.gif (by way of metaphor)

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Now that may be closer to the truth than many want to admit. Not heavenly angels but the fallen ones, manipulating those who deny the truth.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Nozy, you really have to read out Trilogy. Seriously. I’ll even buy the first book as a gift.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Our … not out (sorry, one eye and three finger typing skills)

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Not much of a reader of books, except the bible. Never have been.

      The last book I read was in 1994, a book that a friends wife let me borrow when she swore how great it was. A Micheal Crichton paperback, can’t remember the name. I read the whole book in about 6 hours and on the last page the murderer turned out to be some character that was introduced about 20 pages in and scantly mentioned the rest of the way. I was so pissed off at such an unlikely ending that took the book back to my friend and I haven’t picked up another one since.

      Silly, yes I know. But, that’s me.

  2. canary says:

    Well on the bright side in coming out of the closet the married same-sex couples will stand out like an eye sore (if you cringe when you see them kissing and showing affection in public) find it easier to meet other gays and their divorce rate will just get higher. They are very possessive of their lovers since they don’t have as many choices as “normal” people and there will be more domestic violence and heinous sexual assaults and straight people will have to watch their backs more now.

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