Monday, March 19, 2012

This Is A Political Civil War––Anyway You Slice it!

Governor Sarah Palin, Speaker Newt Gingrich and many Tea Party members are of the belief that a protracted GOP Presidential primary is a good vetting exercise, and that such an exercise only strengthens whoever the potential GOP nominee will be for the Fall.  

But that does not seem to be how long-time establishment Republicans, such as former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and D.C. pundit, Karl Rove view it. Both men recently took to the national news shows to voice their opposition to the negative tone and long, drawn out battle of this year's Republican primary. 

So... which side is right? Would Barbour, Rove and company rather wait until the Fall and allow President Obama's savvy opposition research team to present to the general public all the background information that is currently bombarding the airwaves on Mitt, Newt, Rick or Ron (whichever should win the nomination)?

Or is Sarah Palin's position the right one: encouraging the fight to continue so that all the voters in all the States get an opportunity to participate in this democratic process? 

For the record... both sides have merit in their arguments. 

But, as I see it, there is a bigger tussle going on as well... a fight for the soul and direction of the Republican Party and which of these sides will be in charge going forward.  And that battle doesn't appear as if it is going to be over anytime soon!

The GOP battle lines that are being drawn are clear to me: they are between rich, money-having, elite Republicans––that Romney represents... versus the working class, poor, grassroots Republicans––that Palin/Gingrich relate more to.

If the rich Republicans can shut down the "negative" primary wars at this juncture, then their candidate, Mitt Romney, moonwalks to the nomination.  

But... if the poor/regular Republicans can hang on and allow the primary process to continue through the Convention in Florida, there is a big chance that they will have a majority at the table and can force a brokered convention––which will open the door for a conservative-favorite such as Palin or another Tea Party candidate to be victorious.

Rich/poor... elite/grassroots... This is a political civil war anyway to slice it!!

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I'm an unashamed conservative: GOP since '72. Born again Christian. Married to Rev. Chester Berryhill, Jr. This blog affords me an opportunity to share my political and social views with those who are broad thinkers, open-minded and aren't afraid to think out-of-the-box.