There’s not much I can add to Milton Wolf’s piece in the Washington Times. He makes many of the points we’ve been making here for months, if not years. He discusses the miserable track record of the GOP Establishment in picking quality candidates, and contrasts that with the demonstrable success Governor Palin has had, not only in picking winners, but in identifying and backing true conservative candidates against establishment choices when it counts. Here are a few excerpts:
Would you invest in a company with a string of failures as sweeping as the GOP establishment’s? Mitt Romney, John McCain and Bob Dole: All are products of the establishment, and all are failed candidates who opened the doors to the Obama and Clinton eras.
Even when establishment candidates do manage to win office — George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — it’s a stretch to call their presidencies successful. The only undeniably successful Republican president of the modern era — Ronald Reagan — reached the White House by overcoming the opposition of the GOP establishment. Now the Gipper is considered to be among the greatest presidents in American history…
The GOP establishment does not pick winners. Consider former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the establishment’s choice for senator. When primary voters chose Mr. Rubio instead, the contemptible Mr. Crist abandoned the party to run an independent campaign against Mr. Rubio and has now even become a registered Democrat. Never forget that this is the repugnant figure who the GOP insiders supported instead of Mr. Rubio.
Now Karl Rove — the consummate insider — has launched his so-called Conservative Victory Project to protect entrenched Republicans against future Marco Rubios. Imagine that: The man who pushed George W. Bush’s government explosion, including “no bureaucrat left behind” at the Department of Education, the largest expansion of Medicare in the history of the program and the TARP bank bailouts, now wants to choose your candidates…
By their own standards, the GOP establishment’s record of choosing candidates is a lesson in abject failure. They lose, and even when they win, we lose.
Compare that to Sarah Palin’s record of choosing candidates: Mr. Cruz, Mr. Lee, Mr. Paul and Mr. Rubio, as well as Patrick J. Toomey, Jeff Flake, Deb Fischer, Scott Walker and Nikki Haley. The list goes on. The former senator and incoming Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint says the former Alaska governor “has more influence in primaries than any other endorsement.” She’s loaded for bear…
It’s time to clean house.
We need more Ted Cruzes and Mike Lees, more Rand Pauls and Marco Rubios, and we can’t just sit around waiting for the GOP establishment to deliver. They haven’t, and they won’t. It’s time to take a page out of Sarah Palin’s playbook. It’s time to take on the establishment. For the sake of our party and the republic, it’s time to lock and load.
There’s a lot more to Wolfe’s piece and I recommend you go here and read the whole thing.