With the Republican primaries having devolved to the Establishment’s preferred scenario, and all the Tea Party-favored candidates having been either eliminated or marginalized, some are beginning to ask an unavoidable question: Was the constitutionalist revival just a passing fancy with no staying power, or a conservative social club with no heart for a real fight? Is there even anyone left in the room to hear the question, or is the only reply one can hope for the echo of one’s own despondent voice filling the hollow chamber?
At this moment, when so much appears to have been lost, and so quickly, perhaps it’s time for some good news: There are still some genuine constitutionalist warriors out there, they are in the fight for the long haul, and they are prepared to do whatever it takes to win. You will meet a couple of them shortly.
First, the bad news, by way of an overview of the war so far: In early 2011, when the Republican nominating process was still in the speculative stages, many hoped that constitutional conservatism would continue its orderly and friendly takeover of the GOP. Tea Partiers were organized, they were motivated, and they were riding high on their extraordinary success in the 2010 elections, in which they, and they alone, saved the country—not to mention the Republican Establishment—from at least two more years of congressional wave-throughs for President Obama’s anti-American agenda.
A year later, however, the mood is quite different. And so are the results. The Establishment, having grudgingly accepted the mighty assist of the Tea Party in 2010, was determined to make sure the same “usurpation” of the GOP brand (as they saw it) would not happen again—and certainly not in the process of choosing the defining face of the party heading into a presidential campaign.
The struggle began in earnest immediately upon the swearing-in of the new Republican congress. The first half of 2011 featured a lot of Tea Party-baiting talk from the congressional leadership, but was much less heartening in terms of action. The votes did not match the rhetoric. The meek compromises being held up as victories smacked of business as usual. The photo-op rounds of golf with Obama, the pathetic whining about controlling only one half of one-third of the government, the debt ceiling debacle, and on and on—the overall effect was disheartening in the extreme to constitutionalists who had hoped to see immediate results from all of their hard work.
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