web analytics
May 24, 2015 / 6 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


GOP: Polls and the Hinge Points of History

There may no longer be a unifying “center” to hold the GOP together.
elephant in tree

We’ve been here before over the last half-century – dealing with the same party division – and the party has eventually rallied each time.  When the party rallies and gets the vote out nation-wide, it does so around more-conservative as opposed to less-conservative candidates.

But the stakes haven’t been this high for the future of republican government, and the condition of the national union in general, since 1860.  There is reason to be concerned that the GOP may not find a way, in the next several years, to rally around a unifying leadership or set of priorities.  For too many conservative, limited-government Republicans, it has begun to look like insanity, to keep voting for party-backed GOP candidates and hoping for a different result.

That doesn’t mean anyone is surging to the fore with an identifiable plan for forming another party or establishing unchallenged dominance with a “coup” in the GOP.  The GOP itself wasn’t born overnight – and the tugs of inertia, convention, and familiarity are very strong.

But there is an urgency I haven’t seen before to the push among limited-government voters for a correction of our national course.  Meanwhile, the knee-jerk antagonism toward those voters from party “moderates” is the most vituperative I have ever seen it.

From multiple perspectives, we are at a hinge-point of history today.  To assume away the options that seem unlikely would be to misread conditions and possibilities as profoundly as some of our forebears did in the decades before the two world wars.  The world may not be safe anymore for parties of “splittable differences” – four-plus years of Obama have transformed the global political landscape in that regard – and whether they have a plan for doing something about it or not, it’s very possible that poll respondents see that reality more clearly than the average pundit does.

There’s something big going on, something different from anything most of us can remember.  People aren’t lined up behind Charles Krauthammer agreeing that Ted Cruz did a stupid thing; a lot of very vocal people think Cruz did a smart thing.  A whole lot of people aren’t sure if he did something stupid or smart.  But they are sure there’s something big going on.

That certainty will outlast the resolution of the current crisis.  The Democrats are, willy-nilly, the party of the last century’s big-government status quo.  It’s the future of the GOP that depends on whether it can articulate and channel the voters’ growing anxiety about the “something big” that stalks us – or whether it dismisses the task in favor of splitting differences that hardly seem to matter anymore.  If it chooses the latter course, its days as a major party are numbered.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “GOP: Polls and the Hinge Points of History”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why not to spleet in two parties Republicans and Tea Party, it is better for democracy to have three parties, this will be a big change in US, with the two parties is a boring policy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, "spleet" to "split"

  3. Anonymous says:

    As Ronald Reagan once said "What we need are bold color differences and not pale pastels" when referring to what Republicans should be. I know that this is hard considering that the GOP has not only to combat the Democrats but also the slavish slobbering Azz-kissing Obama media. The GOP at this point should simply use whatever means available to highlight the failure of the Democrat policies especially in regard to Obama's keystone achievement the ACA (Obamacare) which is going to effectively destroy what's left of the U.S. economy. Let time and the continued disaster of this president and his party's policies do its job in subverting the U.S. economy and hope that the coming 2014 election cycle throws many of these left wing socialists out of office as well as many RINO's (Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell come to mind for example). Unfortunately there isn't much else we can do at this time till those elections come to pass unless there is a civil war to speed things up.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Tzipi Hotovely, new Deputy Foreign Minister.
Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’
Latest Indepth Stories
Harris-052215

We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.

Shalev and Rabbi Levinger

During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai

MK Moshe-Feiglin

20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse

Sprecher-052215

Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise

Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting

She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes

Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times

Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program

“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.

The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.

The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.

“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”

The gap isn’t between Israeli and American Jews-it’s between American Jews and the rest of the world

More Articles from J. E. Dyer
Steven Joel Sotloff as a hostage of ISIS, before his beheading.

In his travels as a journalist in the Islamic world, Sotloff never referred to his Jewishness.

ZIM Piraeus in happier days. (Image: ShipSpotting.com user b47b56)

ZIM Piraeus isn’t Israeli-owned or flagged, incidentally, it is Greek operated.

Obama is transparent, if you read his oracular signs with the right key.

ISIS has no intention of “marching on” Baghdad. The Sunni affiliates of ISIS are going to disrupt life there.

Oslo’s moment of unchallenged American supremacy and the illusion of unforced global stasis, passed.

Could the Obamas be any more “let ‘em eat cake”?

The Obama administration wants to take over the short-term financial services industry.

The topics are “The Reagan Strategy,” and the “Iran Time Bomb.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/j-e-dyer/gop-polls-and-the-hinge-points-of-history/2013/10/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: