You know guys… it’s late. Wild ideas sometimes come across my desk and hey — I’m just tossing this one out there:
My point here is:
1. The GOP seems kinda feckless.
2. Political parties ain’t beanbag.
3. The NRA offers great depth, if not breadth.
4. The threat of an under-bussing might get a bit of notice from the GOP elite, once Boehner’s tear tank runs low.
5. The NRA has succeeded by focusing on just the one amendment. However, the collapse of the other nine in the Bill of Rights is truly worrisome.
Oh — and you should probably add Robert Stacy McCain to your blog feed.
Now I’m not saying this is right or wrong. Not saying that this is a great idea… not saying it’s a bad idea… but does this sum up the mood of a combination of Tea Party, libertarian, Ron Paul supporters, constitutionalists, and 2nd Amendment folks out there?
Don’t tell me this sentiment isn’t out there. It is — and though perhaps a minority of Americans, it counts for a sizable plurality within the GOP core.
Cast the wide net — moderate Republicans, social conservatives, Tea Party conservatives, libertarians, Ron Paul supporters, constitutionalists, etc. and tell me something. Is there anything that binds this coalition together other than “we’re against that!” and little else? Or are the factions within the GOP so fractious, short-sighted, and perhaps dare I use the word capricious that a properly-led grassroots movement couldn’t build the Leave Me Alone Coalition and march it to victory?
If there’s a long pole to our big tent, it’s that right there. All we ask is to be left alone.
So is the Republican Party going to embrace that ideal as a party? Or not?
More importantly, are the personalities and power-grabbers within the party astute enough to quit kicking one another under the table and start kicking Democrats for a change? Tough to see during primary season… but let’s all be very honest — all parts of the Reagan coalition could use better optics nowadays, eh?