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George Will declares: There is no Republican ‘establishment’

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

As the conservative movement has ascended, some see new tensions between conservatives and the more moderate Republican “establishment.” But that’s no longer the case, says Washington Post columnist George Will — because Republican establishment doesn’t exist.

On Sunday’s online “Green Room” segment of ABC’s “This Week,” Will said the “establishment” of the Republican Party died nearly 50 years ago. (RELATED: Bachmann takes Sunday show victory lap after Ames Straw Poll win)

“Amy [Walter] used the ‘e’ word that I would like to ban from public discourse: ‘establishment,’” Will said. “There is no Republican establishment. In 1966 its house organ — the Republican establishment’s – the New York Herald-Tribune died. The establishment itself died two years earlier in Cow Palace in San Francisco with the nomination of Barry Goldwater.”

Will’s co-panelist, syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, suggested the modern version of the Republican establishment could be defined as the Bush family. But she added that this definition of the Republican establishment was also weakened when the GOP lined up behind Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Texas gubernatorial race against incumbent Rick Perry.

And Ingraham explained that the “establishment” has deteriorated as conservatives have found other vehicles for getting their messages across.

“I think the establishment has been in the wrong since the Internet recently, and since talk radio, the Internet and Fox News — sorry — everything else that’s out there bubbling around,” Ingraham said. “I think it’s been difficult for that kind of party line.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SEWDO7W3OBQTYJSL3CSTUGP5KI bill

    Im waiting for Bachman to turn the economy around in 90 days.,and return gas prices to $2/gallon.Tell us more Michelle.I dont hear any repubs talking about the good ole days of Reagan
    bush,or son of a bush.Its a long way until next November and Bachmann and perry will have  many chances to say the wrong thing.Ill be listening.

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  • http://www.coloradopeakpolitics.com/user/Bruce%20In%20Denver Bruce Baker

    In Colorado in the last gubernatorial race, the annointed golden boy of the Republican party was about 2 weeks from the primary when allegations of plagiarism torpedoed his campaign. There was another candidate ready to step up, but he was having problems with campaign finance issues. Tom Tancredo, a true conservative and a patriot, threatened to run on a 3rd party ticket if no GOP candidate showed poll numbers good enough to beat Hickenlooper, the very Progressive Democrat running. No candidate had numbers that good, so Tom made good on his promise. As the campaign progressed, it became clearer and clearer that the GOP candidate was in a mess, and coluld not possibly win. He did not withdraw, and the GOP was dogged in their support of him, and absolutely refused to switch support to Tom Tancredo. As a result, Colorado now has a Progressive governor. We might have lost anyway, with GOP supporting the true conservative in the race, because Colorado has plenty of Liberal enclaves, but at least we’d have had a fighting chance. I’ll not support another mainstream Republican candidate in Colorado if I can possibly help it. That, to me, is a shame, because I consider defeating Progressives as a Holy Quest.

    The GOP needs to become the party of principle over personality to win back my loyalty.