Commentary | GOP Infighting: Blame The Open Primaries!

Editorial 

By Mike Smith

Michael Reagan blames Republican Party political infighting on former President Donald Trump. This is irresponsible; it only helps America’s enemies. And it avoids the real reason. Why, you may ask?

In his ‘GOP Has to Wise Up Fast’ opinion piece, Michael Reagan would have us believe the party’s “intra-party squabbles” are because of Mr. Trump.

Word-for-word, here is what Michael Reagan said:

Instead of concentrating on retaking the House next year and regaining control of the Senate, the GOP is looking backwards and engaging in intra-party squabbles.

Instead of uniting to attack —and stop— President Biden’s plans to turn the U.S. into the United Socialist States of America, the GOP is still fighting over the results of the 2020 election.

The party’s leaders aren’t able to take advantage of Biden’s early blunders because of one man — Donald Trump.” (Bold added).

This was a lie on May 7, and it is still a lie.

The GOP’s intra-party squabbles and ‘looking backwards’ habit cannot be blamed on any one person.

Yes, the Republican Party’s intra-party squabbles are ensuring a failure to effectively stop President Biden. But the reason is the systemic failure that is open Republican primary elections — the fatal electoral flaw whereby non-Republican voters vote for Republican incumbents in 45 of the 50 states.

Thanks to this flaw, the Republican base ends up well to the right of most Republican lawmakers every two years. As any fair-minded person can imagine, this may lead to an intra-party squabble or two (or more). And it does — all the time. Naturally, America’s enemies use the squabbles to their advantage.

Across America, liberals and leftists freely elect and re-elect verifiable Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) in every one of the open state GOP primaries. This utterly minimizes the amount of effort America’s most incapable, cowardly, Democrat-useful politicians require to win re-election.

As a result (except for Oklahoma, Utah, Kentucky, Florida and South Dakota), RINO incumbents can be continually re-elected by non-Republican voters Primary after Primary. Thus the majority of the GOP’s constitutionalist voter base stays disenfranchised. Idaho Republican Party primaries are currently closed, but not by law. In Texas, voter party preference is not even verifiable apart from individual primary voting records!

Michael Reagan begins his ‘GOP Has to Wise Up Fast’ piece with, “Decades ago my sister Maureen used to call the Republican Party “The Stupid Party.”

If the Republican Party is still “The Stupid Party”, it is because of insiders who waste time attacking one man — instead of closing the 45 open state GOP primary elections. Put together, these myriad vulnerabilities are the virus in the Republican Party’s system. It will kill the host if not cured in time.

Mike Smith was a 23 year resident of Camarillo


The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.


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