So Karl Rove has started some new group with his SuperPAC to help establishment GOP candidates in the primaries, and this has caused some controversy. The argument is we’re nominating too many extremists who are losing elections and we need squishy moderates to keep winning GOP seats in the Senate. To which I ask: Winning us seats to do what?
Here’s my biggest problem with moderates: I don’t get the point of them. It reminds me of an even dumber variation of the underwear gnomes:
Phase 1: Nominate moderates.
Phase 2: Win elections.
Phase 3: ??
I know for Karl Rove, Phase 2 is an end in itself because winning elections is how he makes his money, but what is the long term strategy with these moderates? Are they going to fundamentally transform things and take on entitlements? No, because that would rock the boat and harm future election prospects. Right now the country is a car speeding towards a cliff, and all the moderates are ever offering to do is ease up the gas a little. How is that useful? By helping moderates get elected, all we ever seem to achieve is to get some guy I don’t know or like a cushy, high-paying job. I’m supposed to be happy and go, “Yay! My team won!” over that?
I mean, I’m okay with moderates in states where conservatives have no chance as slowing down the Democrats is useful at times, but if the people trying to actually turn the tide are really unelectable, I’ll sign up with the “let it burn” crowd before I only support useless moderates. I want to tear down the bloated government we have, and we’ll get their quicker letting Democrats ruin things than we will with GOP moderates tweaking the status quo.