Sometimes there is good reason to run against the Republican establishment. When it taps candidates who favor big government initiatives and pro-union legislation, GOP leaders put their own interests ahead of the rank and file of their party. Yet, sometimes, some conservatives have come so much to scorn the GOP establishment that they have forgotten why they’re opposing the establishment. It’s as if opposing that establishment has become a thing into itself, opposing it for the sake of opposing it.
So resentful is Chuck DeVore that Washington Republicans tapped Carly Fiorina, his rival for the GOP Senate nomination in the Golden State, that his campaign, in a bid to raise a few bucks, is tarring that Reagan Republican as the choice of the “D.C.-based Republican establishment.”
In a fund-raising e-mail to supporters, DeVore mentions Carly’s appearance, but doesn’t criticize anything she said. That is, it’s not her message that bothered him, but the GOP’s choice to have her offer the message. This isn’t about ideas, it’s about self-interest.
DeVore all but gives away the game in the concluding line of his e-mail, “Any amount you can donate will go to support our conservative cause and defeat the establishment in Washington, D.C.” And I thought the goal was to defeat Barbara Boxer. She’s the one who’s liberal partisanship and big government ways have not helped the Golden State these past seventeen years.
In delivering the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, Carly Fiorina made her conservative bona fides increasingly clear. And Chuck DeVore used that appearance to continue his war on the GOP establishment. But, unlike Marco Rubio in Florida, DeVore’s battle is not against an establishment candidate who backs big-government policies, but against a conservative Republican who shares Ronald Reagan’s vision.
And don’t we want to push the GOP establishment in the direction of that good man’s great ideas?