On Sunday, Glenn Reynolds wrote that should Republicans win this fall and don’t get their act together in the 112th Congress, we could see third-party challenges in 2012:
But those establishment GOP figures who think that they’ll cruise to victory and a return to the pocket-stuffing business-as-usual that marked the prior GOP majority need to think again. This election cycle is, in a very real sense, a last chance for the Republicans. If they blow it, we’re likely to see third-party challenges in 2012, not only at the Presidential level but in numerous Congressional races as well.
For the national GOP, it’s do-or-die time. So guys, you’d better perform — unless you want me to be writing another “I told you so” column in 2013. And trust me, you don’t.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) echoed that thought, predicting
. . . that if Republicans win majorities in Congress but don’t follow through on their promises, it could cause a third party built in the shape of the Tea Party movement to take off.
“I will say this: If we do not govern according to our principles and if we don’t follow through on the things we say we’re going to do, I think there will be a third party in this country,” the fourth-ranking Senate Republican said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program, set for broadcast this weekend.
To that end, if victorious this fall, Republicans should follow the lead of the Club for Growth and push for an immediate and full repeal of Obamacare:
“The grass-roots and the Tea Party movement want full repeal,” said Andy Roth, vice president of Club For Growth. “If that cannot be done, they could be assuaged if Republicans in Congress are seen as actively picking away at it.” . . . .
Others are trying to make certain that Republicans don’t find ways to dodge the issue. “I was frustrated that the health care issue was not more of an issue — it should be in a lot of campaigns where it isn’t,” said Heather Higgins, CEO of the Independent Women’s Voice, a conservative group. “Other pledges out there seemed rather narrow. They didn’t apply to the bits-and-pieces, incremental approach that would be necessary in the interim.”
The IWV pledge commits candidates and members who sign it to vote for full repeal and for legislation that kills ObamaCare provisions such as the tax hikes and the individual mandate to buy insurance. Thus far, 52 members and candidates have signed it.
If Republicans really want to show they’ve changed and have returned to the principles which helped us win the White House in the 1980s and recapture Congress in the 1990s, the first item on the agenda of the 112th Congress will be repeal of Obamcacare.