GOP You risk having no Base at all!

This should be a watershed year for the GOP. Propaganda not withstanding the costs of Obamacare continue to increase, the international failures of the administration are on full display and as each day goes by it becomes clear that the IRS scandal has the potential to incriminate not just people in the administration, but members of the congress in a vile attempt to use the tax agency to intimidate and suppress political opposition.

And then we read this:

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was “hellbent on getting this done this year,” according to two people in the room.

Well that’s absolute nonsense, the Speaker of the house advancing a policy diametrically opposed to the base of the party in a year when winning or losing is going to turn on the turnout of that base. Besides none of this was recorded. I’m sure when the office of the speaker was contacted they completely disavowed those remarks.

A spokesman for Mr. Boehner didn’t dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Barack Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.

Seriously?

GOPThe question apparently isn’t if Barack Obama is a trustworthy partner to the Republicans, the question seems to be instead is the GOP a trustworthy partner to its base?

What is the point of having a party and a platform and asking people to join, contribute or work for a party if it ignores the best interest of its members and only takes care of the higher ups? If GOP members wanted that, they could join a union.

I have said repeatedly that in a general election it is necessary to make the best available choice, that staying home was not an option and have tried to make that case to anyone willing to listen. It is stories like this that increasingly make this position untenable.

If the national GOP insists that the base stay home, the votes will be happy to oblige. I’m sure the candidates down ticket will understand.

Stupid party indeed.

Oh and if I was a conservative activist I’d start the paperwork for the formation of those state “Conservative parties” now so that it can be filed the day amnesty passes the House.

Update:  Added graphic and emphasized part of quote

Update 2: This might explain a lot

If you want to buck your base to pay off the fat cats you won’t find a better time then when your opponents are in retreat.

Update 3: AllahPundit seems to figure it the same way:

He’s betting that nothing the GOP does, up to and including amnesty, will enrage grassroots conservatives so much that they’re likely to stay home in protest in November because of it. Anger at ObamaCare trumps all. When the dust settles, after a week or two of talk radio calling Boehner a traitor for passing an immigration bill and vowing to go third party, everyone will swallow hard and decide that they have no choice but to vote for the GOP anyway in the name of stopping O-Care. The redder the Senate turns next year, the greater the odds of repeal in 2017.

But it’s the last sentence of that paragraph that GOP voters should take to heart.

Although if they’d sell you out on immigration, I’m not sure why you’d think they won’t sell you out on that too when the time comes.

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