Erickson: Conservatives Ambivalent on GOP Victory

Erickson: Conservatives Ambivalent on GOP Victory
Editor’s Note: Erick Erickson, editor of, penned this feature for this week’s edition of Politico Magazine. 

In numerous other states the Republican Party has had a hard time rallying voters to its side on its issues. The Republicans who win on Tuesday will do so as anti-Barack Obama candidates, not as Republicans with an agenda worth supporting. There are three reasons for this failure, all of which directly derive from the mistakes made by the same pool of GOP-commissioned consultants who win whether the party wins or loses.

First, in the Mississippi primary, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and other affiliated groups made a decision to run a ruthless campaign against the Republican base. Conservative activists were called racists and bigots. Conservative organizations were accused of profiting off the races — something psychologists would term “projection.” Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader declared the tea party candidates challenging Washington’s picks would be ruthlessly stamped out.

Republicans in Washington who declared war on their very base are now shocked that conservative voters have little interest or motivation in helping Pat Roberts, Thom Tillis, David Perdue, or a host of other candidates. A Republican establishment that has spent several years badmouthing Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and outside groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund now find themselves openly begging the Senate Conservatives Fund to engage in races while they fly Ted Cruz around the country to motivate the base.

Read the full feature here.