Yesterday, United Liberty Editor Jason Pye did a write-up on Reince Priebus and his recent attempts to reach out to the Ron Paul Republicans/Liberty wing of the GOP. This action has naturally been met with much skepticism from the Freedom forces of the GOP. As a member of that group, I just wanted to expound on a few things:
First off, with all due respect, for those thinking that Priebus did this solely because he was concerned about keeping his position, that just isn’t the case. No one, and I really mean no one (including potential challenger Mark Willis), had any real hope that Priebus would be unseated. Of the 168 members of the RNC, there might have been upwards of two dozen or so that could be counted on to vote against Priebus. However, Mark Willis, the Liberty GOPer from Maine, wasn’t able to get the majority vote of the 3 different state RNC memberships to even be placed on the ballot.
Secondly, Priebus has been reaching out to the Ron Paul/Liberty people before, during, and after this most recent RNC meeting. The writing is on the wall - the Liberty forces have the momentum. And even though they’ve been the ones most involved in the degradation of the GOP for the last decade, the establishment GOP is now exhibiting what might be the strongest and most intense of human instincts - self-preservation. It’s also just common sense, as evidenced by this recent quote from long-serving, social conservative RNC Iowa Committeeman, Steve Scheffler:
“If you don’t start including new people, you’re going to die on the vine…the old guard needs to be inclusive.”
Also of note, and Jason mentioned this as well, is the fact that Priebus has specifically addressed those awful rule changes from Tampa last year, and discussion and potential changes on those will be taken up at the next RNC meeting in April.
Am I saying that the Liberty forces have won and that ole Reincey is now our new BFF? Definitely not. But what I’m saying is that this is exactly what the Liberty movement has been fighting for and is precisely what Dr. Paul has been talking about for some time - remaking the party in the Liberty image, returning it to its roots, and bringing back the tradition of the GOP being the original big tent party. A patchwork coalition of the Liberty wing, Tea Party/9-12 folks, GOP regulars/establishment, and centrist independents would do very well regionally and in a national election.