This is why I’m not happy with the Republican PartyJanuary 8, 2010
I’m not always happy with the party. I do like a lot of candidates in the party but this just annoys the hell out of me. Politico did a poll the other day that concluded that 64% of people see John McCain as the most influential person in the Republican party.
Sixty-four percent of the 2,276 adults surveyed nationwide said McCain is influential in steering the direction of the Republican Party, a 14-percentage-point edge over his closest rivals: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and radio host Rush Limbaugh, both of whom were rated as influential by 50 percent all of those polled.
Even among just the Republican polled, McCain ran away from the field, getting picked by 68 percent. Only former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was also picked as influential by at least 60 percent of Republicans.
Among just Republicans, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was selected as the third most influential, getting picked by 59 percent. Gingrich placed fourth with 57 percent, while Limbaugh and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tied for fifth with 56 percent.Only 31 percent of Republicans polled said Michael Steele, the party’s national chairman, is influential within the GOP.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is seen as influential to 48 percent of Republicans while House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio was selected by 42 percent.
This is really upsetting to me. The twice presidential loser, who’s thrown his vice-presidential candidate on the bus is not the voice of the Republican Party! He wasn’t the voice of the party when he was running for office. He wasn’t my first choice (Romney), he wasn’t my second choice (Thompson), he wasn’t even my third choice (Rudy). He was pretty much tied for last with Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee, and I think a lot of people shared my sentiment. We got pissed that McCain was the candidate and a lot of us knew we we’re going to get our assess kicked in 2008 and we did because Republicans had to compromise their principles and vote for a non-conservative. I’d like to take this moment and say that if Huckabee get’s the Republican nomination in 2012, I won’t vote for him.
The sad part is there really isn’t a voice of the Republican Party. Old Man Grumpypants McCain isn’t a voice I want, Romney has been slightly out of the light, Rush Limbaugh isn’t directly involved in the Republican Party. I like Rush, I listen to Rush but he hasn’t been a candidate and he’ll defend that he’s a conservative and some republicans aren’t conservative (like John McCain). And clearly Michael Steele can’t get his shit together. Steele’s ineptitude has to be a major reason why the Republican Party has had a voice. Gov. Palin has been too polarizing of a figure and it’s always on point (read: something of an idiot). Gingrich is too removed from the party to really have influence, even if there are those out there that still think Newt would make a good presidential candidate. Plus his character flaws are still something too big for me to over look.
So what are Republicans left with? Not much. If the RNC had a decent leader who knew what he was doing and people could give up on John McCain there might be a chance that a voice of the Republican party could emerge. Maybe Republican’s should look to some of our younger candidates. Especially a certain one from Wisconsin that wants to take out Dave Obey… and if he does, make him the party voice.