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‘GOP Has No Leaders’-Narrative Getting Old

November 30, 2009

Donny Deutsch is host of The Entrepreneurs, a primetime special profiling the success stories of America’s entrepreneurs on CNBC. I thought I would introduce him to you because I didn’t know who he was until he appeared on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” today, and I assume you haven’t heard of him before either.

As said, despite him being an absolute nobody, hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough invited Deutsch to appear on their show nonetheless. ‘Why?’ I wondered, ‘why would they invite somebody no one has ever heard of?’ The answer to my question came after only a few minutes: that’s when Deutsch joined the two hosts in badmouthing the Republican Party.

The GOP lacks leaders, or so they said. It’s a party without a face. There isn’t anyone standing up, the party is like a ship without a rudder. Polls show that even a significant part of Republican voters believe the party is moving in the wrong direction. Etc. yada yada, you know the drill.

Now, I obviously don’t disagree with the notion that the Republican lacks one, real leader. But unlike what Brzezinski, Deutsch and Scarborough would have you believe, there’s nothing strange about that. The GOP is the minority party in both houses of Congress and there’s a Democrat living in the White House. Like any party in this position in history – yes, Democrats included – there isn’t one specific Republican who takes charge of his (or her) party. If there was, there would be no need for primaries for the election for president in 2012. They could just appoint the party’s presidential nominee and get it over with.

Furthermore, although there isn’t a Leader of the Republican Party, there are leaders (multiple). Who? Well, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin for one. She may not unite the entire base, but that’s quite normal considering the fact that elections for president are still three years off. Another leader of the party is Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty. Then there are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his number two Jon Kyl, and House Minority Leader John Boehner and Whip Eric Cantor. Again, none of these Republicans are The Leader of the party, but they are, without a doubt, its leaders.

I understand the ‘the GOP has no leaders’-narrative is a great way to discredit the party, but it’s really getting old. And considering it’s also untrue, the MSM might consider coming up with a new one that will, at the very least, be different than the one they have been pushing for the last couple of months.

  1. Paul permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:07 pm

    During the American Revolution, they didn’t know who the LEADER was. Was is Benjamin Franklin (statesman, getting help from France), or George Washington (general, leading the forces). Most will say, hands down George Washington, mainly due to that he was the 1st U.S. President. You had many leaders during the American Revolution. When there is a minority in politics, they isn’t one leader, always many leaders. But during when the minority becomes the majority, that’s when the leader of whatever party became the majority shows themselves. Before 2006, I had no idea who Nancy Pelosi was, now, I know her, and she scares me (I’m a big guy, and her face is creepy). If the Republicans win in 2010 (in the U.S. House of Representatives and/or the U.S. Senate), a leader will be shown. In the 1994″Republican Revolution”, Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was the leader of the party. After the Great Depression in 1929, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the leader of the party in 1932.

  2. icanhasbailout? permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:51 pm

    Let’s be serious here.

    Palin – a celebrity, not a leader. A leader doesn’t let a ethics-complaint-filing crank hound her out of the office of Governor. Couldn’t take the heat in a 250k population state, is not going to make it as a national leadership figure.

    Pawlenty – he’s a maybe. But he has no national following. Might be able to build one.

    Boehner, McConnell – these are the kind of guys the base is trying to get rid of. They lead other politicians by definition of their positions, but are not the kind of leader that is going to get national support.

    Cantor – slightly better than the previous two, but has serious charisma problems. Plus, there’s no way the GOP is going to nominate a Jew for President. It’s just not going to happen.

    Which leaves us with… who? Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, a couple of guys who are in it for the money?

    No, the REAL leader the GOP needs to look to is Senator Jim DeMint, who is the only major figure in the party to show he actually ‘gets it’. At the very least he deserves a prominent mention in any discussion of actual leadership.

    • The Inquisitor permalink
      December 1, 2009 12:05 pm

      “Plus, there’s no way the GOP is going to nominate a Jew for President.”

      They nominated Barry Goldwater.

      • F. Swemson permalink
        December 1, 2009 12:16 pm

        Barry Goldwater wasn’t Jewish, he was an Episcopalian.

        In the Jewish family, a child’s religion is determined by his or her mother’s faith, NOT the father’s. He used to say he was Jewish on occasion when discussing political matters relevant to faith, mostly to make a point, but occasionally in jest as well.

        • Fritz Becker permalink
          December 1, 2009 5:48 pm

          [Quote] Cantor – slightly better than the previous two, but has serious charisma problems. Plus, there’s no way the GOP is going to nominate a Jew for President. It’s just not going to happen.[Quote]

          What are you trying to infer? That the Republican party is inherently anti Semitic? Out of the two parties one has consistently stood up for the state of Israel, the other has consistently browbeaten her into surrendering her lands to appease Islamists bent on her destruction. At the same time guess which party Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakhan, both vitriolic Jew haters, consistently back, and it isn’t the GOP?

          [Quote]Which leaves us with… who? Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, a couple of guys who are in it for the money?[Quote]
          Another Liberal cop-out! Given the abuse, threats, and groundless legal prosecution that these men have had to endure if it was only money that they were after there are much easier ways to do it then to go into an industry dominated by people who loath you.

          [Quote]No, the REAL leader the GOP needs to look to is Senator Jim DeMint, who is the only major figure in the party to show he actually ‘gets it’. At the very least he deserves a prominent mention in any discussion of actual leadership.[Quote]

          Jim who? That’s what most people would ask. With the exception of the current incumbent of the Oval Office (look how he has turned out) senators do not have a great track record of success in presidential campaigns. Most successful presidential candidates have either been vice presidents or state governors for the simple reason that administrative experience is an asset for carrying out the job. Anyhow given most of what you have said so far any suggestions from you regarding credible leadership candidates should be taken with a grain of salt.

          • F. Swemson permalink
            December 1, 2009 6:10 pm

            Well said Fritz !

            You might disagree with the following idea, but I think you’ve just made the best argument for the platform that I hope to see in 2012:

            PETRAEUS & PALIN, with John Bolton as Secretary of State,

            The only way we can get past the long held prejudices of both sides of the aisle is to go with someone from outside the beltway with wisdom, a great reputation, outstanding management credentials, and the skills necessary to be a REAL Commander in Chief.

            We tend to forget President Eisenhower who was a pretty darn good president. And when you think about it, you have to agree that the threat that the entire world is facing from Islamic Extremists right now is at least as serious if not even greater than the threat that Hitler posed to the world.

            BTW: Did you know that Gen Petraeus holds a PhD in International relations ?

  3. November 30, 2009 5:02 pm

    MSNBC and the DNC (is there any difference?) are hankering for a Republican leader because they so need a foil to deflect from their disastrous policies. FDR managed to make Hoover the icon of Republican failure for decades after the Democrat dictator died. It’s better not to have such a conspicuous leader and play into the DNC’s very obvious bait.
    It’s so tiresome to listen to “advice” from DNC operatives as to how Republicans can rebuild their image. These leftist pundits constantly project their own fears and inadequacies onto their opponents. Republicans always know they are on the right tract when they are chastised by these ever so helpful critics. You think that some of these windbags would try something interesting like reverse psychology or perhaps the truth.

  4. themadjewess permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:32 pm

    What is really something else, is that the left wants to totally bury the GOP and get the last step of the 1963 goal up and going, (gaining control of BOTH parties) so they can tell us peons here in the real world how to live our lives, because we are so incapable of doing so…

    The irony in this whole situation is that the GOP has not had control of the house and senate since 2006. Meanwhile, everything is so screwed up, and it is the fault of serious leftism, blaming Bush and the GOP.. this is the way these nuts fight, and actually win.. What are they going to do with nobody else left to blame??

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:39 pm

      Hopefully, that doesn’t happen, but I know a lot of folks who would donate rope and Navy Seals who would show them how to make a noose.

    • David permalink
      December 1, 2009 10:19 am


      Actually the same could be said back when Bush and Cheney took office. There was an awful lot of talk about how the Republicans were going to make the Democratic party irrelevant.

      So much of what I read is just rehashed rhetoric from the party and it’s supporters who are out of power.

      The truth is we haven’t had any real leaders (Democratic or Republican) for sometime now. Many voters cast their vote against the candidate they don’t want!

      icanhasbailout? was pretty much right on the money as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Sydelle Rothstein permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:41 pm

    Who in the Democrat Party ever heard of Barack Hussein Obama mentioned in 2005, three years before the 2008 election, as a leader or presidential candidate?????? We have a number of potential leaders in the GOP. Time will tell who will be the real Leader, and who will be the GOP “Pied Piper” who will sink the rats and restore the Constitution and the United States of America!

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 30, 2009 8:46 pm

      Let’s hope there’s something left that can be restored.

  6. Janet permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:54 am

    Good heavens, there’s three years left before we can replace Obama and his many czars. I think it’s great that we have that time to discern the qualities and characteristics of the numerous people mentioned above (although it’s more than worrisome that we have to watch our beloved country suffer under the present influence for those years, I will admit). The only paragraph I agreed with at all in icanhasbailout?’s commentary was the last one regarding Jim DeMint, who, I agree, has much potential, along with all of the above-mentioned others. I don’t think the GOP is lacking in leadership at all; I think we are extremely fortunate to have a plethora of talent and, more importantly, character, something quite lacking in today’s “leadership”.

    • December 1, 2009 6:33 am

      Amen, Janet…character in leadership is what the country needs now, so that the Americans can have some confidence in their leaders again. I don’t care what the Leftist smartiepants have to say about that.

      • Carterthewriter permalink
        December 1, 2009 8:11 am

        The character is in the people, not the individual. Many commenters have demonstrated that right here.

  7. Larry L permalink
    December 1, 2009 7:20 am

    Danny who?

  8. The Inquisitor permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:09 pm

    Isabel Paterson (The God of the Machine)
    When the word leader, or leadership, returns to current use, it connotes a relapse into barbarism. For a civilized people, it is the most ominous word in any language.

  9. Fritz Becker permalink
    December 1, 2009 5:12 pm

    If you have people with sound conservative/libertarian core principles to guide your party, and as a basis to form policy, then the issue of who the leader is is less critical then for a party that is a composite of left wing lobby and social activist groups who require a cult of personality, graft, and payouts, to hold them together.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      December 3, 2009 9:07 pm

      Agreed Fritz…

      But we still need to find someone electable with broad personal appeal…

      I think everyone knows by now, that good looks and a great speaking style goes a lot further with the general electorate than anything that most of these candidates ever say.

      Obama’s the best example of all, he never said one thing that meant anything at all, in the entire campaign…..

  10. Curt Cowan permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:32 pm

    Deutsch hosts a show called “The Big Idea” that champions entrepeneurship. He is well known amongst entrepeneurs… you know, the people who are out there trying to build something. If you don’t believe me, ask a few of them.

  11. marineseabee permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:38 pm

    You never heard of Donny Deutsch? I saw him on his CNBC show over two, maybe three, years ago.
    As far as the GOP not having any leaders, who put Michael Steele as the “leader” of the Republican Party? He is another RINO in my eyes.

  12. Janet permalink
    December 4, 2009 5:39 am

    I disagree with Swemson on his last statemet. Obama said a number of things that should have made many of those who voted for him wake up and realize how far left he really is. Glen Beck has shown a number of tapes proving this point. But,of course, that just proves your argument that a pretty face and a charming demeanor are what gets one elected in today’s world. A pity, isn’t it.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      December 4, 2009 2:24 pm


      That was a pretty cool comment…

      It reminded me of John Kerry for a moment, but unlike him, you arrived at the RIGHT conclusion at the end.


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