The Battle For The Republican Party’s Soul

by Sal on September 9, 2009

in Election 2010,Politics

The perennial battle of those who consider themselves philosophical conservatives and those who consider themselves pragmatist conservatives has been heating up as of late.  Now, the Republican Party of Florida is effectively purging from its membership people who lean more Conservative or Libertarian.  The Florida GOP told several members of the Florida Liberty Caucus that they were suspended from the GOP, and could not hold elected office as members of the GOP from a period ranging from two to four years (several of the suspended people currently hold elected office), primarily for their criticisms of RINO Gov. Charlie Crist, in which the state chairman of the Florida Republican Liberty Caucus called Crist “pathetic and embarrassing” (which Crist is, by the way).  The Florida RLC has been very vocal and outspoken in its support for Crist challenger Marcus Rubio, who is vying for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez.

The GOP in Florida is shooting themselves in the foot.  The RLC has been instrumental in grassroots organization and helping the Republicans achieve majority status in Florida over the last 20 years.  Third Party’s are losing propositions, but if Republicans bar true conservatives from seeking elective office under the GOP banner, what are we to do as a movement?  This is so far an isolated incident in Florida, but it is a very dangerous precedent to set.

The party power apparatus is a very un-democratic system, as it is made up of appointees and members elected by current GOP committee members, and it is difficult to penetrate the GOP party establishment.  If Conservatives start to be shut out from the primaries, what is the recourse then?  One thing is for sure — if the GOP continues to try to court conservatives at election time, but treat them as unwanted children the rest of the time, the GOP will die a slow and painful death.  I am not advocating a third-party here, as it will almost certainly lead to electoral defeat, but the GOP needs to wake up before it’s too late.

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MAS1916 September 9, 2009 at 8:50 am

It is probably a little early to write off the GOP. True enough that the GOP must embrace its conservative roots, but that will become much easier with the Teleprompter in Chief starting to implode. The Leading Leftist should begin his demise this evening by trying the same tactics in his speech that have so far failed to generate any support for health care takeover. ( for a list of the top five tactics Obama will use, you can view: )

Should the Prez rely only on his persuasive ability and not on logic, economics and reason to develop some kind of health care bill that doesn’t destroy the industry, look for a GOP resurgence. Obama has turned into a real ally here! And nothing will work better than a victory over His health care takeover plan.


gopgal September 9, 2009 at 11:44 am

These people were removed because they were working to elect third party candidates. These people are not real Republicans. One of the people removed, Will Pitts, even sent out an email just before the election stating “For Liberty to Survive, Obama Must Win.” Getting rid of these people was necessary!


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