The GOP Establishment in Abject Panic: They Don’t Understand Their Own Base
Folks, the Republican establishment is in a full-blown panic. And I — and I’m not doing an I-told-you-so. This is a giant I-told-you-so. This is a reminder that I will illustrate. I told you this in almost the exact words you heard on television from Republican consultants and establishment people. I told you this was their fear back on November 10th of last year. They are in an out roar, a panic. They are secretly trying to get Mitch Daniels to get back in the race. There are entreaties being made to Bobby Jindal to get in the race. They are panicked. They are scared to death they’re going to lose the House and not win the Senate, and I told you on November 10th that’s their primary concern. That’s why they were apoplectic at Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle getting Tea Party nominations.
It’s about the Senate. It’s about being in charge of the money. It’s not about cutting spending. The Republican establishment is not signed on to the cutting spending business. People ask me, “What do you mean, who is this Republican establishment?” Two things. They don’t like conservatives and they’re not really all that concerned about spending. They want to be in charge of it. That’s who they are. And they are not gonna be in charge of it if they don’t hold the House and if they don’t pick up the Senate. And that’s what they really want. They’re not and never have been convinced that Obama can be beat.
Now, Newt has thrown this thing into a tizzy. They don’t know what to do. They wanted this wrapped up. They don’t understand why it happened. They’re blaming all the wrong people. They’re blaming their own voters. They’re blaming the media. They’re blaming stupidity on the part of the voters. They haven’t the slightest idea why this happened in South Carolina. It’s not too much democracy going on in their minds; they just don’t understand it. They don’t understand the base of their own party. They resent the base of their own party. They don’t understand the passion. I was telling Snerdley this morning, ’cause he came in here, gave me his theory, which I promptly shot down. His theory is that we all owe ABC this, ’cause if it weren’t for ABC and John King asking the questions, Newt woulda never been — and to a certain extent, that’s true. But why?