Markey’s win in Mass.: More evidence that the GOP’s embrace of liberalism is a losing strategy

Jeffrey T. Kuhner

Conservatives beware. The Republican Party’s growing embrace of open borders and social liberalism is a betrayal of core principles. It also spells political doom and defeat. Just ask Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez.

He was trounced Tuesday by Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Mr. Markey won handily, defeating Mr. Gomez 55 percent to 45 percent. In short, the Democrat won by double digits.

Mr. Markey is a leftist ideologue. He champions state socialism and radical environmentalism. He is anti-capitalist, voting for more than 270 tax increases over his 37-year career. He calls for massive wealth redistribution, soaking the productive classes and funneling public spending on lavish social programs. He supports “Obamacare,” cap-and-trade legislation, amnesty for illegal immigrants, a major increase in the minimum wage and unrestricted abortion rights, including partial-birth abortion…

…in an off-election year with a weak, unpopular candidate burdened by a president engulfed in multiple scandals, the Democrat still won — and won big — over the Republican challenger. Why? The reason is simple: The conservative base stayed home…


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Related: RNC Chair: ‘Broad Consensus’ in GOP Want ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’

CAJ note: If, by “broad consensus” he means “the big lobbyists like Chamber of Commerce who are greasing our palms,” then, sure, that’s probably an accurate statement. But if he wants to know what voters and taxpayers want, he’d urge the GOP to walk away from this Gang of Eight amnesty legislation. Why not enforce the laws we already have and repeal the lousy ones?

Otherwise, Establishment GOP, this means you have forgotten November 2010 and are on a suicide mission.


UpdateRNC vs. House Republicans over Immigration

Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus may claim that there is a “consensus” in his party for “comprehensive” immigration reform, but House Republicans are publicly committed to avoiding the large, “comprehensive” approach that saw the Senate pass an immigration bill over a thousand pages long.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has already indicated that the House of Representatives will adopt a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, beginning with legislation that is most urgent and that enjoys the widest public support, and moving on to more contentious issues…


Update 2John McCain: GOP Is Doomed if Senate Amnesty Bill Not Passed 

Pelosi said the same thing. McCain must be using Dem talking points again.


Update 3: Contrast and compare


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