Wait And See

An announcement letter in The Washington Post yesterday caught my eye.  The letter was written by a number of Republicans, including former members of Congress, cabinet members, and governors, and promises … I’m not sure if they are promising an entirely new party, or simply a more centrist, sensible arm of the Republican Party.

I am, by nature, a skeptic … question everything.  Trust nobody.  However, I am pleased to see that in the wake of the abhorrent treatment the party has heaped on not only Liz Cheney, but all who had the integrity to stand against the former guy and his Big Lie, I’m pleased to see that at least some notables in the GOP are not simply lying down and waiting for the bulldozer to flatten them.  I am, for now, taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude toward the whole thing, but will have more to say as I see the direction this group takes, see if they put their money where their collective mouths are.  Meanwhile, read the letter and check out their mission statement and outline with 152 notable signatories of what they hope to achieve.

The GOP has lost its way. Fellow Americans, join our new alliance.

Opinion by Charlie Dent, Mary Peters, Denver Riggleman, Michael Steele and Christine Todd Whitman

May 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. EDT

Charlie Dent represented Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2005 to 2018. Mary Peters was secretary of transportation during the George W. Bush administration. Denver Riggleman represented Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2019 to 2021. Michael Steele is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Christine Todd Whitman was governor of New Jersey from 1994 to 2001.

The Republican Party made a grievous error this week in ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the House leadership for telling the truth about Donald Trump’s “big lie,” which has wreaked havoc in our democratic republic by casting doubt over the 2020 election.

Cheney rightfully struck back against party leaders and warned about the GOP’s dangerous direction. She is not alone.

Alongside dozens of prominent Republicans, ex-Republicans and independents, we are announcing “A Call for American Renewal,” a nationwide rallying cry against extremist elements within the GOP, and highlighting the urgent need for a new, common-sense coalition.

We urge fellow Americans to join us.

Our alliance includes former governors, members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, state officials, seasoned political strategists and grass-roots leaders dedicated to offering a hopeful, principles-based vision for the country — and ensuring that our votes have decisive impact in key elections across the United States.

We want to give voice to the millions of Americans who feel politically homeless and mobilize them to help chart a new path forward for our country.

It is time for a rebirth of the American cause, which we will pursue in partnership and loyal competition with others committed to the preservation of our Union.

Tragically, the Republican Party has lost its way, perverted by fear, lies and self-interest. What’s more, GOP attacks on the integrity of our elections and our institutions pose a continuing and material threat to the nation.

The Jan. 6 insurrection was a wake-up call for many who had remained loyal to the party, even while harboring concerns about its direction.

Many have since left. The GOP has effectively become a privileged third party, ranking behind independents and Democrats in voter registration.

Meanwhile, Republican legislators are trying to impede voting rights across the country as a last-ditch effort to retain power.

We will not wait forever for the GOP to clean up its act. If we cannot save the Republican Party from itself, we will help save America from extremist elements in the Republican Party.

That means hastening the creation of an alternative: a political movement dedicated to our founding principles and divorced from the GOP’s obsessive cult of personality around a deeply flawed (and twice-impeached) man, whose favorability ratings are reportedly tanking in key swing districts around the country.

We will fight for honorable Republicans who stand up for truth and decency, such as Liz CheneyAdam KinzingerLisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney, to name a few.

But we will not rely on the old partisan playbook. We intend to work across party lines with other Americans to oppose extremists and defend the republic wherever we can.

Together with our patriotic allies in other parties, our movement will stand against fearmongers, conspiracy theorists and the opportunists who seek unbridled power.

We plan to invest in a deeper bench of effective leaders in cities and states across the country while recruiting a new generation of principled, pragmatic citizens to the cause.

Some no doubt will urge us to join the Democratic Party. We believe that inching toward a single-party system would be dangerous and would fail to represent the diverse viewpoints in our nation.

America cannot have just one party committed to preservation of its democratic institutions. There must be at least two, if not more.

With Cheney’s dismissal from House leadership, the battle for the soul of the Republican Party — and our country — is not over. It is just beginning, which is why we are forming a “resistance of the rational” against the radicals.

We still hope for a healthy, thriving Republican Party, but we are no longer holding our breath.

Next month, we will convene a nationwide town hall open to all Americans and featuring current and former U.S. leaders who will lay out where we must go from here, how we can ensure a freer America and how all citizens can join the fight.

Extremists may have fired the first shot in this moral struggle for America’s future, but with truth as our lodestar, those laboring to renew America will fire the last.

14 thoughts on “Wait And See

  1. I was a Republican until the cheeto. I left after stating unequivocally why I was leaving…the xenophobia, the racism, the idolatry of orange baboons. i personally would LOVE to see the rational people begin again…and build a new party based on smaller government interference in state matters. But as long as they use abortion as their platform, or second amendment “rights’ without rational controls, I won’t be joining them.

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    • I didn’t know … or if I knew, I had forgotten … that you were a Republican before the former guy showed up and spoiled the party. Political parties … both of the major ones … have gotten too big and too powerful. Loyalty to party seems to override loyalty to the people of this country. And as we saw with Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and others, if you step outside the box, you’re toast. This is NOT how a democratic republic is supposed to work, and is definitely NOT what the founders had in mind when they drafted the Constitution.

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      • I “was” what was considered a “moderate” repub…then suddenly became a “liberal Republican” even though I had not changed one iota. Then I became a “damned f’ing liberal with a communist bent” to the others in my political party. I still had not changed one iota! Got disgusted and suddenly decided I could not stand the party anymore and started to diligently work for “the enemy”……..sheesh. I’m still me. I still think guns have zero place in a civilized society. I still think abortion is up to each individual WOMAN to choose or not, and I still think we need a Constitutional amendment that says women are equal. all of those ideas used to be “republican” until Uncle Ronnie and his drug-obsessed side-kick got sent to the white house. Suddenly those ideas became too “liberal” for the “modern-day party”. I am happy being an independent now….can vote in both primaries should I choose to..or just the republican one to muck with their numbers.

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        • I fully understand! The bar keeps moving. I was once a moderate, then I found myself further to the left, and now I’m considered a “socialist liberal snowflake” … and proud of it, I must say. Like you, my views haven’t changed, only the names associated with my views. And also like you, I am an independent, choosing not to be fully affiliated with either party, but fully supporting the majority of the values the Democratic Party stands for. I am appalled by the current GOP and their lack of humanitarianism!

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    152 real Republicans signed this letter! Dare we hope? … “A letter in The Washington Post yesterday caught my eye. The letter was written by a number of Republicans, including former members of Congress, cabinet members, and governors, and promises … I’m not sure if they are promising an entirely new party, or simply a more centrist, sensible arm of the Republican Party.”

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  3. Well, it’s not as if we haven’t said this is what should happen. Finally the brightest of them are coming together to support the sanest of them. Since I feel the GOP have gone too far and the lunatics ar virtually running it, I’d say this third party will probably go ahead. However it’s anyone’s guess how many of the voters still believe the orang man’s lies. I hope Liz Cheney’s removal may just have removed some blindfolds. I wish the new party well and look for a lot of cross party cooperation that favours the whole Country.

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    • Agreed, but I have some reservations (no, not dinner reservations). If their plan is to start a third party, they’re doomed from the start, but my hope would be that they might actually dilute the Republican vote, for surely there are some honest Republicans out there. If they plan this to be a competing branch of the Republican Party, they might be able to gain enough momentum to get a few honest candidates elected next year, but it’ll be tricky. Sadly, I read that some 70% of Republicans, about 28% of the country, have fallen for the Big Lie, hook line & sinker. The key is how to get the facts into their small minds. I’m not sure it’s possible, for they are, as many have said, almost a cult that worships its leader, somewhat reminiscent of Jim Jones’ followers. I hope my cynicism is unjustified and that these people can make a real difference.

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  4. Jill, the saner minds are striking back. The one thing in their favor is the truth. It is hard for the former president and sycophants to keep their stories straight, especially with the fragile ego of the boss who will get folks to change stories if they are not too his liking. Keith

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    • Yes, the expression “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” comes to mind. With another 18 months until election day, I wonder how tangled they will become in the web of their own making by then. My hope for this new group is that they dilute the Republican vote, if nothing else. Surely there are some honest Republican voters out there who are disgusted and fed up with their party regulars? Like the senior citizen who wrote that letter you published … surely there are more like her.


      • Jill, plus what should scare the crap out of the current Republican leadership is they do not know all of the skeletons in the Trump and other’s closet. For example, I am sure they were not anticipating Matt Gaetz unraveling with so quickly with his sexual and financial misconduct. And, the former president has a January 6 commission, and may be indicted for financial issues. Then, some of his sycophants have defamation lawsuits for the bogus election fraud claims. But, this is the wagon the hitched themselves to. Keith

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    • Agreed, but I suppose all things take time, and getting 150 people to agree on how to go about anything is likely a challenge. Heck, I’ll be happy enough if the only thing they accomplish is to dilute the Republican vote!


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