H/T Occidental Dissent.
Republican Leaders Worry Their Party Could Divide in Two
And yet, the heart of the matter extends beyond the GOP. My conversations this week with two Republican officials, along with a Democratic strategist’s timely memo, reflect a growing school of thought in Washington that social change and a disillusioned electorate threaten the entire two-party system.
Seem like a lot to swallow? Allow me to describe my last few days at work.
Between bites of an $18.95 SteakBurger at the Palm, one of Washington’s premier expense-account restaurants, Republican consultant Scott Reed summed up the state of politics and his beloved GOP. “The party,” he told me, “is irrelevant.”
He cited the familiar litany of problems: demographic change, poor candidates, ideological rigidity, deplorable approval ratings, and a rift between social and economic conservatives.
“It’s leading to some type of crash and reassessment and change,” said Reed, who ran Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign and remains an influential lobbyist and operative. “It can’t continue on this path.”
Sure, because a man who can afford $18.95 steakburgers with regularity and whose resume includes that oh-so-successful Bob Dole for President campaign in 1996 really has his fingers on the pulse of the country.
Another reason why this article is bullshit smoke blowing is because Reed is worried about Rand Paul mounting a third party run for President in 2016 and it leading to the death spiral of the Republican Party. On the other hand, I can’t afford $18.95 for a steakburger, I didn’t parlay leading a losing Presidential campaign into being an influential lobbyist and operative — But I’ve been telling you for free over the last few days on this blog why Rand Paul’s Presidential prospects are kaput. If anyone knows Scott Reid, have him log onto Countenance Blog and read this, this and this. And also have him realize that if Ron Paul, the more “purist” Paul, didn’t mount a third party run in 2008 or 2012, then why would the triangulating “pragmatic” Paul mount a third party run in 2016?
But don’t take my advice, because I obviously don’t know anything. All I do for a living is being a breakfast fry cook at a bar near my house because it’s either that or collecting unemployment on my way to out and outright destitution.