To quote one of our posts here on Red State, “the great moderate experiment in the Republican Party is over!” – Will someone please tell the moderate Republicans of the Republican Main Street Partnership!
In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected president. The great Reagan Revolution was born with the melding of conservatives, evangelical Christians, and the “Reagan Democrats”. In 1994, Newt Gingrich engineered the take over of the Congress by the Reagan Revolution conservatives.
The history of The Republican Main Street Partnership starts with:
The November 1994 mid-term elections were commonly referred to as the “Republican Revolution.” Given the great gains made by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, a group of moderate House Republicans began informal meetings to discuss ways to further a centrist, pragmatic Republican agenda — one that could accommodate bipartisan legislative results. At that time, there was great concern that a dramatic shift to the right was quickly approaching, given the new congressional leadership. The discussion group began to craft a moderate Republican agenda with a fiscally conservative background.
By their own mission statement, their goal was to stop the slide into conservatism. This group was formed as a result of conservatives winning the day. Their mission is to combat conservatism and be “centrist”.
They have spent their time engineering the ouster of conservatives from party leadership. They wanted to bring the Republican Party “back to the center”. Our Presidential candidate John McCain is one of the prominent members of the Republican Main Street Partnership.
The Republican Main Street Partnership was successful in bringing the Republican Party back to it moderate ways – and right back into the wilderness. The moderates have had their chance after winning control of the party back, now they need to be held accountable for what they did to the Party of Reagan. They have shown us how to lose elections – big time! I don’t like the model they have shown us. Now it is time to take the party back to conservatism. It is the only model that has won in 50 years!
I am tired of “Unifying”! Now, I want to win!