1. Corey Stinson

    Another excellent, prophetic post. You called it correctly when you stated “Danforth and his cronies are playing with fire.” I’d see that fire burn the Republican party to the ground before I one more day support these irrelevant Constitution-shredding hacks. Playing politics the Danforth / McCain / Graham way has brought this country to its knees.

    1. You’re right, Corey. When the history of the Republican Party is written, I believe people like McCain, Graham, and Danforth will fare poorly. They offer value to a tiny, select few who want government money and protection for various endeavors. People who want to transfer risk to taxpayers the way the investment houses began transferring risk to stockholders in the late 80s.

      Eventually, that risk, multiplied and fermented, explodes back on them.

  2. We, the little people, are done with being ignored and trampled on by Establishment dinosaurs like McCain, Graham and Danforth. They no more stand for the Republican platform than Pelosi, Ried or Carter. We need brave and vocal souls like Ed Martin to bring this country back to it’s foundational principles of the people, for the people, by the people. It is time to take this country back to the original God-given purpose of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all, not just for some as deemed fit by John Danforth et al!

    1. Thanks, Gemey. I really fear what might happen at the polls in 2014 and 2016.

  3. George Thompson

    I finally gave up on the Republican Party last summer when it finally dawned on me why its nominee was the favorite son of the Danforth-McCain-Rove coalition and pretty much rammed down our throats. Equally unhappy with the Libertarians because too many of them believe killing innocent unborn babies to be civilized free American behavior, I went in search of an alternative. I found the Constitution Party. It had a presidential ticket and a few candidates at the state level.

  4. Fu#kObama

    Yep… stick a fork in it, they GOP is dead amd good riddance to it..

    1. I wonder if the Establishment has thought about what an election would be like if only the political class showed up.

  5. Me again

    Been there before. Jackoff Danforth and his kind were told long ago they were wrecking the Party. Their attitude was, “so what, as long as WE control the wreckage.” It’s always the same deal. Either generate enough income after taxes to be one of THEM, or get lost. But They and their libtard allies make that Impossible. Don’t they? We don’t care if the Danforths despise us. But they’re the source of Our frustration.

  6. Excellent article! It seems the movers in the Republican Party, the McCains, Grahams, and Roves, have more in common with Liberals than with their own base. Sure, they are more than willing to coddle Tea Party Conservatives come election time and also more than willing to kick their base to the curb when the election is over. We have known for a long time that our biggest battles would come from within the Republican Party. Looks like fightin time is here.

  7. Bill, I think you have nailed it, again. Ed Martin’s email was, I think, the beginning of a New Vision for the MO GOP. It will take a while for the old guard to see that vision, but they can choose to either ride the wave or be swept away by it.

    1. Thanks, Ron.

      I’m still mystified, though, about why the old guard chose Danforth to deliver this message. Did they think his august stature would drive us all into immediate compliance?

      Danforth’s stature was never as significant as a few people on the east side of Missouri believed. Today, he’s a footnote. No one under the age of 43 ever voted for Danforth whose last election was during the Reagan administration.

      1. In the world of big Republican donors and cocktail parties, Mr. Danforth is not a footnote, though. That’s why he’s the messenger.

        What they haven’t figured out, though, is that 1) Money is not enough to win elections these days, and 2) There is a huge donor base who are just waiting for the right “vision” before they’ll engage and replace the “old money”.

        The vision isn’t a new one, in fact, it’s as old as the Founders — it’s a vision of liberty.

        It’s a vision that eschews mercantilism and embraces true free-market capitalism. It’s a vision that understands the (limited) role of government and the evils of concentrated power. It’s a vision that truly believes that our basic human rights are bestowed by our Creator, and no man, or group of men — no matter how large the marble building housing them is — have the authority to deprive us of those rights.

        It’s a vision that more and more people are, once again, willing to fight and bleed and die for.

        Ed Martin gets it, Mr. Danforth does not seem to understand.

  8. Jim Durbin

    You had it right – this is all about trying to dry up donors, no matter what price the party pays in the next election.

    The answer is to identify them by name, identify their causes, and put a spotlight on them. If their actions are above reproach, they won’t mind it. We’re not driving anyone out of the party. We’re being transparent about how things get done. That’s only frightening to those whose power comes from whispered conversations.

    I don’t believe Danforth acted alone. I don’t believe his email magically appeared in the Post Dispatch. Whoever coordinated this needs to be discovered and held up. Danforth’s staff needs to have a video camera held to their face, Russ Carnahan style.

    If you work for the Establishment, I want you worried that your next job won’t come from cronies paying you back for stabbing conservatives.

  9. Laine

    I received Ed Martin’s e-mail and didn’t read any mention of “throwing out” anyone. What I DID read was a preliminary plan of action to move the Missouri GOP back to its limited government principles The “old guard” of the Republican party have moved the party more and more left with their progressive policies to the point where it is impossible to tell the difference between the two main parties. The elite, establishment portion of the GOP are extremely worried they are losing the stranglehold on the power and wealth they once possessed and are acting accordingly. I once read, “You can tell if you are on the right side of an argument by those arguing against.” I feel satisfied standing with Ed Martin, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and thousands of grassroot activists. I am no longer voting the “letter”, I am voting the individual.

  10. Ed

    If I recall rightly, wasn’t State Senator Brian Nieves attacked by the GOP in his primary election a few years ago. I’ve also heard that he continues to fight against his own GOP party as well as the Dems. He is a true Tea Party hero–they despise him.

    I also saw the establishment GOP in action at several caucuses in Missouri against the Ron Paul people.

    It is my personal opinion that when the establishment GOP disenfranchised the Ron Paul delegates at the national convention, the Ron Paul people stayed home instead of voting. That is why there were fewer Republicans voting and why we still have King Odumbo ruling over us.

    In addition, all you have to do to see the liberalism of the Danforth’s is walk through the campus of the bastion of liberalism-Washington University in St. Louis. There name is all over that place.

    Let’s not forget the stem cell proposition from a few years ago too. The Danforth’s funded that liberal cause.

    1. Yes, Nieves was attacked heavily and ruthlessly in his last election. Not only were the surface smears horrendous, but they launched a whisper campaign against him as well.

      People who use government as an ATM don’t like guys like Nieves.

  11. Becky Noble

    Excellent piece. Agreed with every word of it. But be careful not so much you, but who the Tea Party says is picking and choosing about who they want to let into the party. Two years ago when the after parties started I asked if my blog, The Conservative Cauldron could be put on the Tea Party website blogroll. I was told that they did not want to do it because I was Wiccan.
    In our quest to be a “big tent”, let’s be careful not to fall into the same trap that we are now so loudly, and rightly so, complaining about.
    Becky Noble

  12. Karen Everhart

    There is no reason to call each other names. Mr. Danforth represents a point of view that varies in a number of important ways from that of the Tea Party and constitutional conservatives, which have rejected some of the norms familiar to Mr. Danforth. He has a right to express his opinion, and Mr. Martin has a right to disagree. The idea is not to promote or destroy the GOP, but rather to promote candidates who stand for the smallest, least intrusive government that can do its constitutional duties effectively. I am not sure that either Mr. Danforth or Mr. Martin are credible to the electorate right now. I don’t think what either man says will move the GOP in MO. Mr. Martin was defeated in his last two bids for public office and Mr. Danforth got his experience in another era with generations older than I, and I am a senior citizen. .

  13. paytriotsoul

    Feelin’ like a Zombie.
    But I do not like tough, old meat anymore…and I am no Spring chicken, either!
    (H.C. in disguise)

  14. Thanks for this essay, Bill. It is right on target. Mostly what we’re hearing are the dying pangs of an old breed who can’t stand it that they no longer run the GOP the old way anymore, in the back of a smoke filled room. Today better, more thoughtful minds of the party are running away from them. Although the “old guard” of the Republican Party mocks the Tea Party, they fail to realize that the Tea Party is made up of mostly pissed off young Conservative Republicans and Libertarians who are horrified that the Republican Party was more bent on embracing internecine party tyranny than freedom and liberty. The old Guard has been “progressive” to the detriment of the party, the country, and the Constitution. Many are feckless appeasers who don’t understand that true leadership and power comes from courage, principle and the willingness when faced with defeat to get up and fight better, which is what we saw in the Rand Paul filibuster. It’s time we open the windows and doors and let in the light and fresh air. That’s what the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and yes, even Ed Martin are all about.

  15. Great thoughts, Fred. Thanks.

    If the RNC adopts a lot of the recommendations from the autopsy–eliminating caucuses and state conventions, clustering primaries, minimizing debates–Republican candidates could finish third in a lot of races in 2016.

    If the Republicans won’t accept grassroots, someone will.

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