Michael Filozof asks a different question in his American Thinker article “Is the Republican Party Finished?”. He is not happy with the way the Republicans performed in this last Lame Duck session of Congress.
The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress proved one thing beyond a doubt: the Republican Party does not represent the interests of conservatives. Despite the midterm election tidal wave, in which the Republican Party gained 63 House seats (eclipsing its historic 1994 success against Clinton), congressional Republicans failed to leverage their victory into political clout and collapsed like a house of cards in the lame-duck session.
The last two weeks ought to sicken conservatives. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spectacularly failed to hold his caucus together to even delay ratification of New START until the 112th Congress is seated in January. Republican leftists Olympia Snowe and Lisa Murkowski sided with Democrats to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, forcing the gay agenda from the streets of San Francisco right into the U.S. Marine Corps. Congressional Republicans agreed to cut FICA taxes for Social Security (which is underfunded already) and expand the Democratic Party’s welfare state constituency by extending unemployment benefits — in exchange for maintaining current tax rates for a paltry two years. The deal will add billions to the deficit. Tea Party darling Scott Brown, mocked by Obama for driving a truck in his insurgent 2009 campaign in which he stole “Ted Kennedy’s seat” from the Democrats, voted for Obama’s agenda on all of these issues.
He goes on to give credit to the Democrats for ruthlessly standing by their beliefs and asks the question ” When’s the last time Republicans pursued their agenda so ruthlessly?”. He also has an opinion for why the Republicans behave the way they do.
The Republicans do not pursue their agenda ruthlessly because they do not have one — at least not a conservative one that differs substantially from the Democratic agenda. The capitulation to the lame-duck Democrats is merely the latest in a decades-long series of episodes in which Republicans have actively colluded with Democrats to push the left-wing agenda of the 1960s forward.
After a long list of damning evidence supporting his position, Filozof has some advice for conservative
Conservatives today are in essentially the same position that the radical left was in back in the sixties. Then, every institution in American society — the “Establishment” in sixties jargon — was socially and temperamentally conservative. The radicals found themselves with nowhere to go but the streets. Today’s “Establishment” is uniformly leftist, and conservatives are as unwelcome in the halls of power today as the radical left was 45 years ago. In order to move forward, conservatives are going to need to do what the left did in 1968: begin in the streets, capture a political party and convert it to its agenda, and follow-up in the courts when they lose elections.
Even more important, conservatives are going to have to learn to exploit national crises to advance their agenda. And surely these crises are coming — the national debt, currency valuation, inflation, Iranian nuclear weapons, illegal immigration, a day of reckoning in Afghanistan, and so on.
I think conservatives could do a lot worse than listening to the advice of Mr. Filozof.