I’ve asked for permission from a friend of mine to repost a Facebook status he posted tonight on the GOP and the conservative movement.
I’ve known Tommy Sears for several years. We’ve commiserated about football when his Dawgs (UGA) and my Tigers (Clemson) had bad seasons and talked very little smack when they played each other (my mom went to UGA.)
We talked about things Southern expats in DC talk about (in our case Zaxby’s came up a few times.) When I met him he worked at the Center for Military Readiness in DC and I knew he had also gone to grad school at Georgetown (Hoya Saxa – I was there ’92-’93.) Since then he’s worked for the Faith & Freedom Coalition and then went to work as a consultant for the Cruz campaign last fall in Texas.
The GOP and the Conservative Movement in DC
I heard recently he’d left the Cruz campaign and then tonight he posted something that is worth your time to read – on both the GOP and the conservative movement as it exists in DC and across America. So without further ado, the rest of this post is what he wrote tonight on Facebook:
Almost 3 weeks ago I made the decision to leave Washington, DC and return to my beloved home state of Georgia. As I sit here back in my old hometown tonight watching Donald Trump deliver the final coup d’ grace to Ted Cruz in this Republican presidential primary, I have the oft-invoked benefit of hindsight in being proven right in that decision. Having been a Cruz campaign consultant (the vast majority of that time through a 3rd-party contractor), and a staunch Cruz supporter before and since, I take no satisfaction in his defeat tonight, save for the minor speed bump it may mean to Cruz campaign senior staffers Jeff Roe, Mark Campbell, and Chris Wilson, who saw fit to throw me overboard. Despite what is no doubt a disappointing end to a tactically brilliant campaign (as I’ve consistently said, far and away the best in my personal experience—among many under my belt), these hired guns will be just fine. Even in defeat, their individual campaign/consulting businesses will be able to lay claim to going deep with myriad victories in a GOP presidential nomination fight not seen in over a generation. And therein lies the now-chronic, and in my opinion, fatal problem with Republicanism, and now, conservatism.
I decided to leave DC after the latest of seemingly countless conservative conclaves that I’d attended, spoken at, or planned/organized/directed over the last 20-plus years. During this last meeting, I had the proverbial “moment of clarity”: for those last 6-7 hours, I had been listening to the same people saying the same things ahead of the next “most important election of our lifetimes” that I had for the last decade. And nothing had changed. Despite healthy Republican Congressional majorities and one two-term Republican presidency during my years in DC, Leftism in the United States continues to march headlong. My stark realization: The vast majority of leaders of the so-called “conservative movement” are as feckless and corrupt as the Republican party and congressional leadership that they, in exquisite irony, criticize relentlessly in order to preserve and advance their own places of power. All decisions are predicated on the prospects for, effect on, and ability to execute near-ceaseless fundraising or developing other revenue streams, and maintaining their and their organizations’ profile. They are as wedded to their perks of office/station, influence, prestige and yes, (perhaps even more so) money than their perpetual RINO/RNC/congressional Republican leadership foils.
There are a couple of admonitions by one of these prominent leaders: “Don’t fully trust anyone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was losing,” and “A well-run movement takes care of its own.” I have seen precious little recognition of the former in a decade of working with conservative movement leaders, and with regard to the latter, the movement is in critical condition. The conclusion that I have personally come to, and believe has been further confirmed tonight, is that the current party and “movement” infrastructure of conservatism (which in my mind should be synonymous with constitutionalism) is irredeemable. I will not vote for the truly dangerous, entitled, narcissist charlatan Trump, like many other committed conservatives. In my humble opinion, the only chance to reclaim even a portion of the promise of the nation our founders envisioned and intended is not through a third party, but replacing the Republican party. I have no idea whether that can happen in the midst of an otherwise sure-to-be nasty and brutal presidential race; my practical political sense is no, but I still have a ways to go on the clarity thing. All I can say at this stage is, whether now or later, conservatism will never prevail without wholly new leaders and a vehicle for its principles and programs. That is no longer to be found in the Republican party or today’s “conservative movement.” #NeverTrump
An alternative to the GOP this fall?
Sears also made an addendum in the comments:
Just to add above, just because I think it’s hard, nigh impossible to run an alternative candidate/build an alternative conservative party before November does not mean it should not be tried.
Tommy makes some good points to consider whether you agree or disagree with him.