How far they have fallen

The GOP base is furious and party leaders still don’t get it:

The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors’ rebellion over President Bush’s immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, The Washington Times has learned.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent falloff in small-donor contributions and aging phone-bank equipment that the RNC said would cost too much to update, Anne Hathaway, the committee’s chief of staff, summoned the solicitations staff and told them they were out of work, effective immediately, fired staff members told The Times.
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“Every donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue,” said a fired phone bank employee who said the severance pay the RNC agreed to pay him was contingent on his not criticizing the national committee.

I personally believe the issue is incredibly overblown, but the GOP has a base to listen to and they are ignoring it.

H/T: The Corner @ NRO

16 comments

  1. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    Check out the latest Rasmussen poll,

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/current_events/immigration_reform_securing_the_border_is_priority_for_68.

    81% of Republicans want the border secured before any worker programs are instituted. No more sham, smoke and mirror lies about securing the border, we want the real deal.

    Speaking for me, I no longer trust the federal government to do the job as long as Bush is running the show. It will take someone who is dedicated to securing the border and who is honest with us before it will happen.

  2. IndyInjun says:

    In October 2002, or thereabouts, I concluded that Bush was going to be the most disastrous POTUS of all time. He started talking about invading Iraq, using a rationale that fit Pakistan, who was somehow made an ally worthy of $1 billion in aid. He fired good conservative Republicans like Paul O’Neill and Lawrence Summers for telling the truth.

    I started speaking out and writing these things and was pounced upon and , of course, branded a Democrat, despite my record of contributing fairly heavily to GOP and its candidates, giving nothing but grief to the Dems, and standing up for GOP PRINCIPLES.

    Since 2002, the list of GOOD REPUBLICANS fired, scapegoated, discredited, or demoted has grown longer than my arm. The Inspector Generals started universally objecting to stonewalling and cover ups of fraud and corruption throughout the US government. Now that they are set loose, expect a flood of ruinous revelations about the looting that has occurred.

    The Iraq fiasco speaks for itself and to this moment the GOPers saying that we must prevail cannot state how they plan to PAY for this war or MAN it. During the Korean war a surtax was passed to fund the war and in times past the draft manned wars so that when America went to war, the sons of many were at risk.

    Over time such conservative luminaries as Pat Buchanan, William F. Buckley, George Will Arnaud de Borchgrave and others have come to blast Bush. About 2 months ago Buckley wrote that the GOP might not survive the Bush 2nd term and Will said as much during a Sunday talk show.

    This week Laura Ingraham unloaded on Bush

    http://hotair.com/archives/2007/05/30/audio-laura-ingraham-unleashes-on-the-amnesty-bill/

    and Peggy Noonan blasted him too.

    Not only has Bush jumped on the wrong side of we conservatives and assaulted us on this amnesty issue, he has made a FAR more serious error. NOW he has given the heretofore blind, pathologically- partisan GOP supporters REASON to reevaluate their defenses of him over the war, corruption, Katrina, Medicare D, doubling the debt, turning the Justice Department into a rat’s nest of hacks destroying the U.S. Constitution, Harriet Miers, the Dubai Ports deal and a lot more. The viciousness with which some have turned on him is quite astounding.

    Ms Noonan senses the coming electoral disaster for the GOP and the necessity of reform when she wrote: “Now conservatives and Republicans are going to have to win back their party. They are going to have to break from those who have already broken from them. This will require courage, serious thinking and an ability to do what psychologists used to call letting go. This will be painful, but it’s time. It’s more than time.”

    Nearly 5 years ago, I predicted we would be at this point. The disaster that is the Bush administration is being laid bare for all to see.

    We conservatives must purge the sell-outs who blindly went along for the sake of power and at the sacrifice of principle. If you GOP partisans STILL cannot bring yourselves to dump imposters like Saxby and Johnny, we independents stand ready to finish you as a national party.

    Carter was right, he is now in a tie for worst POTUS of our lifetimes, but Bush has another 18 months and the revelations are cascading upon him and those loyal to him like sledgehammer blows.

    To conclude Noonan also wrote: “at this point in history we don’t need hacks.”

    That is what the conservative base just told the national GOP.

    Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels and the biggest scoundrel of them all is George W. Bush.

  3. Right on, IndyInjun.

    Some folks have recently started calling Bush a neoliberal. I couldn’t agree more.

    The Laura Ingraham critique was absolutely correct and scathing. And Peggy Noonan absolutely right: We haven’t left Bush, he has left us.

    It’s time for non-corporatists to re-take control of the GOP — or form their own party. Almost every bad decision comes down to Bush and the sellouts in the GOP bowing down to their corporate masters. Illegal immigration ensures cheap labor for corporations. Dubai Ports? Hey, they’ll sell anything for a buck. The Medi-scare bill? A big wet kiss for big pharma. Gross amounts of earmarks? Hey, that’s a good way to reward campaign financers with lucrative contracts. The outsourcing of good jobs to China and India? Hey, it’s unstoppable! Besides, Dubya’s economic advisor said it was good for America when we send high-paying jobs overseas. Of course, it’s great for those big-money donors!

    We, the voters, are just nuisances. Like mosquitoes that can be swatted out of the air when we start buzzing.

    I have had it. As much as I despised Clinton, I now despise Bush more. I hate to agree with the liberals now when they claim that Bush has to be one of the dumbest people on the face of the earth. Just like the character in Quiz Show, he has stood on the shoulders of others to get where he is. And now his betrayal is exposed for all to see.

    Keep in mind that there are 12 million illegals here. Bush has investigated or raided almost NO businesses — even the ones that were most egregious in hiring illegals. And we are getting about a million each year coming into the country now. So Bush has indirectly caused/allowed as much as half of the illegals in the country today. This falls on HIS shoulders and on the shoulders of ALL politicians who have stood by and let the incurious moron run our great country into the ground.

    Next year, we need to elect a president who will simply enforce the laws on the books. Make a few CEO’s do the perp walk for hiring illegals and this problem will be squelched almost immediately. Elect another low-brow like Bush and we’ll have another 10 million additional illegals by 2016.

  4. One more thing: This surprised me, but it looks like a lot of the nutroots are also worked up over the illegal immigration issue. If they would start calling their elected Democratic amnesty-philes, maybe we could kill this legislative trainwreck.

    Check out the comments on these two articles at HuffPo:

    http://www.peachpundit.com/2007/06/01/how-far-they-have-fallen/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-jacobs/arianna-is-an-immigrant-_b_50095.html?p=2#commentTop

  5. IndyInjun says:

    Rightie On!

    I never had any doubt that we would come to this point, but wish that it had not taken 5 years for others to wake up. In 2004 I was virtually pleading with folks to vote against Bush telling them that the US might not stand another 4 years of the lunacy.

    The worst vote I ever cast was for this man in 2000.

    As noted in my first posting, the revelations are coming fast and hard, so that the most partisan backers of Bush will come to realize just how much damage he has done to us all. In other words, I see a backlash against he and his cronies so great that IF he manages to escape impeachment before his term is up, he won’t be able to show his face in public afterward.

    Here at PP entirely too many of the partisans remain in denial, especially about the role of the Georgia GOP delegation, save the late Charlie Norwood, in scuttling conservative principles on behalf of the WORST POTUS IN US HISTORY.

    As for the fundraisers, every time I get a GOP solicitation, I sent the envelope back with a very blunt reply. Maybe next they will shut down their mail operation too.

    I suggest sending them pesos.

  6. IndyInjun says:

    9 of the 10 GOP presidential candidates still cannot break from the brain-dead positions of the last 6 years and Thompson is no better.

    Instead they heap abuse on the one man standing for conservative principles, Ron Paul.

    The GOP and its partisans have done more to destroy the greatest nation on earth in the last 6 years than the Dems did in the last 60.

    By fall, Dr. Paul will look brilliant, while the others will be credited for getting several hundred more US troops killed for NOTHING with their blind adherance to a failed “stay the course” policy.

    Send Pesos to the RNC and send $$$$$$ to Ron Paul.

  7. Rick Day says:

    It has been interesting the last 5 years to observe the ebb and tide of GA politics.

    Litmus test: comparing Shrub to Carter, and the negative impact of their presidency on the country, who would get the most votes from Republicans these days?

    Form another party? pfft…absorb and FIX the Libertarian party. Kick out the kooks (anachists and Birchers) and offer a rational, repeat RATIONAL alternative to the current war on some drugs ™, and you refresh and reinforce your eroded base with fresh young conservatives.

    Thats a freebie, from ole Rickus…

  8. Doug Deal says:

    Rick, the Republican party prefers to work on the premise of “who else are they going to vote for” for various forms of conservatives. I imagine, in the near future, they are going to find out.

    If it were not for the Liberal propensity of appointing badly flawed judges, I would hope for a complete top to bottom Republican trouncing at the poles and hope that it leads to some form of realignment.

    Bush really is one of the worst presidents we have had. I have been screaming that back early in his presidency, and finally others from the right have come around. Having said that, sadly, Gore and Kerry would have been worse.

  9. IndyInjun says:

    Doug Deal –

    IF Gore or Kerry had a Dem Congress to go along with their presidency, I would agree. However, with the GOP holding Congress we would have gotten a lot more deliberation, scrutiny, and reluctance to follow the POTUS dictates.

    Having Congress and POTUS in Dem hands is hardly an exciting prospect.

    You hit the nail on the head about us being told by GOP leadership that “you have no place esle to go” Those exact words came from one of my GOP elected officials last fall. I promptly went on a very productive and satisfying rampage to see Max Burns defeated, based upon his betrayal of conservatism.

    GOP hack incumbents stand in our way of reasserting true conservatism and are the immediate threat to us. The Dems are what they are and we cannot change that party. The GOP is the immediate obstacle and we have to get them out before we have any chance whatsoever. They are occupiers of the conservative seats and we real conservtives must start our own insurgency to send them packing.

  10. Doug Deal says:

    Indy,

    That phrase must be taught in Republican “Leadership” schools these days. The followers of pretty much every darling of the RNC (see Specter) use it to describe their “outsider”conservative opponents’ supporters. (see Toomey)

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