By Duncan Smith
The Republican Party is truly at a crossroads again after losing it all, quote unquote, in November.
But this time around, the party’s elders won’t get to decide which direction the party will take next.
In the past, the RINO establishment has always taken the road most traveled because they are part of the Washington political establishment.
When Ronald Reagan showed the GOP how to win with big, bold conservative ideas, Republican establishmentarians thanked him by nominating his RNIO VP, George H. W. Bush, and returned to establishment ways.
They then lost to Bill Clinton, one of the most morally bankrupt men ever to run for the office.
Next, the Tea Party populist conservative movement gave the GOP control of Congress during the most radically left (at the time) administration ever — that of Barack Obama’s regime.
The establishment thanked the populist conservative movement again by nominating John Boehner to be House Speaker followed by Paul Ryan; in between, we got Mitt Romney as our presidential nominee.
Then along came Donald Trump and everything changed.
His presence, his personality was so strong and so dominant, his support among the GOP electorate never waned, never wavered.
In fact, the more guff and pushback he got from the Democrat left and the deep state, the stronger his base of support got. The more they pushed back with him.
And now, without question, the GOP is his. It’s the new populist right and after being screwed over for a decade by the RINO establishment, there is no way GOP voters are going to let them take the party away again — from them. From Trump.
A new poll released on Friday makes the point about who the GOP belongs to now, in the age of Trump.
It’s not the RINOs.
Rasmussen Reports conducted a favorability survey among congressional members on Friday in which Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at 29 percent beat out Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at 33 percent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at 34 percent, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at 37 percent for the lowest favorability rating in Congress.
The survey indicated that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had a 43 percent favorability rating, a larger number than any congressional leader. Thirty-five percent had an unfavorable view of him.
Rasmussen noted that McCarthy’s favorability rating might represent his unfamiliarity with voters.
McCarthy is a Trump ally; McConnell trashed the president following the riot at the Capitol Building last month that he didn’t incite.
The GOP establishment no longer has control over the direction of the party. Finally, GOP voters do.
Lindsey Graham figured that out about four years ago.
The rest of the RINO swamp…didn’t.