Over the last few weeks, we’ve been chronicling the Religious Right’s growing resentment toward the Republican establishment as it seeks a path back to electoral success that appears to be trying to push social conservatives aside.
The Family Research Council has been particularly vocal in its criticism of the Republican Party … and it continues to hammer away today in response to the news that the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate bid and might even be looking about for someone to challenge Pat Toomey’s Senate bid in Pennsylvania:
Considering his unpredictability on key party issues, the departure of Sen. Arlen Specter should have come as a relief to the Senate GOP. But now, less than a month later, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) seems to be hunting for the moderate’s replacement. Yesterday, the Committee finally found the centrist it was seeking, throwing its support behind Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R-Fla.) Senate candidacy minutes after it was announced.
While he continues to be popular among Floridians, Crist is known for bucking the conservative platform–even going so far as to hit the road with President Obama in support of his controversial stimulus package. Despite promises to the contrary, the National Republican Senatorial Committee jumped into the Florida primary and picked moderate Crist over other qualified candidates who have proven their conservative mettle through support for the core issues of life, marriage, faith, and family. There are even rumblings that the NRSC is looking for a candidate to challenge conservative Pat Toomey in his bid to take defector Specter’s seat.
Unfortunately, this is vintage GOP Establishment. For years, the Republican Party gravitated toward moderates over fidelity to the GOP’s core principles. It’s a longstanding pattern that I’ve seen up close. The Republican leadership in Washington appears to be on a path that will turn what could have been two or three terms in the minority into a lengthy sojourn in the political wilderness.
The sad thing about this is the assertion that the GOP does this sort of thing to the Right all the time … and yet the Right remains doggedly committed to the Republican Party nontheless.
Maybe it is time for the Right to start considering the possibility that this “longstanding pattern” exists in large part due to the fact that the “GOP Establishment” knows full well that, while the Right complains about it a lot, they never seem to actually do anything about it.
The GOP may very well spend two or three more terms wandering around in the political wilderness … and the Religious Right will still be following right along, complaining the whole time.