Mr. Deace must have been going back & reading my TH comments since before 2008. I've always said this persistent establishment disdain for small-gov conservatism is rooted in statism and being part of the same political class as the Dems, not any grand strategy for winning. (If it IS supposed to be a plan for winning, why doesn't it?)
The establishment Republicans buy in to the same kleptocratic statist paradigm as the Demmies. They want to win, or at least do tolerably well, at the Demmie machine's game of kleptocracy. They see nothing wrong with it & in any case "pragmatically" declare it is here to stay regardless & it's futile to attack it.