Saturday, December 6, 2008

Trust In the GOP? (Butler Shaffer)

Butler Shaffer on the Ron Paul Revolution vs. the empty rhetoric of the "National Republican Trust":

An organization calling itself "The National Republican Trust" is clucking excitedly over the role it says it played in getting Georgia incumbent Senator Chambliss re-elected in a runoff election. It e-mailed an article written by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann suggesting that the secret to this success lay in circumventing the established GOP hierarchy and engaging in an alleged grass-roots effort. "The geniuses who run the Republican Party had it all wrong," the article declares. "We didn't ask anyone's permission or coordinate with any of the powers-that-be" in doing what its members apparently did. To those familiar with the Ron Paul phenomenon, these words come across as an attempt to associate this organization's tactics with those of the genuinely spontaneous, decentralized efforts of Paul supporters.

I can well imagine GOP forces seeking to create – from the top-down – an ersatz organization emulating Paul's, using it as a gimmick to attract the kind of youthful energy that the GOP long ago lost. I will admit to being wrong if the hierarchy of this "Trust" – which, by virtue of its having a hierarchy, distinguishes itself from Ron Paul's organization – can demonstrate how it had just as feverishly worked on behalf of Paul's efforts to get opportunities to participate in state and national GOP conventions, or to be included in the televised debates.

There is no mention, however, of the one essential ingredient to the Paul phenomenon that is missing in the Trust's memo: the commitment to consistent philosophic principles that united so many behind Ron's campaign.

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