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Jeb Bush, John Boehner And The Anti-Reagan Republican Establishment

Speaker John Boehner Former Gov Jeb Bush


Ronald Reagan gained the Republican nomination for president, and eventually won the White House in 1980, by welding together all of the grassroots discontents with the Washington and Republican establishments and building what became known as the “three-legged stool” of the Reagan coalition; anti-communist national defense conservatives, fiscal conservatives and social conservatives.

The new Republican majority in Congress was forged by adding the limited government constitutional conservatives of the Tea Party movement to that three-legged stool. Practically every poll we see tells us that coalition represents a majority of the American electorate and should have been a solid and stable platform from which Republicans could govern for generations to come.

Except the leaders of the Republican establishment seem hell-bent on alienating enough elements of the coalition to reduce themselves to the same permanent minority status they held for most of the 50 years between the New Deal and the election of Reagan.

The viciously personal and bizarrely antagonistic attempts by the Republican congressional leadership to marginalize members of the House Republican Conference who do not hew to the Big Government – Big Business agenda of Speaker Boehner and his inside circle have been well-documented here and elsewhere.

Previously, Boehner stripped liberty-minded Representatives, such as Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan, of their committee assignments and his leadership team went out their way to marginalize any member of the GOP conference who was not a team-player for Boehner’s Big Government surrender caucus.

But the unraveling of the Reagan and post-Reagan Republican coalitions have taken a new, and for the future of this country, worrying turn by two events that came to light this week.

The first was the revelation that Boehner’s former Chief of Staff, and closest political and personal confidant, Barry Jackson, is a principal in an operation that is funding attack ads against conservative members of the House Republican Conference, including Huelskamp, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

Setting aside the possibility that this represents an unlawful coordination of effort between the Speaker and an outside group to attack members of his own Conference, it demonstrates just how corrupt the House Republican leadership has become through the establishment of a revolving door between Capitol Hill Republican insiders and the big money interests who have spent billions backing the open borders policies that are destroying the American middle class.

However, as disgusting as this corruption is, the more immediate threat to the Reagan and post-Reagan Republican coalition comes from Jeb Bush, who is signaling that he is about to abandon social conservatives to support same-sex “marriage’ and other elements of the Democratic Party’s social and cultural agenda.

Bush’s presumptive campaign manager, David Kochel of Iowa, who had this to say about standing for traditional social mores and cultural values, “Frankly,” Kochel said on an Iowa television program, "the culture wars are kind of over, and Republicans largely lost."

This kind of thinking should not really surprise conservative observers, given, as McKay Coppins reported for BuzzFeed and our friend W. James Antle III dissected at some length in an article for The Week, “When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.”

Same-sex marriage, like immigration, observed Antle, is an issue where much of the Republican donor class would like the party to disregard the base. Many Republican consultants who get paid whether their clients win or lose feel the same way.

Mr. Kochel and his fellow consultants have apparently missed the recent pleadings in the Alabama same-sex marriage cases that are not only cultural in nature, but go to the very heart of the constitutional relationship between the federal government and the people and state governments that formed it.

Moreover, as Antle pointed out, “Republicans still oppose gay marriage by roughly the same margin the country as a whole did when even Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton concluded open support for same-sex nuptials was a net vote loser.”

Coming as they do in the same week that Speaker Boehner surrendered on funding Obama’s unconstitutional “executive amnesty” the revelations about Bush’s likely abandonment of the social conservative leg of the Reagan coalition, and the million-dollar attack by the Speaker’s best friend on the limited government constitutional conservative leg of the post-Reagan coalition, makes us wonder exactly who will be left to vote Republican when November 2016 actually rolls around?

Click here to read "Could Jeb Bush wind up supporting gay marriage?" by W. James Antle III

Click here to read “Jeb Bush, 2016’s Gay-Friendly Republican” by McKay Coppin


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I just read Richard Viguerie's post of primary replacing all the politicians who voted for the amnesty. Well, I think that the republican (now a colluding) party has become far too corrupted to return to its Republican Roots. They mouth the oath of office and immediately ignore that oath of office and the plank of the Republican Party to give the socialist/Marxist Party what it wants, by merely playacting at being "Republican". Their conceding to undermining the Constitution has reached a non returnable level of corruption. I will not enable the continuation of the "republican" farce. I want politicians who are citizens,honest, Constitutional, not greedy,career NWO building traitors.

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Citizens need to get out of the house and overwhelm all the local Republican orgs with overwhelming numbers.
Insert honest citizens in the primaries and then hope for the best in the general elections.

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