The Republicans lost the 2012 Presidential election possibly due to the attempted rule change, power grab away from hard working grass roots conservative delegates sent from each state and Romney being a moderate candidate certainly didn’t help. However, with the attempt by the Republican National Committee to change the rules on how delegates are picked for conventions over those currently selected probably ensured the defeat of Romney for President. Even though this attempted rule change was tabled; the damage was already done. This power grab to select their own delegates over those selected from each state put a stake in the heart of the Republican National Committee; possibly a fatal one.
After the election and when the votes were tallied Romney got a million or so votes less than McCain did in 2008. Romney’s rival (Obama) got a few million less votes as well; but for different reasons. Obama got fewer votes possibly because grass root conservatives fought hard against his socialist policies, spreading the word of his freedom killing, Job killing and spending binge plans.
Ever since the presidential election the Republican Party has tried to figure out what happened to them. They think they have figured it out in their “own mind”. Be more moderate, reach across the aisle to the Democrats and be more inclusive of Hispanic voters. Historically when the Republicans courted the Hispanic vote they got less in national Presidential elections. Is the national leadership of the Republican Party inept or just afraid that conservative principles are a thing of the past? They forget that it was grass root conservatives all across the country that propelled them back into power positions within congress, state houses and governorships in 2010.
The Republican National Committee is no friend of the Tea Party, 912 or any other grass root conservative group, but they will gladly accept their help take their money and snap up the credit when elections are won. What the Republican Party has said about grass root organizations in the past and ignoring them today they do so at their own political peril. When Governor Walker of Wisconsin repelled the recall vote in 2012 by the Unions the RNC and Karl Rove was quick to point out that it was them that saved Walker from losing his seat as governor.
Reagan once said he never left the Democrat Party the Party left him. Well, it clearly appears the same can be said for the Republican Party. Leaving their conservative grass root principles for more moderate pastures with wrong-headed plans on what they need to do to win elections in the future.
The question remains: Has the present Republican Party shot themselves in the foot for the last time or will grass root conservatives throughout the nation absorb the GOP all the way to national level or start a new party?