Virginia Betrayal: The Republicans’ False Claim of Party Unity

Yesterday I noted that it is time for conservatives to start planning the demise of the Republican Party and today, in Virginia, we get one more example of why this is a necessary action. We see it in what the GOP establishment did to Dave Brat, the man who beat Eric Cantor in this month’s primary, and it is a perfect example of how the GOP’s claim that party unity is important is simply a flat out lie.

Remember how this always works: When a conservative challenger loses a primary to an establishment Republican the GOP bigwigs run around urging the voters who voted against their establishment candidate to vote for their hack in the general. They say that conservatives must support their hack because of “party unity.”

These party hacks say that after a primary we must now patch up our differences and stand as one to defeat the Democrats and that our ideas will be incorporated with theirs in governance. We have to be one big happy family, they say.

Of course, it goes without saying that establishment hacks never give conservatives a say in governance unless conservatives win elections and force the issue. I suppose we might at least understand that to be “politics” as usual. As they say, “politics ain’t beanbag,” it is hardball. You win an election and you win the right to hold the rudder of the ship.

OK, we get that. As hard as it is to love, it at least makes sense.

But in Virginia we see that the GOP’s idea that party unity is a “must” is simply a lie. You see, if we lose we are supposed to swallow our pride, go along to get along, join the party hacks to work against the Democrats, support the GOP hack that won, and stand shoulder to shoulder with the winner.

But when the establishment loses, why all this party unity crap is thrown right out the window and the hacks begin to work against their own party’s primary winner.

Evidence Virginia where loser Eric Cantor’s disgruntled acolytes have now gone out of their way to defund Dave Brat’s election campaign by emptying the bank account for campaign funds in his district.

David Steinberg has the details at his Self-Evident blog post today.

What happened was that Cantor’s allies who sit on the 7th District GOP Committee just emptied the bank account the organization uses for election campaigning leaving nothing for Brat to use in his upcoming general election campaign.

Now, money is the mother’s milk of politics. Without money a candidate has an exponentially harder time winning an election. And in this case you can bet that the Democrats will spend big cash to try and defeat Brat in the general because *evil tea party* and all.

But here we have the same creeps the bleat “party unity” when their guy wins going behind the back of the nominee from their own party to bleed his war chest and help defeat him.

If the GOP was serious about all this “party unity” crap they carp on and on about, they wouldn’t have emptied this campaign fund after Brat won the primary. They’d be finding ways to fill it. And if Cantor had won they’d be doing just that.

Folks, there is no reason on earth why conservatives should help the Republican Party. The GOP hates conservatives more than they hate Democrats and this incident in Virginia is just one more example of that.

The GOP needs to be destroyed.

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  • Hank_M

    I’m seeing this sentiment more and more across the blogosphere.

    Even from Bill Jacobson at Legal Insurrection who wrote:
    “Funny thing is, I started out not caring at all about the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi. It was only when the National Republican Senatorial Committee started playing the race card against McDaniel in true leftist manner that I took note. Crushing the Tea Party was the goal of the Republican Party, even if it came at a “staggering price. Crushing supporters of expanding government and a system of pork barrel politics, not such a priority.

    So remind me again, why am I a Republican?

    Because it beats being a Democrat?”

    When the Repubs play the race card against their own party challengers, it’s past time to say goodbye.

  • JWH

    Hrm. Any idea how much the Democrats are spending on the race? Trammell got the Democratic nomination via conference call …

    • JWH

      A couple more thoughts:

      Eric Cantor’s district ought to be safe for any Republican who runs there. It’s been drawn so that it’s a lock for Republicans, with much of Richmond (Democratic-leaning territory) not in the district. Presumably, a potted geranium could win the race as long as he has an (R) after his name.

      That said … Brat’s not very experienced politically, so the district party ought to spend money to get out the vote for “Generic Republican,” and Cantor (or somebody) ought to put aside hurt feelings, give Brat a crash course in Politics 101, and organize enough fundraising to get Brat at least the skeleton of a campaign organization.

      Are they doing that?

  • Commander_Chico

    It’s very simple.

    Cantor was a member of the bipartisan War Party and the bipartisan Crony Capitalism Party, and Brat is not.

    Like Justin Amash, Brat is a threat to the cronies and the war and police-state system.

    The “Republican” and “Democratic” parties are just vague poses and costumes to be assumed to cover your real intentions.

    • Retired military

      And as long as the most liberal wins you could care less.

      • Commander_Chico

        Tell me who’s “most liberal” between Cantor and Brat.

        • Retired military

          Cantor, especially with his immigration stances.

  • GarandFan

    The GOP bigwigs need to be reminded that ‘what goes around, comes around’.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Think of it is two parties that are allied vs the third party (democrats). Yes, the GOP looks out for the GOP and only helps the Tea Party to the extent that helping the Tea Party helps the GOP. Even so, the Tea party isn’t close to a majority, even in the Tea Party/GOP alliance, let alone in either house.
    If you want the love and loyalty of the party apparatchik, take over the party.

  • Joseph Dooley

    Brownback, Kucinelli, etc.