The Dire Problem of Republican Leadership

boehnerThe bitter GOP defeat of 2012, when their opposition had never seemed more vulnerable, sparked a prolonged inquest on possible causes: media bias mutating into outright cheerleading, a flawed candidate, unpopular social issues, unfavorable demographics. Rather less was heard about the quality of Republican leadership.

Let’s start with national chair Reince Priebus. All four campaign debates were moderated by partisan Democrats. One of them, Candy Crowley, knocked Romney off his balance with an ambush that stalled momentum he had developed in the first debate. Priebus stood passively by as the debates were rigged against his party’s candidates.

On election day, the GOP ground game was abysmal. Insufficiently tested systems broke down and GOP voter turnout was well below what it should have been. Negligence by Priebus again. Romney’s campaign chair is blamed for a poor campaign, especially for complacency towards the end, but Preibus stood by and let it happen. Yet Priebus didn’t resign after the election, nor was he asked to leave. As if sleepwalking, the GOP reelected him in an uncontested vote, without discussion of the damage he had done.

At the moment the most important Republican leadership role is that of the Speaker. Democrats have the Presidency, the Senate, the national press, and the educational system. The office of Speaker is the GOP counterweight to all of this, which makes it a precious asset that needs to be used to greatest possible effect. What does that imply? First, as the most visible Republican, the Speaker must explain and promote the GOP’s values and policies to the electorate.  Second, because he leads the only Republican group that has the power to initiate legislative actions, he must be the party’s chief strategist. Third, he must organize and deploy the party’s talent.

These purposes suggest certain personal qualities. To make the party’s case to the public, the Speaker needs to be articulate and engaging: he must have the knack of projecting Republican ideas in crisp, concise language, and a personality that can keep people listening. To be the party’s chief strategist he needs resourcefulness, foresight, and energy. To be its organizer he needs to be well-informed about the abilities and outlook of his people, and to understand what they will and won’t accept.

Does that sound like John Boehner? Even if Boehner were good in most areas but weak in one, that would not be enough; the office is so important for Republicans right now that its effectiveness must not be limited. But the truth is that Boehner is at best mediocre in every single respect. He is a dull speaker, unable to focus issues quickly in compelling language. He is absent from the airwaves for weeks at a time, and seems not to understand that his position must be used to create public support for Republican ideas and initiatives.

As to strategic foresight, who can forget the embarrassment of Boehner assuring the Tea Party that had driven the GOP to its 2010 victory: “we get it, we get it.” That was an admission that the party rank and file had led him, not the other way round. Essentially the same thing happened again when following the 2012 election Boehner tried for the personal coup of a grand bargain with President Obama. He was soon having to reassure his party that he knew he had made a mistake: more “we get it.” This episode also showed that Boehner had failed to understand the strengths of his position. He and his House Republicans control the beginning of any process involving funds, while Obama controls the end. If Boehner doesn’t initiate, nothing happens. When Boehner bypasses his caucus to negotiate directly with Obama he gives away that advantage.

As to Boehner’s understanding the mind and enjoying the trust of his Republicans, things could scarcely be worse. When he talks to the President, Republicans get nervous. They don’t trust him to negotiate for them because they don’t think he understands what they can accept. On Syria, he was once again out of touch with his members, and on Obamacare defunding he was led by his flock instead of the other way round. How much of the recent aggressiveness shown by some Republicans was due to sheer frustration at Boehner’s passivity? The result is that Republican legislators are suddenly in a confrontation that their leader neither planned nor foresaw, hence never prepared either them or the public for.

Why do Republicans so often choose leaders who are inarticulate, strategically clueless, and prone to unforced errors — and then stick with them long after that has become obvious? Denny Hastert, Bob Dole, Gerald Ford, John McCain — the list could go on. Mitch McConnell may be somewhat above this general level, but after his 2010 drubbing at the polls President Obama singled out McConnell to make a deal with him, obviously seeing him as the GOP’s weakest link. He was trying to evade the newly installed House GOP majority, and McConnell foolishly obliged him while the rest of the party stood by and let it happen.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that decisions about leadership seem to bring out an almost robotic Republican reliance on seniority and/or incumbency. It’s his turn next; or, someone already has that job. When Democrats got John Kennedy elected to the Presidency at age 43, or Bill Clinton at 46, or Barack Obama at 47, it was not their turn.

Contrary to what doom-sayers in the party said after the 2012 election, Republicans are now in a favorable position. The distressing results of liberalism are visible everywhere in city bankruptcies, astonishingly persistent unemployment, an incoherent and increasingly
unpopular Obamacare, and the misbehavior of government bureaucracies. Democratic constituencies like blacks and the young are facing astonishing levels of unemployment and must surely be vulnerable to a well-stated argument that liberal policies are destroying their lives. The Speaker could use his prominence to focus public attention on that issue, or to create a climate of public opinion conducive to defunding Obamacare, or to raise public awareness of the need for forthright answers on Bengazi or the
IRS — but he doesn’t.

This point has nothing to do with any conflict between conservatives and “establishment” Republicans. Differences of emphasis are inevitable in any party, but when they fester uncontrollably, and when on issue after issue individuals feel the need to strike out on their own (Cruz on Obamacare, McCain on Syria, etc), these are the symptoms of a leadership vacuum.

Republicans have a splendid hand to play — if only they would stop choosing and staying with leaders who have no idea how to play it. They won in 2010 only because ordinary people (aka the Tea Party) took the reins away from party leaders. When will the party stop squandering its advantages by acquiescing to feckless, drifting, inarticulate leadership? We only have to think about the consequences of another botched Presidential election to understand that one of the biggest threats to the future well-being of the
Republic is the wretched quality of Republican leadership.

John M Ellis is a Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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  • Jupiter C.

    I will revise my view of Priebus. I’ve been too forgiving & forgot his ineffectiveness last year.

  • Scott Hanson

    Maybe Priebus could try going on talk radio after he sobers up. I’ve heard him on Hugh Hewitt and he sounded genuinely drunk. Had anyone ever heard of Priebus before he was anointed head of RNC? What were his successes which the RNC hoped to tap into?

    Priebus went on the Hugh Hewitt radio show just before the 2012 elections and promised to do whatever it took to help Michele Bachmann in her Congressional race. The RNC did zilch for her. She barel won by a few hundred votes and not a dime was spent to help her by Priebus or the RNC.

    The real problem are the Mayberry voters inside the Party that ALWAYS decide things can’t really be this bad or our Party leadership would tell us. Or the Party leadership has a secret plan and we just need to blindly support their mythical plan. When there is no plan the Mayberry types shrug their shoulders and instantly forget what just happened. At the next crisis the Mayberry voters repeat the play with the same results. Our voters, other than Tea Party types, are every bit the spineless surrender monkeys as the worst of the RINOs. They will never conclude the situation needs drastic action or new leadership. At every turn they will minimize the crisis and project competence and strategy onto the same clowns that could screw up a one car funeral procession.

    The House Republicans wouldn’t revolt against Boehner if he started stomping puppies on C-SPAN. No progress can happen while we leave Benedict Boehner in charge of our army. He won’t learn, he won’t change, and he won’t fight. The people that think he will do these things need adult supervision.

  • Micha_Elyi

    John M Ellis is a Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Free advice and worth every penny it costs! Thanks, Prof. Ellis.

    Santa Cruz is California’s new Orange County for the 21st century–NOT!

    Get back to us Prof. Ellis after you’ve shown us all how to do the leadership thing in your own town’s council and state legislature.

  • Chezwick

    Don’t disagree with any of it. But I must point out, demography DID have a lot to do with the outcome of the 2012 vote. My understanding is that Romney got a higher percentage of the white vote than Reagan did in his landslide over Carter in 1980.

    • zoomie



      And this is why an amnesty for illegals will doom the GOP – something Priebus supports.

      • stephencarter

        Historically, and not so far back, the GOP was the big-tent rainbow party of many colors. The Democrats were the whites-only party, and they meant it 100%. The Dems have artificially painted the GOP as what they used to be. After all, never forget that the Dems supported slavery en masse, they supported segregation, and they opposed the civil rights movement, en masse. The GOP was the party that included and welcomed everyone. They still do. But the Dems’ propaganda creating a false narrative about the GOP has been 100% successful. Conservatives in America won’t succeed, whatever party they rally to, until this false narrative is exposed. Its first manifestation in popular culture was Norman Lear’s multiple TV series, All in the Family especially, where Archie ‘Bunker’ became synonymous with the new, false conservative — reactionary, bigoted, excluding, Christian, capitalist, pro-military … It was a cultural coup that changed everything, and which the right is still fighting.

        • NAHALKIDES

          I agree with you. The GOP should be able to attract voters of all races – anyone who wants to be free. My objection to the amnesty is based on culture, not race – more third-world immigrants will continue to vote 70% Democratic no matter how desperately clowns like Priebus try to pander to them, because they love Big Government, and we can’t compete with the Democrats on that, nor should we want to.

  • realitycheck

    Any GOP leader will always be at the mercy of a Tea Party minority, while any Tea Party leader doesn’t stand any chance of ever gaining a majority for presidency.

    The GOP is currently in the process of loosing 2014 and 2016. The only ones set to gain from Tea Party are the Democrats.

    • Dallas25305

      I Couldn’t disagree more. The members of the Tea Party are the only ones who seem to be men. Ted Cruz is a man who has proven that he is not afraid to stand up the lying, racist, Stalinist supreme, ruler of the U.S. Pres. Hussein Obama. The old country club, gutless loser Republican elite are afraid to stand up to the Obaminator. Since the Republican elite believe it is their job to kiss Obozo’s backside and when he says jump, ask how high. What is the sense of voting for those idiots anyway. They simply aid Pres Hussein in his racist, Stalinist destruction of the U.S.A. John McCain once a military hero. Now just a senile old man with Stockholm syndrome. At what point do the Democraps ever go to war against any of leftist nutjob groups that support them?? Never happens, only the liberal Republicans are stupid enough to do that.

  • cacslewisfan

    Republican leadership is a bunch of scared old ladies that think the Muslim Brotherhood is going to take care of them by making them look like they aren’t racists – a ridiculous charge they should passionately refute instead of wringing their hands and shuffling their feet. Instead of trying to appeal to the center, they should be unapologetically patriotic, Constitutionally conservative, and fiscally responsible. People hate wishy washy wimps, and Boehner reeks of flaccid indecision. McCain is ready for his meds. Why is leadership failing? Because they are ashamed to be conservatives. P.S. The reason why 4 million Republicans didn’t vote in the last election: evangelicals didn’t feel comfortable voting for a Mormon. If you looked at Christian threads or listened to Christian radio, it was the hot topic. Next time run a candidate that conservative voters will get behind.

    • Toffee Fee

      Romney is a Mormon, but above all was definitely just another statist RINO candidate. He did not stand up to Obama on Benghazi or any other point during the campaign. When the GOP has a decent candidate i will vote Republican again, but until then I’m 3rd party, or I’m moving abroad.
      The GOP once again just threw away the election. It was theirs to win. It’s obvious that someone in party leadership wanted it that way!!!

      • curious

        But, where will you go?


        I understand your feelings – I’ll bolt the GOP myself if they nominate Jeb Bush or Chris Christie – but the sad truth is Romney was the best candidate we had for 2012. He was a good man, but either he or his managers decided to wage an un-ideological campaign when one was needed most, against the radical Obama.

        Help us find and nominate a true Conservative for 2016, and stick around to vote for him.

    • thebigpromper

      You, including this article are full of strife self defeating criticism,come up with a real plan to change Washington ,then people will take notice. Otherwise this is nothing but a circular firing squad.

      • cacslewisfan

        I get where you’re coming from, but it’s clear that Republican leadership is terrified of the labels they are being smeared with by the Democrats. I have personally spoken to someone who worked for the Rep from the district Fort Hood is in. They worked on a bill to provide whistle blower protection for people that report soldiers who are exhibiting “jihadi tendencies.” The idea being that Nidal Hasan was not reported because people were afraid they would be labeled racist. Guess what? They brought it to committee and Boehner and other “leaders” wouldn’t even take it to the floor because they said it could be seen as “racist.” How can I have faith in people who behave this way? My “plan” is for us voters to make it clear that we will not vote for RHINO’s. We have soldiers who give their lives for our country, why are our leaders afraid of the name calling from Satan’s Little Sister (aka Nancy Pelosi)?


        As the economist Joseph Schumpeter observed, “defeatism” is not a charge that can be accurately applied to a piece of analysis, which is what Ellis did. You want a real plan to change Washington? Help Conservatives take over the GOP.

    • sims

      even more voters were, and are not willing to vote for a candidate that will fight against illegal immigration!

  • ADM64

    The Republican leadership is inarticulate, incompetent, timid because it does not know what it actually stands for. Mostly, it seems like a bunch of nice guys who want to “do good” and be liked. Glad-handed, not much of anything types with no firm convictions. Most accept, at some level, the principle behind the welfare state: markets don’t work, government needs to intervene, society owes people a minimum standard of living, job and security. Some of this, though, mirrors the country: very few people, despite what they say, seem to want a truly small government. Decades of the welfare state have made people want hands out, at least those who vote. It can be fixed, but it needs someone who actually believes in such a change and can explain it, and is prepared for the battle, and doesn’t care what is said about him.


      That about covers it.

  • Unc Remus

    I am done with the RINO Bootlickers…Third Party, Tea Party Reformers will get my votes, The “Old Guard” are all Quislings.

  • Spencer Warren

    I worked on House congressional staff in the early eighties. Many if not most members are deadheads when it come to selling their arguments, if they have any. Speakers and all the leadership always are half Brain dead hacks elected on the basis of seniority. Gingrich was the exception, but his personal failings resulted in his colleagues forcing him into retirement a mere few years after he led them to their first majority in forty years. He should have been the next Reagan. Forget the House. We need Ted Cruz to be our leader.

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  • Mickey Oberman

    The Republicans are oblivious to the merits of a true leader.
    Had they any common sense Sarah Palin would be their first choice.


      I think you’re mistaken – Conservative Republicans recognize and respect Palin. No doubt the Establishment/RINO types don’t like her, and the Left hates her. I’m not sure that Palin should be our leader, however – independent voters might not be ready for a woman President, and the fact that she didn’t complete her term as Governor could easily be used against her in another campaign.

      She might make a good Secretary of the Interior, if we could just find someone to win the Presidency.

      • Mickey Oberman

        She held a responsible post as governor and was a successful leader.

        What important position did Obama ever hold other than as what may well be as the worst American president in history.

        Perhaps Republicans are too timid to put their trust in a proven successful politician because she is a woman. Their choices so far have been disastrous.

  • texcteach

    Because the GOP establishment is actively planning to silence the Tea party and alienate the base because they are control freaks who don’t care about any thing but themselves. The Karl Rove’s and McConnell, McCain,Graham,and Boehner’s who go along to get along. They have no core convictions to fight for.

  • AlexanderGofen

    The Dire Problem of Repoooblicans is that now they DO NOT EVEN ACT as though being a sham opposition. They played the losing game in 2008/2012, in fact collaborated for the opponent’s victory in the 2008/2012 double coup.

    And even when they acted as though an opposition, they were not ashamed to openly state that their goal is merely to “win” (in a feud) rather than to carry and speak out the conservative principles.

    To further maintain or support the demoGOP is simply indecent:

    Repoooblicans must be destroyed, exploded in a grass root revolt. Kick out each and every low level repooblican chair, leave that criminal party en mass and immediately establish a new party Judeo-Christian America with this Platform:

  • bo guest

    clearly NOT written by John Ellis BUSH

  • RAS

    Forget the “Grand Old Poops.” Stick a fork in them, their done. I have been
    a conservative for a long time and a registered Republican during most of
    it. I have watched the GOP snatch defeat from victory time and again. Now the leadership (including so called conservatives) is trying to marginalize the mainstream of its party and the Tea Party in favor of being on the inside, which they never will be. The party big shots and insiders are clearly embarrassed by the moral and social values held by those of us who faithfully support and routinely vote for the party.
    They seem content to go along with the in-crowd in D.C as long as they are allowed to remain at court. Witness the large stay-at-home base in the last election. The rank and file was not motivated by an apparent moderate, who no doubt was a qualified candidate, especially when compared to his opponent; the “nice guy” that preached “vote revenge.” To the GOP, “I’m out of here.”

  • brittiger

    The China credit rating agency just downgraded US credit. ”

    The announcement came after the U.S. Congress passed and President
    Barack Obama signed a bill that extends the nation’s borrowing authority
    and ends a two-week government shutdown.

    “The fundamental situation that the debt growth rate significantly outpaces
    that of fiscal income and gross domestic product remains unchanged,”
    Dagong said in the statement, adding Washington’s solvency was
    vulnerable as old debts were still repaid through raising new debts.

    “Hence the government is still approaching the verge of default
    crisis, a situation that cannot be substantially alleviated in the
    foreseeable future,” it said.”
    It is also reported that other major credit agencies are considering a downgrade
    . Listen carefully to exactly what drives their concerns.


      Indeed, this puts the lie to the Democratic position that the way to keep up your credit rating is to go even deeper into debt – an absurd assertion that the media was happy to repeat, and Boehner didn’t spend much time trying to correct.

  • stephencarter

    The USA is so utterly and completely doomed by the illegitimate triumph of liberalism all across the fetid plain. It is futile, pointless in the extreme for the GOP to fight any longer to restore sanity to the Republic. This is what a majority of Americans want! Americans like the slimy insincere jackal grin of Obama as he has another undeserved victory. It just goes on and on, and not a single thing improves, year after year. So the solution is obvious. This is what Americans want! Stop fighting. Republicans, go Galt! All Republican Senators and Representatives should give a week’s notice and just resign. Withdraw your concern for changing America’s direction. Withdraw your pointless battles against the most corrupt political entity in the Western world, the Democratic Party. All of the federal bureaucracy has simply become a branch of the Democratic Party. Why fight it any more? Why try to help the nation? Just let the Democrats spend spend spend spend spend spend … Nothing can be done. America’s political system is utterly broken. Go Galt, Republicans! Let the Republic destroy itself.


      The problem with your plan is that there is no “Galt’s Gulch” in reality – the reach of the Federal leviathan is everywhere, which is why the Left has fought so hard to Federalize entitlement programs – if they existed only at the State level, they would be limited because productive people would leave when taxes for welfare became excessive, or when health care was socialized as it has been in Taxachusetts.

      Rand didn’t offer a solution in Atlas Shrugged, but I will suggest that if we can no longer win a national election because the game has been so rigged against us, secession is the answer.

  • Emma Baldwin Chase

    What you’re basically saying is that American political discourse has ceded substance to style, gravitas to glam, and conservatism to consumerism.

    The GOP blew it by alienating conservatives like me–socially liberal, politically independent, and steeped in American freethought. They lost me when peddling the vision of my republic as a theocracy in which petty minded Calvinists and Catholics snoop in people’s bedrooms, marriages, and families. They lost me when they chose to out-hysteria the Left when choosing messages. The only thing that ever kept me from becoming a Democrat is that they are unspeakably odious IMO. I would have liked to be a Republican like my “greatest generation” dad was…but the GOP sold him and other American industrial workers up the creek under Reagan in converting our economy to a global speculative casino.

    And now the corporate mass media have schooled everyone in Hate America First, in the name of an elitist punditocracy utterly removed from life at the grass roots in this nation. Even supposed “conservatives” are buying into this vile reactionary stance, like the Ayn Rand humpers, who are so immature as humans they think that civil war will be a cakewalk and they will be in charge when the smoke clears. (Few choose to move to Somalia, I notice.)

    Republicans are not listening to independents who are cut from the same cloth as TR, Lincoln, La Follette, and Eisenhower. It is time to wean ourselves from the sociopathic rhetoric of Karl Rove and return to a stance of politics from the local to the national. It’s time for the GOP members in Senate to set the bar high: turn back any salary differential over the American median plus one standard deviation; refuse pay raises; stop acting like overlords and behave more like representatives of rank and file Americans.


      There are too many people like you – people who so fear an imaginary “theocracy” they think Social Conservatives wish to enact that they have failed to support the only viable alternative to the totalitarian Left, that is, the Republican Party. At this point, the GOP is poised to self-destruct, but if people like you had given us your support in the last election, we might have won it.

      There are too many people like you – but not enough that you could form a viable political alternative. Conservatives are not going to join you – so instead, join with us to stop the Democrats, or live under the absolute rule of men like Barry Hussein Obama. Which do you prefer?


    I agree with Ellis’ dire assessment of the Republican leadership; however, I disagree that it has “nothing to do with any conflict between conservatives and “establishment” Republicans” – it has everything to do with it, because the basic problem is that Conservatives have allowed the Establishment to control the Party. The way we got stuck with Reince Priebus is that there are a lot of little Priebus clones at the precinct, township, and county level, and it is they, not us the rank and file, who elect clowns like Priebus. (By the way, Priebus is worse than Ellis thinks – he also supports a Party-destroying amnesty for illegal aliens).

    The answer is for Conservatives to get more involved with the GOP at the local level, even running for Party offices like precinct committeeman. Control at the local level will lead to control at the national level. Conservatives are a clear majority within the GOP, but they have to make sure Party officials are tough Conservatives, not spineless Establishment types.

    I recently wrote an article entitled “Mission: Take the GOP” expanding on this point. Anyone interested should be able to find it with a search engine – I’m not sure we’re allowed to use hyperlinks here.

  • JVictor

    It’s becoming clearer and clearer that “ruling class elite” includes the likes of McCain and Boehner. It is becoming increasingly difficult to lay the total blame for the “Obamafication” of this country on the president and his party. Instead of using the tools that the Founders put into place to protect the long term interests of this country, they are all working together to fundamentally transform it. Unless they are ALL VOTED OUT, we are going to continue seeing this type of destruction. Wake up, people: YOUR elected leaders are part of the problem. Boot them out.

  • Lawrence Kennon

    Another reason why we need term limits badly. That might prevent the problem of leadership by incompetent seniority.

  • Federale

    Time to remove Boehner.

  • LibertyLinda

    This is what I mean when I say ‘no’ to a third party and ‘yes’ to turning the Republican party inside out and completely convert it a pure Conservative party – the RNC, all the funding groups, oust Boehner NOW and lets get going. 2014 is the major band-aide we need to stop the damage, 2016 will be the suture. Stop listening to the elite GOP media too, that will be a start America (yes, that means Fox News with Carl Rove & the rest of the progressive Republican talking heads).

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The GOP, along with the Dhimmicrats, is the enemy of the American people. Which is why under GWB they grew government like there were no tomorrows and also why they are lying to the American people about the scourge of Islam, while at the same time also allowing millions of Muslim stealth jihadists to migrate into America.

    Conservatives and patriots must form a new political party to replace the turncoat Republican Party

  • Flowerknife_us

    There are all kinds of Ads for those suffering from “low T”.
    A lot of Republicans need a proscription for it. Especially if Obama gets wind of what we can do if we get it. The deductibles and co-pays will be right out of site if he does.

  • Ellman48

    Professor Ellis has eloquently expressed the biggest weakness of the Republican Party under the Obama regime. The Speaker is no match for Obama or even a lesser weasel and liar. The Republicans selected a mediocrity as Speaker and two dull mediocrities in McCain and Romney to run against Obama in 2008 and 2012. Among other things, such pathetic judgement suggests that they do not have a clue about how dire the nation’s fiscal and economic conditions are or they would not offer mediocrities to run for major political offices. They continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and then say “we fought a good fight, but lost”. MORONS!

  • American1969

    The GOP “leadership” is a portrait in failure. The leaders have been ineffectual and incompetent.

  • sundance69

    It’s all about money, I keep getting phone calls over and over asking for donations for the Republican Party and I tell them to go to hell. I am sick and tired of donating money to people that do not care about us. Either we change this leadership or we get a third party and take it over ourselves. I keep hearing that a third party would harm our chances of electing a candidate, but I think we are doing just that with no help at all.

  • Nabuquduriuzhur

    I summed it up in my July 22, 2013 blog:

    “Those controlling the money that goes to the Republican party have created a system where there are few individuals with the courage to do the right thing.

    The Party itself has made some truly stupid errors, such as not disputing their “losses” on Nov. 6 2012 when the numbers in state after state were so badly tampered with.

    Alienating their base, who have no desire to be democrats/InterNational Socialists, is by far the most stupid thing they have done. It’s like they’ve forgotten that there is a public that is divided into moral and immoral halves and the half that they used to represent was the moral half.

    How many elections have to be lost before Republicans quit trying to act like Democrats? From Bob Dole’s loss to the last few elections (except the 2012 election), it’s been consistent: act like a Democrat and you are going to lose.

    The Republican leadership is mostly acting like idiots. They ignore their constituents and reach out to people who won’t vote for them, they
    ignore obvious lawbreaking in the last election, and so on.

    A second problem with most “conservatives” is that they have insulated themselves from their constituents. It was refreshing that Romney actually had a physical address to send letters to.

    Try contacting Sarah Palin’s office. Good luck unless you are media or a rich donor. The same with most other Republicans except Romney. The same with talk show hosts. For example, I’ve tried to send books to conservative talk show hosts, but with no physical address, it can’t be done. Nor will they even bother to answer if asked for one to send a book.

    When I take the time to send a letter to my local Republican House of
    Representative member, Greg Walden, I don’t even get a form letter in
    return. Not even when I mentioned in a letter that I’d been turned down
    for more than 1500 jobs because I was white and male, using my own
    experience to call out Obama’s executive order that will make agencies
    essentially white-male-free.

    Both the politicos and the radio pundits ignore their listeners and
    supporters and it’s a foolish policy. What happens during those frequent
    times when something really important comes up, but they can’t be
    contacted? They find out the story much later. It’s happened frequently.

    For example, when I wrote up an Op-Ed about the muslim brotherhood at
    the start of the Arab “Spring” it was ignored. WND would have been
    several months ahead of the curve if they’d published it. WND and other
    newspapers used to publish my Op-eds, then quit without notice. There
    was no logical reason for it, but it’s part of the new censorship, and
    Republicans are leading the way.

    Since republicans in office are now acting like Democrats, it really
    is time to start a new party, before next year’s elections.”