Snyder gets his man…reprise…
The state GOP elite marshaled its forces over the summer with the intention of protecting the Lt. Governor, and they succeeded. While the voting delegate count remained static, the outcome was reversed in comparison with the 2012 result that replaced Saul Anuzis in a conservative push that nearly unseated State Chair Bobby Schostak. A victory for the incumbent regime, or is it? With Common Core looming, and the the tie breaking vote on the Medicaid Expansion in Calley’s political resume’ , the conservative wing of the party may not be finished yet. There is still the November election.
The nomination of Wes Nakagiri was not just a symbolic gesture on the part of conservatives in the Republican party, it was a message to the established leadership that something has to change, and soon. The party has had four years to absorb the conservative message, and has chosen to reject it on a consistent basis. Rules changes for the nomination process were designed to discourage candidates from entering the political fray, not encourage them, and to further the debate. Nakagiri overcame all of them but in the end, the packing of the delegate convention with establishment types; including Lansing staffers; preserved the big government, “little tent” leadership. The decision, and effort, to exclude the conservative base from the party conversation has never been more obvious.
Tactics used in the August primary speak to the contempt the majority has for any true conservative input. Openly inviting Democrats to vote for Republican candidates simply makes the GOP a junior chapter of the Democrat party. This fact obviously escapes the party leadership, and leaves conservatives no place to go in November. Yet in the 2012 Presidential election, the place to go for the party’s conservative base was home, where they stayed instead of going to the polls. The Romney/Ryan ticket’s disdain for the Ron Paul types, and others, cost them the four million votes they lost by. Evidently, that message also failed to sink in. This November, the message may be the same for Governor Snyder, and others.
Rumblings about a 3rd party ticket are no longer a faint noise in the background. Hillary in 2016 looms, and Harry Reid still has a stranglehold on any progress toward undoing the economic and foreign policy damage inflicted upon the country by the Pelosi/Reid/Obama regime of the past 10 years. Calls for “unity” within a party that treats 35% of its base as ‘extremists’ ring hollow here, and across the country. Compromise with the progressive left is no longer an option if we are to address the critical problems we now face. True leadership and decisive action are what is required, and we find ourselves with neither. Nothing changes if nothing changes.