It’s Time to Let the GOP Die

After watching the results of the recent special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, I came to a sobering conclusion: the Republican Party, as an institution, needs to die. I’ve listened to all of the spin: Conor Lamb ran as a Trump-friendly Democrat. The Democrats had a registration advantage. Rep. Tim Murphy had disgraced Republicans. This is all true. But a district that went Republicans by a margin of 20 points in the last two presidential elections doesn’t flip unless something drastic has changed.

Fact is, the Republicans put up a weak candidate with a deeply flawed campaign strategy. After having been given an historic opportunity to return America to its heritage with the election of Donald Trump, the GOP is (unsurprisingly) blowing it. Maybe they never really wanted it.

The problem is that many in the GOP are still rankled over Donald Trump’s election. To them, Trump is an interloper who is threatening to make winners of a GOP that wants very badly to lose. Yes, lose. Over the years, the party establishment constructed for itself a lovely little fiefdom in Washington, D.C. There, a tight-knit circle of interlocking institutions—congressional Republicans, think tanks, and well-connected lobbying firms—all further the interests of an entrenched business and donor community while supporting and empowering a handful of elected shills.

So long as these special interests are protected, the Republican Party will care little about furthering an agenda that actually protects America or Americans in the broad sense. Instead, the GOPe will gladly vote to lower taxes and continue supporting war fever under Trump, but they will not countenance tariffs or compromises on gun legislation . . . or even repealing Obamacare!

Who and What Trump Represents
Whatever your 
opinions may be of Trump’s personal habits or style, if left to his own devices on the issues—and with the open support of Republicans—this president potentially could build a lasting and winning political coalition.

And, of course, the GOP cannot have that! After all, Trump (like his voters) is deplorable. And, even worse, it turns out that he actually meant all the things he promised those icky hick-town voters! He didn’t get the memo that you are just supposed to promise them things and then turn your back on them once elected.

In spite of his being deplorable in the eyes of the Davoise, 63 million Americans voted for a real change agent in 2016. Donald Trump is a man who slaughtered every Republican and Democratic Party sacred cow. Trump wanted to lower taxes but increase tariffs to protect workers (whether or not this will work is a separate question). He favored paid-family leave, but he was ardently pro-life. Putting aside questions about his temperament and habits, it is clear that the president is far more representative of the current electorate’s views on the issues than any other mainstream politician of any party.

Yet all of Trump’s governing successes have failed to translate beyond his own political prosperity. In almost every special election since Trump became president, the GOP sought to distance itself from him and his record.

Even in Alabama, where the mainstream media continues to spin the narrative that Trump was the cause of the GOP loss, the Republican National Committee couldn’t get its act together. Alabama should have selected the great Mo Brooks as the Republican nominee to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate. But Mitch McConnell insisted on putting up the milquetoast Luther Strange as the party’s preferred nominee. Trump and the Republican establishment supported Strange far longer than they should have. Then the GOP abandoned the nominee, Roy Moore, in the general election the month before election day—depriving Moore of critical funds and support at a crucial moment in the campaign.

The Dismal Alternative
If not for Donald Trump, the country would have been faced with the painful choice of voting for either Jeb Bush or his female clone, Hillary Clinton, in 2016. Whatever stupid things Hillary may
have said about coal miners in West Virginia, the fact would have remained that she did not have the tarnished Bush name behind her. Given her performance in the popular vote, the tarnish on the Clinton name isn’t nearly as thick in the eyes of a majority of voters as we might like to think.

And let’s face it: Americans detest the Republican brand. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given the institutional biases arrayed against the Republican Party in the media, academia, pop culture, and government. After years of being called “racists” (or whatever smear the Left is currently favoring), the GOP seemed eventually to embrace this image of heartlessness, becoming a caricature of a Democrat’s talking point. This became all the more prevalent in the last two decades when Republicans began championing policies that have quantitatively harmed the American middle-class and sent our young people to fight and die in senseless wars abroad (some of which we remain mired today).

It isn’t just that the Republicans kept offering the wrong candidates or that some party leaders apparently believe that Gordon Gekko was the real hero of Wall Street. It’s that the Republican Party has never pushed back against the Left as hard as they have against their own party leader, Donald Trump.

What a New Party Should Be
The Republicans have been content to let 
demographics shift away from them for so long, that had it not been for the unorthodox Donald Trump, they would never have been able to form a winning political coalition again. Of course, that would have been fine with McConnell and the other Beltway Boys. They’d have kept their fiefdom in Washington. Should Republican leaders abandon Trump (as they are), and should Trump either be impeached (which, at this point, I suspect he will be since the GOP in Congress appears determined not to stand up for him) or lose reelection in 2020, the Republican Party will consign itself to oblivion.

Given the institutional inertia in the GOP—and the party establishment’s absolute disdain for their own voters—maybe it’s time to abandon it and leave it to its fate. That way, maybe, we can get a new party that is a party of the American Right, as opposed to a sop for Big Business.

No matter how much lipstick we keep slapping on the GOP pig, it gets fatter and more useless. Let it go. In fact, the base of the party should happily embrace this plan. The new right-wing party that emerges from the ashes of the GOP—call it the Liberal Party, since Democrats have wrongfully co-opted that word and we must take it back—will place nationalist-populism at its core and make its rallying cry, “America First, Always!” This new Liberal Party of right-wing patriots would also demand that its leaders always push back against the lies of the Left.

That would be a party I (and, I suspect, most Americans) could get behind.

About Brandon J. Weichert

Brandon J. Weichert is a geopolitical analyst who manages The Weichert Report. He is a contributing editor at American Greatness and a contributor at The American Spectator . His forthcoming book, Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower is due out from Republic Book Publishers in 2020. His writings on national security have appeared in Real Clear Politics and he has been featured on the BBC and CBS News. Follow him on Twitter at @WeTheBrandon.

Want news updates?

Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

28 responses to “It’s Time to Let the GOP Die

  • Americans might get behind such a party, but their “leaders” wouldn’t.

  • I agree completely. The repub brand is crap and can never be fixed. Sign me up to help. If it means a temporary takeover by Dems who are equally feckless in shooting off their own toes, so be it. In the next election, I will vote for trump. Repubs can go straight to HE double hockey sticks. I’ve had it.

  • It is already dead. It replacement is the white Christian Party.

    • White Christian Party? Why’s it gotta be white? A little racist aren’t you?

      • America is a white country. It was founded by whites for the betterment of whites to the exclusion of all others. Racist is a Jew created anti-white, anti-Christian slur used by Jews exclusively to malign and defame white Christians. Jews aren’t white, but you know that don’t you Jew??

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p26xGXbam_w

      • Bob, hate to tell you, but I am not Jewish. To tell you the truth, that entire statement you just posted is racist and anti-Semitic. You know you are wrong.
        I like your approach now let’s see your departure.

        TROLL!

  • Since the focus of this new party would be on Trumpian style reform we should call it the T-Party.

  • I love the satire. Saccone was a weak candidate to start and the only way Lamb could win was basically run as a Democrat. I say ‘win’ loosely because recount currently happening. Furthermore, votes for Saccone were switching to Lamb in one district and GOP observers were barred from monitoring results in another. So, Lamb spent five times the money as his weak opponent, ran on a Republican platform, had voting machines default to him and is leading by less than 500 votes? Hardly something to jump up and down about, especially when Democrats have no true message other than identifying as a Conservative. The only blue wave happening and will happen is in the ocean.

  • The republican should have won with ease. But they have guys like Flake Ryan McConnell I mean the rhino republicans though Jib Bush could win just think of the stupidity of that insane thinking. Sorry people but we are so screwed this November

  • Mr. Weichert;
    With your expertise working with the Republican Party, I’m amazed you really think the Party will simply die off!
    You must truly know it’s as tenacious as mold or mildew, and it’s way too lucrative an enterprise to let expire.

  • To the publishers of American Greatness….

    Your site slows my computer down to a crawl….ads?

    I can barely read the article, let alone post anything……please fix this, as your articles are great.

  • I cannot see the R party dying. With the D party in such a disarray and it’s platform does not resonate with people, maybe the Democrat party should fold. Keep in mind that after Trump’s inauguration up to now, the special elections show, R: 9 wins, D: 2 winsI do agree that the GOPe has to go, but that will take the primaries in certain states to rid the likes of McConnell, Flake, Ryan, Etc. Here is Mississippi, Chris McDaniel dropped out of the race because of McConnell.

    Cleaning the swamp is going to take time.

  • A new party? It’s been tried repeatedly in the last 100 years or more. Never succeeded.

    Both parties have mutated, adding to themselves new ideas and new voter groups. Republicans added southern conservatives who helped them break the Dems’ lock on Congress. Democrats have added the upper crust aristos that used to be bulwark Republicans … and now are often seen as part of the ‘secret bureaucratic leadership’ of DC.

    Where Republicans failed wasn’t in electing Trump. It was, instead, when the new energy of the Tea Party was squandered as, in solid GOP areas, the outs tried to use the Tea Party mantra to oust the ins … who, in many cases, were doing a good job as solid conservatives. In Democrat leaning parts of the US (mostly old line blue collar communities btw) the Tea Party name boosted voter support for Republicans, creating exciting new leaders in place far from the country clubs. But these new people too often got side lined by entrenched old guard folks who couldn’t see the need for new ideas to nail down the newcomers’ support.

    A shame.

    • The GOP rejected the Tea Party and made every effort to destroy it. The GOP is Jeb Bush and Carl Rove, dead from the neck down.

  • The GOP has morphed into the FoxGOPutin/Murdock cult of alt facts. To be ended in November or Mueller time, which ever comes first.

    • You idiots on the left still harping about collusion that has been disproven? I figured some of you might be intelligent enough to let it go finally, but I guess not. So many of you spreading your tears of rage across the Internet still. I’m glad for it. Kind of missed the joy I felt at reading your tears. Keep it up please.

  • There is a deep fracture between the GOP leadership and the Party rank-and-file and this has been true for at least 50 years. The only reason the GOP have not experienced a complete disintegration is because the Democratic party positions simply hold no appeal for the GOP rank-and-file. This has kept the GOP alive, but not thriving. The obvious truth is that the GOP and Democratic leadership are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the donor class and, on so many issues, there is barely a tissue of difference between the two. Gore Vidal once referred to the differences between the two parties as the difference between Pepsi and Coke. It is, essentially, one party with two wings made up of Democrats and Republicans: The Uniparty.

    The Koch brothers are for unfettered immigration, therefore the GOP is for unfettered immigration. The national Chamber of Commerce is for ‘free trade’ therefore the GOP is for ‘free trade’. It simply does not matter to the GOP leadership what the rank-and-file wants or needs. This is why GOP candidates feel comfortable saying one thing and doing another. Until the Tea Party came along and ‘primaried’ GOP incumbents, no one, really, had done anything about this dynamic…until Donald J. Trump.

    The alliance of the donor class and the leadership of both parties have a single purpose: To eliminate democracy from decision-making. In this, both parties have assimilated to the ‘Progressive’ ideal of technocratic and elite rule. Candidate Trump’s ‘populist’ message — with its emphasis on immigration and trade — is not the position of these neo-Progressives on both sides of the aisle. Hence, President Trump (and the Deplorables) are confronted by resistance from virtually elite institution — including the Republican leadership — on what are, demonstrably popular positions and policies.

    There is this notion that ‘leadership’ entails taking ‘the masses’ where they do not wish to go, but need to go. This has been sometimes true, but the notion is being abused as a self-serving excuse for ‘leaders’ to simply do as they please. It has become a justification for tyranny and parts of both parties (for different reasons, of course) are not happy with this state of affairs.

    Both the Democratic and Republican parties are confronted with parts of their rank-and-file that are extremely disenchanted with their respective party leadership. To follow Vidal’s analogy, the question is whether either Party will adopt a ‘new formula’ that creates an enduring electoral majority or whether something else is going to happen. Whether that will be a new party or a revolution within one or more of the parties or some ‘black swan’ outcome remains to be seen. It’s also possible that the implacability of the elite will eventually exhaust the will of the electorate and things will go back to ‘business as usual’. But, if that turns out to be the case, I fear ‘the center cannot hold’ and the great experiment in popular sovereignty will have failed.

    • “The alliance of the donor class and the leadership of both parties have a single purpose: To eliminate democracy from decision-making. In this, both parties have assimilated to the ‘Progressive’ ideal of technocratic and elite rule.”

      That very accurately describes not only the government at almost all levels; it also describes our educational and corporate structures. This might not be so bad if they had not degenerated into a kakistocracy of the most inept and incompetent. There is almost no recognition of the real world in this mass of word worshiping fools. The bureaucrats rule through regulations built of reports, theories and statistical analysis, all designed to make what their bosses want happen, independent of facts, much less justice.

      It is a world ruled by lawyers where consequences depend upon who owns the judge and right now Obama seems to have the most judges.

  • Would it be more precise to observe that the GOP got itself headed down the wrong path when it voted out the Taft wing of the party and abandoned its roots as the party of AMERICAN industry becoming the party of “free trade” culminating in today’s huge trade deficits ? Pat Buchanan perhaps best represents the views of the old Taft Republicans . In many ways his policy views won in 2016. Yet, he is not welcome at NR and is seen as a fringe figure. He alone was sounding the alarm on the impact of mass immigration, and NAFTA. Maybe the GOP just needs to get back to its roots, if it’s not too late.

Comments are closed.