Gringrich and the Two Party Problem

Most know that I have the highest respect for Newt Gingrich.  In fact, if I had my way he would be President right now.  He is without a doubt a fellow Conservative Constitutionalist.  But I have a bone to pick with Newt.  Yesterday morning on C-Span, Newt reiterated the grand ole’ party’s new big tent strategy.  Specifically, he spoke about Republican Deidre Scozzafava in a special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district.

The issue is that Deidre makes most Democrats look conservative.  As Newt points out, she is an NRA member who has promised to vote against tax increases.  She has also promised to support John Boehner over Nancy Pelosi as House leader.  Phew, what a relief!

On the other hand, Deidre falls socially in line with John Kerry and Barack Obama, has ties to ACORN, and has been endorsed by the leftist Working Families Party.  She supports Obamacare and generally is similar in ideology to the Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins brand of the Republican Party.  In other words, she is a RINO.

So why would Newt support her over her conservative opponent Doug Hoffman?  Because Newt lives in a two party world.  In Newt’s world, it’s Republicans versus Democrats, not conservatives versus liberals.

You would think that as Newt recounted stories of Republican betrayal, he might begin to recognize a pattern.  He spoke about how he had raised a lot of money to get Arlen Specter re-elected, and then Specter switched parties.  Newt recognized that Democrats didn’t win in 2006 and 2008 on new ideas, Republicans were fired for not championing the conservative principles they were elected for.  Yet Newt still chooses to endorse the idea that you have to accept people who endorse infanticide, unconstitutional programs, and out of control spending as long as they have an (R) after their name.

This partisan understanding is how politics have been run for decades.  But what Newt and older Republicans don’t understand is that the up and coming generations identify themselves as conservative, liberal, progressive, moderate, centrist, constitutionalist, and socialist.  Most young voters identify with a party because it is closest to their unique ideology, or because it was the party of their parents.

Joe Lieberman should be a great lesson to conservatives.  Lieberman ran against a fellow Democrat and won because he represented the principles of the majority of people in Connecticut.  Because of it, he was able to keep Connecticut blue and keep Democrats in charge, but at the same time he was able to prevent the radical code pink wing of the party from claiming a major victory and setting the agenda.

Four years ago, I would not be writing this post.  We had seen Ross Perot rob Republicans twice in a row against Bill Clinton.  Most conservatives figured it would be better to have a liberal Republican in office than a liberal Democrat.  But when liberal Republicans began getting more liberal than Conservative Democrats, that theory went out the window. What we discovered was that the majority of conservatives could not vote for a pro-abortion, pro-big government, anti-constitution Republican.

When Republicans started acting like Democrats, conservative voters stopped voting.  When they moved the big tent to the left, it left the right out in the cold.  Newt thinks that conservatives will remain the minority so long as conservatives refuse to bite the bullet and vote for liberals with (R)’s after their name.  The fact is, as long as Republicans keep acting like Democrats, no one will be fooled by their party affiliation.


2 Responses to “Gringrich and the Two Party Problem”

  1. 1 gmeyers1944 October 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I agree with most of this idea except that I don’t think that the Republican Candidate would have won in Connecticut had Lieberman accepted his primary defeat.

  2. 2 ikefriday October 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Scozzafava stepped out of the race today, giving the conservative candidate the best shot for the win. This is a clear victory for the conservative branch of the Republican party and should serve as a rebuke to Washington Republicans who have become out of touch with their own party.

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