Conservative Republicans have suddenly discovered that while they weren’t looking the Rockefeller wing of the GOP they thought they’d crushed in the Goldwater and Reagan revolutions is still very much alive and powerful.
That has been never more evident than it is now in the White House campaign for an immigration reform bill that seems to elevate illegal immigration to the exalted status of a civil rights movement.
Conservatives are stunned when the see the president they have staunchly supported through thick and through thin not only surrender to the liberal internationalist crowd, but get out in front and lead them in what amounts to an assault on America’s national sovereignty.
Peggy Noonan was right on when she wrote last week in The Wall Street Journal that “… conservatives and Republicans must recognize … that the White House has broken with them.”
Moreover, Noonan recognizes that, as she wrote, “the people in the administration don't even much like the [conservative] base … This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.”
Bush supporters, she wrote, “have felt like sufferers of battered wife syndrome. You don't like endless gushing spending, the kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist, and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don't like expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war was wrong or is wrong? Too bad. But on immigration it has changed from ‘Too bad’ to ‘You're bad.’ “
Peggy, however, stops short of recognizing that the old Eastern internationalist wing of the GOP – run by the Rockefeller Republicans – is pretty much in charge of things. That’s not surprising. After all, The Wall Street Journal she writes for is the house organ of that wing of the GOP.
For more years than I care to remember, that bunch looked down their noses at the conservative base of the party and sneered that they had to obey their betters up their in the corporate suites and fall in line because they had no place else to go.
If you look carefully you’ll see that same old big-money Eastern fat-cat crowd that loves big government and bloated budgets and anything that makes life easier for multinational corporations – such as having a steady supply of imported coolie labor - maneuvering behind the scenes at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. just as they did when the Rockefeller wing was pretty much in charge of the GOP’s power centers.
The reason why this has been allowed to happen is the failure of conservative Republicans to stay in the ballgame once they’ve chosen a new manager. Once he’s in the dugout trying to run things they head for the showers instead of staying in the stands and cheering him on.