If Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden is elected President, the two people most responsible will be Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The two leading elected Republicans will have put a pathological liar, a Socialist or a pugnacious liberal in the White House.
Let’s begin with a look at the Democratic field. You know all about Hillary. I do not need to remind you of her record. She has one declared challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Bernie is the only Socialist ever to be elected to the Senate. Bernie is, by his own words, a radical.
Currently, Vice President Joe Biden is considering a run for the Democratic nomination. Joe is commonly known for his gaffes and inappropriate comments. However, politically he has been a powerful liberal street-fighter. It was Biden who led the effort to deny Robert Bork a seat on the Supreme Court. And when Bork was rejected by the Senate, the person who took his place on the Court was Anthony Kennedy, the Justice who greatly expanded abortion and who was primarily responsible for manufacturing a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage.
Many observers would consider Hillary, Bernie and Joe a very weak trio of candidates. Yet, one of them may be inaugurated President due to the Congressional leadership of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
Republicans voters are different from Democratic voters. Studies of past elections tell us that regardless of who the Democratic candidate is, virtually all Democrats vote for that candidate. Not so, with Republicans.
Those who vote Republican tend to be motivated by principle. Surveys show that Republican voters are generally conservative, individualistic and well-informed. Unlike Democrats, many Republicans will not vote for a candidate who does not represent Republican principles.
Those principles are defined by the Platform of the Republican Party. Among an array of issues, the Platform calls for an end to illegal immigration, an end to reckless spending, the repeal of Obamacare, the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the defense of traditional marriage.
Republican politicians are representatives of those who elect them and they are accountable for their actions.
Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have opposed by their actions all the key positions of the Republican Party. In doing so, they have caused millions of conservative voters to reject the Party and move to Independent status.
There are millions of voters who were once dependable supporters of the Republican Party. Yet today, they have abandoned the Party because McConnell and Boehner have betrayed the principles they pledged to uphold.
For many, the Republican Party of McConnell and Boehner has become a Washington based subsidiary of the US Chamber of Commerce.
Here is the antidote to the disaffection. If the Republican candidate for President is to be elected, he or she must be the polar opposite to the DC Republicans. The candidate must demonstrate by actions that he or she will overcome the perfidious influence of the Congressional leaders.
If a Republican candidate is to prevail, then he or she must campaign not only against the Democrats, but must forcefully campaign against McConnell and Boehner. It will not be enough to remain silent on the Congressional leaders. Only a mega-decibel distinction will be sufficient.
The good news is that a well articulated campaign, backed by a record of achievement, will, most likely, result in victory. You should think about that when you vote in the Primary on March 1st.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.