by Jeff Crouere, Ringside Politics, ©2022

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(May 22, 2022) — The Republican Party has a split personality. On one side are the small donors and committed volunteers who compose the grassroots. These are the people who are real conservatives, engaged and enthusiastic.

In recent years, this group has been staunchly in support of President Donald Trump. This is the “MAGA” movement, which wants to “Make America Great Again” and to put “America First.” These activists are the ones who attend Trump rallies and participate on conservative talk radio and contact Congress on critical issues.

The other wing of the Republican Party hates these folks. This group is known as the “country club” Republicans, the moderate, establishment wing of the party. This group is represented by the Bush family, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and the late U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona.

The moderates also are firmly in control of the party’s leadership positions. This includes the Chairwoman of the Republican Party, Ronna Romney McDaniel, and most of the state party leaders. True conservatives view this wing as the “RINO’s” or Republicans in Name Only.

Over the past fifty years, the establishment wing of the party has been dominant. However, there have been two major exceptions who served as President of the United States: Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump.

These Presidents were real conservatives, focused on “America First” policies and less interested in starting wars overseas and sending our military to foreign countries. Both Trump and Reagan cut taxes and enjoyed strong economic growth in the country.

While the party split was apparent during the Reagan presidency, it really was in the forefront during the Trump administration. He initially enraged the establishment wing by winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination after defeating a string of more moderate candidates, such as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Jeb Bush, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Some of the Republican opponents became afflicted with the political disease known as “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” They hated the President so much that they became “Never Trumpers.”

After his 2016 election victory, some of these Republicans eventually decided to reluctantly support President Trump. Incredibly, others remained in steadfast opposition and started groups such as the “Lincoln Project,” which is so hostile to President Trump that it will support Democratic candidates running against Republicans aligned with the “MAGA” agenda.

As we approach the 2022 midterm elections, there is a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. GOP voters have a major decision facing them. Do they support candidates aligned with Trump or ones who espouse a more moderate agenda?

Among U.S. Senate Republican candidates, the ones championing a big government, globalist agenda are aligned with the party’s establishment. These candidates have the support of U.S Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who will likely be the Majority Leader if Republicans win back control of the Senate.

McConnell has been in the U.S. Senate for decades. He represents the “old guard” who believes in working within the system, often in collaboration with Democrats. Trump derisively calls him “Old Crow” and has little patience for his tactics. Trump was especially incensed after McConnell viciously attacked him in the aftermath of the January 6th protests.

On the House side, if Republicans have a majority after the midterm elections, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is poised to become the next Speaker. He is another establishment Republican who has been a member of Congress for many years.

McCarthy will attain this position even though he was taped after the January 6th protests calling for President Trump’s removal from office. He also was recorded on phone conversations advocating that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and other conservatives be removed from social media.

McCarthy’s upcoming victory as House Speaker was guaranteed when Trump expressed no interest in running for the position. He also continued to back McCarthy despite the publication of his controversial phone calls. Even though McCarthy wanted Trump removed, the President continues to support him for House Speaker.

Unfortunately, there are no House conservatives ready to challenge McCarthy for the position of Speaker. The only potential opponent, U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), announced he will support McCarthy for House Speaker next year.

Here is the problem: If Republicans win control of Congress in the midterm elections it will be due to the outpouring of support from conservative, “MAGA,” Trump voters. Trump voters dominate the base of the GOP and will vote in substantial numbers in November. The establishment wing is powerful within the GOP leadership, but not among average Republican voters.

Unfortunately, these enthused Republican Party activists will soon face tremendous disillusionment if the congressional GOP leaders, McConnell, and McCarthy, refuse to take bold action in 2023.

Once in control, congressional Republican leaders need to immediately launch impeachment hearings against President Joe Biden. There should also be demands that Biden submit to a mental competency test.

Most importantly, if entrusted with power, congressional Republicans need to pursue an extremely aggressive conservative agenda. If not, there will be significant disappointment among the GOP base.

In 1994 and 2010, Republicans won landslide victories and returned to power in the Congress. Thereafter, party leaders were too timid with their newfound authority and did not achieve the type of legislative victories their voters were expecting.

The result was that conservatives were outraged and became irritated with the GOP. They were not energized, so conservative candidates lost the party’s presidential nomination in the next election cycle.

Thus, moderates, U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) in 1996 and Romney in 2012 won the Republican Party presidential nominations. These candidates subsequently lost to the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

This political history should serve as a sobering lesson for Republican voters this year. It is not enough to take over the Congress. Real conservatives or “MAGA” voters want a bold political agenda to be pursued.

If not, the Republican Party will suffer the same fate in 2024 which it did in 1996 and 2012 and lose the presidency to the Democrats once again. 


Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award-winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs weekdays nationally on Real America’s Voice TV NetworkAmericasVoice.News from 6-7 a.m. CT and from 7-11 a.m. CT on WGSO 990-AMWgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America’s Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on Crouere.net. For more information, email him at jcrouere@gmail.com

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  1. The gop establishment, especially mcconnell and mccarthy are TRAITORS aligned with the devildemocommiecrats and espousing the new world order global dictatorship!!!!! I left the gop in 2012 after they cheated Ron Paul out of the nomination in favor of the puppet mitty the poo!!!!! I am an independent, a staunch conservative who WILL NOT vote for establishment hacks like mullin, lankford, and inhofe!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Should Biden fail the requirements of a qualifications test on competency (25th Amendment) , it must be noted and challenged, that the Vice President Kamala Harris is NOT Constitutionally eligible to hold her present Office let alone the President’s Office.

    1. Robert, AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!!!!! The gop establishment knows the situation and want the devildemocommiecrats in control!!!!! That way they can bluster and bleat while supporting and assisting the destruction of America from hiding!!!!!!!!!!

  3. From Bob68:
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    Quote from the article: “In recent years, this group has been staunchly in support of President Donald Trump. This is the “MAGA” movement, which wants to “Make America Great Again” and to put “America First.” These activists are the ones who attend Trump rallies and participate on conservative talk radio and contact Congress on critical issues.”

    Many, if not most of these MAGA Trump supporters also contacted Congress repeatedly about the lack of vetting by either party of the race, and once sworn-in, ineligibility protected total fraud, Barack Hussein Obama. Those MAGA people were repeatedly lied to and told that “Obama”, with 100% certainly was constitutionally eligible and they should just “move on”. Congress, both parties, after doing and saying nothing to stop the Soros funded, Brennan and the CIA created Obama from being sworn-in by John Roberts had committed a crime too big to prosecute. Both parties gave America’s government and her military to her enemies, a HUGE crime which had to be covered-up forever.

    The much needed after Obama cover presidency was promised to Hillary Clinton in return for her dropping out of the 2008 Dem primary. There could be no better after Obama cover for the untouchable, race and ineligibility protected Obama and all complicit in The Obama Fraud than the untouchable, Hillary Clinton. Hillary was also given the Secretary of State Job $$$ in the Obama administration. The last person both of the complicit in The Obama Fraud political parties wanted after Obama was Obama’s obvious nemesis, Donald Trump. When the overconfident she would win Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in 2019 both parties panicked and kept Trump under siege and busy with bogus impeachment attempts and so called “investigations” of collusion with Russia……..because they feared President Trump would fully reveal and act on The Obama Fraud. Both parties were never going to allow Trump a second term and the 2020 election was obviously stolen, with little to no real objection by either party. Biden was chosen as the replacement for Hillary as the after Obama cover because he was part of Obama’s administration and aware of The Obama Fraud. It may have been not immediately fully recognized that Biden is no longer fully aware of anything………Kamala Harris was also picked by Obama for Biden’s V.P., because she is, like Obama, ineligible………..

    They have so far gotten way with the biggest criminal acts against American citizens and her Constitution in history…… both the installation and cover-up of Obama the fraud, and the attempts to neutralize Obama’s biggest nemesis, Donald Trump………all to protect what is most important…themselves…

    Bob68…..

    1. Excellent commentary Bob68. In fact, I would say you “hit the nail on the head!” You put 2 and 2 together and got 4, not 5. The only “trouble” now is- by far most American citizens (and non-citizens by the millions) do not even recognize or know anything about the controversy (the Obama Fraud). Our Federal Government, which is all too familiar with it, is corrupt in its silence and covering up of Obama’s unlawful and unconstitutional “TRANSFORMATION” (isn’t that what Obama said it would be!) of our way of life and governing. Come to think of it, though, isn’t he (Obama) supposed to be something like a Founding Father, or even greater than that (some sort of god?)! Frankly, as Bob68 and a handful of other righteous patriots know, I AM GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF THE “DISINFORMATION,” “REWRITING OF HISTORY,” “WOKE NONSENSE,” “DISINGENUOUS CRIES OF ‘RACISM’ MOST OF THE TIME FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES,” “DOWNRIGHT LIES,” AND “WHAT THE FBI LIKES TO CALL ‘PUBLIC CORRUPTION’ (AKA WHITE SUPREMACY).” Anyway, don’t worry about me taking matters into my own 78-year-old weaponless hands! And, do me a favor, take me OFF of your government “watch lists” and stop SURVEILING my internet activity and other communications! You’re wasting your time (but that’s what you do). As I’ve said many times before, I am not a threat to anyone, unless you consider telling the TRUTH to be threatening! SO, WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? The world, and our country in particular (I remind you that Joe Biden is our president and Kamala Harris our vice-president), is GOING MAD! WE ARE NO LONGER A “CIVIL SOCIETY!” What then does that make Russia, China, North Korea, and pretty much every other country on earth at this sick moment in world history? One last word or two directed toward our current federal government- MOST OF YOU DISGUST ME!

      1. Thomas, I am 72 and very disabled from a stroke but am not “weaponless”!!!!! I don’t care if they scrutinize everything I post because I defy their satanic intent!!!!! I WILL NOT COMPLY with anything they order that goes against the Constitution and my GOD GIVEN RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!

    2. Bob 68, you are absolutely correct on every point made!!!!! The gop establishment wants devildemocommiecrats to be in control so they can continue the subterfuge of conspiring with them while blustering and bleating meaningless “protestations” of devildemocommiecrat actions they actually support and help implement!!!!!!!!!! Hitlery is a TRAITOR selling America to enrich themselves!!!!!!!!!