Somewhat quietly, though not without some water-cooler discussion, the Republican Party Leadership is warning membership to stay away from the upcoming Cleveland Ohio convention.
The media is describing the issue as centering around those elected politicians who may want to avoid the potential for divisive controversy. However, if you look at the actual landscape, and then look at the political ideology of those who are openly saying they are staying away, what you’ll notice is the RINO caucus, the ‘Decepticons’, are the most cautious.
If you spend some time digging through the professional GOPe messaging, what you’ll note is the party leadership seems fully aware something very dangerous might just come to fruition. Not dangerous in a violent way per se’, but rather dangerous in a very political and contentious way; there’s very good reason for this.
Those who are professionally republican, the party insiders and those from Wall Street to K-Street who fund their legislative outcomes, the collective “establishment” – have manipulated a very large swath of the conservatively-minded electoral base. There’s going to be busloads of “grassroots” types, currently being used to do the party bidding, who are going to wake up and realize they’ve been played.
Most of those being hoodwinked are Ted Cruz ideologues. Rigid supporters who are blinded by very intense and narrow litmus test interests; and they have no idea their puritan intensity is being used against them.
The manipulation of the extremists is most notable when you consider the most rabid modern Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) are now Cruz supporters. The most religious ideologues, and strongest right-to-life anti-abortion activists, are embedded in the delegate selections of Senator Cruz.
These Cruz activists (many now delegates) are the “crazies”, “whackobirds” and “wing-nuts” the political ‘McCain-Ayotte-Graham-Cornyn-McConnell-Ryan-Flake-Rubio’ types have disregarded in almost all prior recent political issue discussions.
It is important to be clear on the segment of the population being discussed here. This narrow group (perhaps 10-15% of the overall conservative population) places Abortion, Guns, Religion (in that order) as their primary motivational drivers. Fiscal issues, trade, jobs, economy et al, place a distant second.
You might say this group is the personification of the “real bitter-clingers” when candidate Obama was poking at them in ’08. Zealots, rigid ideologues.
The center-right populous has always defended this smaller rigid sub-set because those activists have generally received a bad reputation. The progressive left likes to paint all republicans with the broad brush dipped in the wing-nut paint. The knee-jerk response from the larger center-right group is to defend their smaller, more intense, affiliate.
However, candidate Cruz saw this intense 10-15% as the iron wedge to his own electoral road-map. As soon as he took office in January ’13 Cruz pandered to them, praised them, soothed them, and as a direct consequence they have aligned loyally with him.
When Senator Cruz is introduced at a rally by a guy proclaiming all gays should be put to death, the Cruz coalition sees no issue with it – because they essentially agree with it. They do not have the desire, nor the capacity, to accept these extremist views are so far away from ordinary Americans. They honestly and genuinely believe Senator Cruz can become President Cruz if he openly promised to kill all the gays.
They believe this with all their heart. Most are now Cruz delegates.
Most Americans abhor the issue of abortion. Most Americans dislike the entire concept of abortion, and almost all Americans view abortion used as contraception as completely wrong and disgusting. However, most Americans are also uncomfortable discussing the topic outside their immediate family or close social circle. It’s a social issue riddled with unease and discomfort. That’s the majority.
On the far fringes of the issue, many Cruz-type abortion activists have no issue seeing abortion clinics fire-bombed, and take the most extremist view on the elimination of it. When candidate Cruz says: “no exceptions – even if the mother has to die, so be it”, the ideologues cheer and adore him as ‘principled’.
They believe this with all their heart. Many are now Cruz delegates.
Now, before you think I’m being unfair with the characterizations – go look for yourself at the social media of these people (facebook accounts for Cruz and twitter are a good place to start). I’m not describing the “average Cruz supporter/voter”, I’m specifically talking about the Cruz “delegates“.
It takes an entirely different level of commitment (time, money, investment) to go from being a ‘Cruz supporter’, to being a ‘Cruz delegate’. Within the difference you’ll notice those defined as delegates are much, much further into the land of rigid social issue ideology. In short, they are the extremist 10% within the far-right 10%.
Here’s the bigger problem – The republican party apparatus (and I do mean all of it), in order to stop Donald Trump from winning the nomination, have chosen to leverage the Cruz ideologues to maximize the strategy of beneficial delegate fracturing.
The republican party leadership is using the elements within the party they despise, the whack-o-birds, to rid themselves of the risk presented by candidate Donald Trump – who they cannot control for their own legislative agenda.
In essence, the party itself has surrounded the most politically explosive danger with volatile fuel brought by the Cruz delegations. Senator Ted Cruz, the Bush-aligned party insider, is fully aware of what the party leadership is doing; it appears he’s enjoying a role he’s dreamed of his entire life.
The entire republican apparatus has to treat Cruz as the magnanimous, awe-inspiring savior of all things republican, in order to defeat Donald Trump. Cruz is relishing this role.
However, those who really control the legislative agenda are intensely smart. We’ve pointed out repeatedly how Wall Street positions to control all outcomes, and they don’t give a hoot about the downstream consequences. Wall Street cares about controlling the legislative agenda, that’s what matters – that’s all that matters.
The DC-based party leadership knows this [Wall Street (globalist) -vs- Modern SJW’s Cruz Support] is going to end badly – very badly. That is why the GOPe are warning the RINO caucus to stay away from Cleveland allowing the wing-nuts to self destruct on CNN nightly.
Take a look at the voices staying away: Jeb Bush, Kelly Ayotte, Richard Burr, Mick Mulvaney, et al. These are the usurpers within the UniParty machine.
[…] Quietly, some officials in the highest rungs of Republican leadership are advising their rank-and-file members to stay away from Cleveland. One top GOP party leader, who asked not to be named so they could discuss internal thinking, told CNN privately that he has advised his colleagues to hold campaign rallies and town halls in their home states during the time of the July convention. A senior Senate GOP leadership aide echoed that sentiment. (more)
The explosion will not come from the candidate, it will come from the rebuke of the policy demanded of the candidate – just watch. Do you really think the professionally republican give a rat’s ass about:
• Abortion • Gun Rights, or • Religion?
Of course they don’t. The professionally republican care about MONEY. Money is derived from legislative policy not social issues. Social issues are used by the professionally republican to make ¹sheep ²push lever and ³get pellet, that’s it. Wash – Rinse – Repeat.
In order to retain the legislative priorities the professional republican want: ♦ No limits or controls on campaign finance. ♦ Open borders to include comprehensive immigration reform. ♦ The retention of ObamaCare ♦ Control over spending, and ♦ The Trans-Pacific Trade Deal.
Here’s representative Mick Mulvaney, one of those staying away from Cleveland, a “House Freedom Caucus Member”, explaining what’s important to the professionally republican types like: Speaker Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Trey Gowdy (please watch):
That moment when the wing-nuts realize their social justice issues are irrelevant to the professionally republican….