A funny thing happened to the Republican Party on the way to the next election.
Conservatives have started expecting Republicans to actually do the conservative things they say they are going to do. When even the suspicion exists that a Republican politician is going to let them down, conservatives make their lives a living hell.
All of this is in the context of the Defund Obamacare movement, which I support, while being fully aware that it is unlikely to pass, for precisely the reasons that the Daily Caller gets into*, but nonetheless do not think that its failure will hurt the GOP, as long as the leadership tries; and pretty also think that a lot of people online overestimate its urgency to the general population**.
I think that covers my particular heresy. At any rate, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest that the base refuses trust the GOP establishment one iota. It’s precisely this mistrust and low growling in the back of the throat that gets results for the conservative base, and I encourage the practice mightily.
There’s a direct connection between the GOP’s past broken promises and some activists’ current unrealistic demands. http://t.co/7nuOhd1TSS
— Jim Antle (@jimantle) August 26, 2013
*Essentially: if we wanted to pass legislation now, more of us probably should have gone to the polls in 2006, 2008, and 2012. Yes, yes, I know: there are umpteen billion arguments about why we didn’t, arguments that we did in fact go to the polls, and that that entire observation is illegitimate. Still. Elections have consequences.
**Online communities tend to do that. Bear in mind that I am part of several online communities, and I do not except myself from this analysis.