There are lots of reasons. But no one sums them up as well as John Hawkins. Hawkins says true conservatives don’t “trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.” And for good reason.
First, establishment Republicans (let’s call them ERs) have supreme confidence but without supreme competence. Example:
Karl Rove is a truly brilliant man and he’s done a great service for conservatism by raising so much money to help Republican candidates … but his strategic decision-making also turned Bush’s second term into a Hindenburg style disaster that the GOP hasn’t recovered from yet…
It’s fine to think you’re the smartest guy in the room, but if you can’t back it up, don’t expect everyone to ignore the dunce cap you’re wearing and pretend that you’re Einstein.
Second, ERs always prefer moderates to conservatives.
It backed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey, David Dewhurst over Ted Cruz, Bob Bennett over Mike Lee, Trey Grayson over Rand Paul and Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio. Our two top “leaders” in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn, both endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio, a guy who is now being touted as one of the frontrunners for the presidency in 2016.
Third, they continue to stick with the same failed leaders.
John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have been in charge in Congress since 2006. What do we have to show for their “leadership?” Three bad election cycles out of four. John Boehner seems to mean well, but neither he nor McConnell can message their way out of a wet paper bag.
Fourth, the ERs don’t produce the results conservatives expect.
With Obama in power, the Democrats slammed through Obamacare and are pushing for gay marriage and gun control. On the other hand, when Republicans were in power, they implemented Medicare Part D and wanted comprehensive immigration reform.
Finally, ERs don’t represent conservatives.
Conservatives knew Ronald Reagan was one of us and had our best interests at heart. The same can’t be said of Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Parker, John Boehner, David Frum, Mike Murphy, Steve Schmidt, Joe Scarborough, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, David Brooks, Megan McCain, Bob Dole, Chris Christie, Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush…
Their agenda is not our agenda, their goals are not our goals, and that means that ultimately, we can never trust them the way liberals can trust politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. At the end of the day, if you’re going to ask someone to act as your agent in a hostage negotiation, you have to be confident that he wants the hostage back with all his fingers and toes intact just as much as you do.
Thanks for that, Mr. Hawkins. ERs aren’t like us. We’re beginning to understand that.