The Future Republican

There are three types of Republicans in the world:

1) Northeastern. These are the Rockefeller Republicans. They tend to be internationalists and fiscally conservative. This movement is all but dead. They were compelled to leave the party by the much more socially conservative Southern Republicans. George H.W. Bush was a NE Republican.

2) Southern. These are the social conservatives. They tend to support a strong national defense. Fiscal discipline is only a talking point.  This movement is still alive, but was repudiated both in the congressional elections in 2006, as well as the general elections of 2008. George W. Bush was a Southern Republican.

3) Western. The Western Republican is the Republican of libertarian leanings, generally favoring non-intrusive government in terms of social issues, and also favoring fiscal discipline. They tend to oppose nationalization of anything. They often, but not always, favor a strong national defense. Reagan was a western republican. This is the future of the Republican party, because the Western Republican can capitalize on the whims of the Independent Voter, who is usually fiscally conservative, libertarian socially, and for a strong national defense.

The Northeastern Republican was the type of Republican your grandfather was.  The Southern Republican was just beat up in a brawl yesterday and is on life support.

The Western Republican is the Republican of the future.  When the Obama-Reid-Pelosi troika overplay their hand in the next 2-4 years, conservatives and conservate-leaning libertarians will strike, and will reestablish a mandate to govern.

Crossposted at Chicago Boyz.

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11 Responses to The Future Republican

  1. nate zuckwerman says:

    I love the distinctions and the hope for the weary: the Westerners will up and win (california too?).
    In fact: social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. The fiscals did the unthinkable: large govt, bigger than ever; huge budget deficit.
    Then McCain–wrong pick–sold out the fiscals to get the base base–social conservatives, shifting his values and views and even getting a number of important fiscal smart conservatives to defect.
    Now the party faces trauma: do they get back to the fiscals or do the go along with Palin and social conservatives?
    Well, the GOP now has 8 years to rethink what they must do. And that is going to be a chore that may not end with some imaginary western libertarian group rising from the great plains to change the political landscape.

    Or, as my momn used to say: you made your bed and now….

  2. Schwabbeau says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. I just hope the country isn’t destroyed in the interim.

  3. Dave says:

    Godfather of Western Republicans – Goldwater.

  4. glennanderson says:

    I hope the GOP embraces the “Western Republican”(You’d see me leave the libertarian party to join if they did) although it will take longer than 2 to 4 years to return with a mandate to govern. I’m thinking more along the lines of 8, atleast. Great breakdown of what was, is, and will be the GOP SE.

  5. jay c says:

    We can hope at least, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in the GOP’s ability to self reform. They might have to be entirely replaced.

  6. I enjoyed the breakdown in this post. It does inspire hope in the future, but as commenter schwabbeau pointed out… much damage can be done in 4 years.

  7. Jeff says:

    Great post. Merry Christmas Eagle.

  8. YT says:

    S.E. : So what sorta Republican are ya?

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