In 2008 it was the GOP establishment in Nevada that generally treated
the Ron Paul people like lepers. But the lepers got organized and
fought back, gaining operational control of the party in the 2012
election cycle. Now, after a very brief absence, the establishment is
well on its way to regaining full power.
The short Clark County GOP chairmanship of Cindy Lake — a principled
conservative and Paul supporter — came to an end on July 17 when the
establishment wing of the party hoisted Dave McKeon, a relatively
unknown, transplanted son of a California congressman, upon the throne
as their new Grand Imperial Pooh-Bah. So intent was the establishment
in regaining power that they would have supported a pedophile priest
as long as long as it meant getting rid of Lake. But remember the old
saying about being careful what you wish for.
McKeon made a lot of grandiose promises to get elected; promises he’s
unlikely to fulfill. Like raising a ton of money, registering a ton of
voters and winning the hearts and minds of Hispanics everywhere.
What’s going to happen if/when he comes up short?
But even if McKeon is successful beyond everyone’s wildest LSD-induced
dreams operationally and organizationally, a philosophical drift back
to the mushy-middle will now take place. And that’s nothing to cheer
about if you’re a conservative, especially if it spreads up to the
state party level.
Once again never will be heard a discouraging word about
Republicans who have never even read the party’s platform, let alone
abided by it.
When Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval proposes another $620 million tax
hike… and GOP legislators see his $620 million and raise him… the
new-and-improved (but not lemon-scented!) county party will once again
fall in line and dutifully declare, “My Republican, right or wrong!” —
before rolling over to have their widdle tummies rubbed.
Sadly, for principled conservatism, at least in the Clark County GOP,
it’s over. (Cue John Belushi’s ghost…).
“Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it
over when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? Heck no! And it ain’t over
now.” (ask your dad)
Yes, the old guard Republicans are gloating over ousting the
Paulbarians after less than a year in charge. But as the saying goes,
better to live one day as a lion than a hundred as a lamb. And while
the Republican sheep will once again bleat to the beat at RINO feet,
they won’t be able silence the roar of the growing liberty movement
outside their “big tent.”
The battle for the philosophical soul of the Republican Party isn’t
over. It’s only just begun. We ride again at dawn.
Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit public
policy grassroots advocacy organization. He may be reached at