Is a New GOP Being Born?

By Pat Buchanan

GOP Rebirth
Is a New GOP Being Born?
Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

USA –  -( The first four Republican contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — produced record turnouts.

While the prospect of routing Hillary Clinton and recapturing the White House brought out the true believers, it was Donald Trump's name on the ballot and his calls for economic patriotism, border security, and an end to imperial wars that brought out the throngs.

The crowds that continue to come out for his appearances and the vast audiences he has attracted to GOP debates testify to his drawing power.

Moreover, Trump has now been endorsed by Gov. Chris Christie, ex-chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the most respected conservatives on Capitol Hill.

Yet, with polls pointing to a possible Trump sweep on Super Tuesday, save Texas, his probable nomination, and a chance for the GOP to take it all in the fall, is causing some conservatives and Republicans to threaten to bolt, go third party, stay home, or even vote for Clinton.

They would prefer to lose to Clinton than win with Trump.

A conservative friend told this writer that Trump, unlike, say, Ted Cruz, has never shown an interest in the Supreme Court, which, with Justice Antonin Scalia's seat vacant, hangs in the balance.

Yet, surely, a President Trump, hearing the clamor of those who elected him to find a Scalia, would be responsive.

With President Clinton, the court is gone for a generation.

We hear wails that the nomination of Trump would mean the end of the conservative movement. But how so?

If Trump won and conducted a conservative government, it would validate the movement. If Trump won and turned left, it would inspire an insurgency like Ronald Reagan's in 1976, when the Ford-Rockefeller-Kissinger administration moved too far toward detente.

If Trump ran and lost, the conservative movement would have President Clinton to unite and rally the troops against.

One recalls Barry Goldwater's historic wipeout in 1964. But, in 1966, Republicans made the greatest gains in a generation, and went on to win the presidency for 20 of the next 24 years.

Undeniably, a Trump presidency would mean an end to the Bush and establishment policies on trade, immigration and intervention.

But those policies have already been repudiated in the primaries, as they have proven to be transparent failures for America.

As long ago as the early 1990s, populist conservatives were imploring George H. W. Bush to secure our Mexican border, as tens of thousands poured across in the San Diego-Tijuana corridor. Gov. Pete Wilson turned near-certain defeat into a stunning comeback victory in 1994 by promising to send the National Guard.

Why did the establishment not respond then to the electorate? Why, instead of trashing Wilson for imperiling future party prospects with Hispanics, did the establishment not do what the people had demanded and move decisively to secure our southern border?

What is conservative about uncontrolled borders?

Why, as trade deficits with China and the world rose from the tens of billions to hundreds of billions, did the establishment not wake up and see the shuttering factories, the lost jobs and the ghost towns arising across America — and react?

Could they not see that, as we celebrated globalization, Beijing and Tokyo were practicing ruthless mercantilism and protectionism?

At the end of the Cold War in 1991, many Americans urged that, with the Soviet Empire dissolved and Soviet Union disintegrating, it was time to bring our troops home and let the rich fat nations that had been freeloading for half a century provide the soldiers and pay the cost of their own security.

Instead, the establishment opted for empire, for expanding old alliances, dumping over regimes, crusading for democracy, sending our soldiers out to remake Third World countries in the image of Iowa and Vermont.

Who now thinks all these wars were worth the cost?

Whether Trump wins or loses the nomination, the immigration, trade and foreign policies pursued by the elites since the end of the Cold War are dead letters. The nation has declared them to be so in the primaries.

Who is campaigning, in either party today, for open borders, or passing The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or sending troops back to Iraq or into Syria?

The Bernie Sanders insurgency appears to have been turned back by the vested interests of his party. But like the George McGovern insurgency in '72, which also relied heavily upon the enthusiasm of the young, Sanders' socialism may be the ideological future of his party.

The same may be said of the Trump insurgency. Whatever happens at Cleveland, the returns from the primaries look like the passing of the old order, the death rattle of an establishment fighting for its life, and being laughed at and mocked as it goes down.

As in 1964 and 1980, a new Republican Party is taking shape.

Defections are to be expected, and not altogether unwelcome.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 17 thoughts on “Is a New GOP Being Born?

    1. The left has swung too far left. The Right is going too far right in retaliation. An action creates an equal and opposite reaction. If President Obama had not had such a popular and successful run the rights would not be so alarmed. Trump is the unfortunate choice at present of those revolting against our President. Trump has several themes that I agree with, but I will not vote for him. Anybody but Trump. He is an embarrassment to our nation and I fear will alienate most or maybe all of our allies. I believe he will goad other Nations into war. And as far as gun rights goes, who the heck knows what he will do.

      1. Trump does not believe in allies just deal partners, preferably ones that when he leaves can hold the bag for him. That being said he is nominally better than a Clinton

    2. I don’t think neither Cruz or Rubio will make it period. Having said that, I will go for whoever will go against Clinton. period. If some republicans would rather vote for Clinton instead of Trump, then those people are the real democrats pretending to be republicans period.

    3. The nation is pissed off. The democrats quit representing the working class people and now all, they do is cater to illegal immigrants and give entitlement programs for people that have never hit a lick in their life. Now a new republican party is forming from democrats that are jumping ship and becoming republicans. The democrats want to take our gun rights, create a free college education for dead beats, keep the borders open and allow Isis wannabes in our country. The current republican party is upset because the country does not support them anymore and the citizens are willing to gamble on someone who is not established with the current republican party. Common sense. The republicans nor the democrats have done one damn thing for the working class in ages. So now the rule book is being rewrote. I am not saying I am for Trump but if most of the country believes in him then the republicans should quit getting their panties all wadded and star supporting him. The republican party is acting like a bunch of little bitches because they think Trump is to radical. Our country is full of cancer and to get rid of cancer sometimes you have to take a very aggressive and radical approach.

      1. Very well said, sir. Everyone that I have spoken to that supports Trump has said basically the same thing: they are disgusted with the direction our country is headed, and want a BIG change. I personally would prefer a more stable conservative like Cruz, but I understand and feel the frustration of today’s voters. I just pray it doesn’t backfire and put another Democrat in office.

    4. The problem with Trump is that he’s not actually a Conservative he is “whatever he needs to be” at any given moment.

      He’s for socialized medicine (obamacare gets renamed to Trumpcare), a couple of years ago he was all for waiting periods and various other “common sense” gun laws. He’s pro-eminent domain. He’s a lib through and through. Trump won’t change our course if elected. It’s Cruz and the Constitution or revolution.

      1. The one undeniable good thing about Trump winning is that it will finally drive a stake in the heart of the Clinton dynasty. That alone is worth the price of admission. As for the the race itself, this is a runaway horse and most of us are just along for the ride.

      2. So Joshua, What are you saying? That we should allow the enemy (Hitlery) that we know get elected because we fear that Trump might revert back to some of the liberal views he’s held in the past if he’s elected? That kinda logic is a bunch of HOTEL SIERRA! In my opinion, Cruz, a known conservative, is the best choice and I will vote for him in the primary. But as it looks now, he’s not going to be the nominee at the convention unless the establishment brokers the convention which opens up a whole different can of worms that I believe will destroy the party. What I’m saying is if Trump (or Rubio… Whoever) is the GOP nominee, we must support him in the general election or face the consequences of having another FASCIST Democrat regime (I’ll call it what it is) in power. And we know how that will affect the Second Amendment.

        1. Well “Don in LA” it’s like Infidel7.62 said, politics have a lot to do with your right to own a firearm. The next president’s agenda towards firearms is of significant importance, as is the direction of the GOP (the party that in large supports 2nd Amendment rights. Did you read the article? But we should all give you a pass… if LA means Los Angeles your experience with firearms has been on the big screen and if LA means Louisiana, well the rest of America knows you folks are not only stupid, but are proud of it.

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