2014 Election Proves the GOP Still Works When We Work It

Barb Wire

There are three major narratives coming out of the 2014 election.

The first is so obvious even the mainstream media hasn’t missed it. President Obama’s leadership and Marxist policies were resoundingly rejected by the American people, as symbolized by Democrats embarrassingly losing the governor’s race in the president’s home state of Illinois.

The second is also obvious, although the mainstream media will choose to ignore it. The so-called “war on women” meme is officially dead. Voters sent two Republican women to the U.S. Senate, the youngest woman sent to Congress is a Republican, and Utah (a state with a checkered racial past) sent a black woman to Congress as a Republican as well. Even Mark “Uterus” Udall (D-CO) was defeated in Colorado, and Wendy Davis didn’t just lose badly in Texas, she even lost the female vote to Republican Greg Abbott.

But it’s the third major narrative coming out of 2014 I want to mention now, because it may not even be obvious to all of us paying attention.

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For all of its problems, treacheries, and blunders the past few years, it turns out the Republican Party still works if we work it. In fact, an argument could be made the party worked exactly the way it should in 2014, and that’s why it was in a position to capitalize on Obama’s weaknesses.

Instead of giving up after being stabbed in the back so many times, conservatives challenged the GOP establishment all over the country in the primaries. Although we didn’t win as many as we’d like, we still drove the party to the Right overall. We also made the party really attempt to fully defund Obamacare, even to the point of shutting down the government. We drew the line on the “gang of 8” amnesty scam. We drew the line on selling out the Second Amendment. We drew the line on the ruling class’ attempt to have us fighting alongside Al-Qaeda in Syria.

Had we not done so and the GOP establishment succumbed to Potomac Fever on these issues, it’s quite possible the victories we saw nationwide on Tuesday night wouldn’t have happened. Our base would’ve been demoralized, and independents would’ve said, “what’s the point” to trusting Republicans again.

Furthermore, instead of shunning its base like it did in 2008 and 2012, the GOP establishment embraced its base down the stretch. Ted Cruz was dispatched nationwide to energize the base in Kansas, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska – places where divisive primaries threatened to leave the base at home and hand those states to the Democrats. Cruz rallied the base not with nauseating lesser-of-two-evils arguments nobody wants to hear anymore, or by sanctimoniously demanding we owed these Republicans something, but by positively encouraging conservatives to take control in the process and say no to Obamaism.

And it worked. Republicans finished ahead of the Real Clear Politics polling average in each of those races.

Take a look at the makeup of the electorate:

  • 79% of those who voted said they don’t trust government some or none of the time.
    • 49% said they fear the next generation will be worse off than they are, the highest number ever recorded in exit polls.
    • Amnesty was the second most important issue to those who voted, behind only the economy.
    • In my home state of Iowa, which is essentially is a statewide subsidy, 60% of those who voted said “government plays too big of a role in their lives.”These are the types of existential issues and questions we conservatives have been trying to get the country at-large to consider for years now, and we finally had an election that did exactly that.

We made it happen, and we made D.C. listen. Sure, the GOP establishment had to be dragged kicking and screaming too often, but eventually they decided winning was better than losing. They didn’t think that in 2012, so that’s progress.

So to my fellow hardcore patriots already contacting me with your angst about how quickly all these newly elected Republican establishment candidates will betray us once in office, I respectfully say relax. The day will come we’ll probably have to fight these people, but that day is not today.

Today is about celebrating the fact the American people resoundingly said no to Marxism. Most voters aren’t as discerning as you are, so in their minds they were voting for what you want (less government, no amnesty, etc.) by voting against Obama and his Marxist policies. The exit polls prove that.

Anytime people say no to what’s clearly ungodly, we should celebrate that. Especially because our base turned out big-time nationwide to help make it happen, so you deserve some of the credit, too.

Now, soon, the far more important battle begins. The one we cannot lose, when we will have to defeat the GOP establishment for the 2016 nomination. That will be the time to go all-in against these Republicrats/RINOs, and coalesce around a candidate that gives us the best chance to beat them and Killary.

But one battle at a time.

These establishment candidates won nationwide Tuesday on your message. Revel in that, and then prepare to hold them accountable to it come January.

The Republican Party worked the way it was supposed to this time, because we worked it. Conservatives drove the GOP to the Right in the primaries, and then both sides worked together to annihilate Democrats in the general. I think we are so used to being betrayed, we forgot what winning looks like.

Make no mistake – this is a win. But not just for us. For America.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Steve Deace
Steve Deace is one of the "Heavy Hundred" talk show hosts in America according Talkers Magazine. His influence in the first in the nation Iowa Caucuses has been profiled in much of the national media, and he's also a columnist for The Washington Times. His new book, out now and endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders, is titled Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.

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