Ed Martin is now Chairman of Missouri’s Republican Party.
Let that sink in for a minute.
The former chairman and the choice preferred by the GOP Establishment lost Saturday to Ed. The entire GOP delegation to Congress lined up behind the other guy. Normally when you are the head of an organization that puts up an epic fail like that suffered in 2012 here in Missouri you are politely invited to find another way to serve. Instead, the GOP-E backed the loser, which goes a long way to explaining how Speaker Bohener still has his job.
See, the establishment is not about winning, they are about not losing and so long as they have a seat at the table, they don’t seem to care about how wrecked everything surrounding the table gets.
Ed has his work cut out for him, but his victory started several years ago with even smaller victories all across the state. Men and women began paying attention. They began getting involved. They began running for the functionary posts that are the beating heart of a functioning political party.
They began to win.
I am as discouraged as anyone about the re-election of Barack Obama, the success of the Democrats and the incompetence of the Republicans, but bear in mind the GOP has only been a principled conservative party since Reagan, and candidly the Establishment has only been conservative enough to keep people like you and me voting for them. We have been bleeding principled conservatives to third parties for decades.
There are at war on the fronts of culture, politics and education. While these are inextricably intertwined, they are distinct enough that we need to look at Ed’s election for MOGOP Chair as an indicator of how the tide can change under the feet of the opponents of freedom. Ed is a marvelous cheerleader, and very generous with his efforts. He’s been behind the scenes of many successful state House and Senate races doing important work increasing our lead in Jefferson City. The farm team he has helped put together is impressive. As Chairman, Ed will put in the time to smarten’ up candidates. Before we know it, the Progressives will not be running against milktoasts, screwballs, mealy-mouths and candy-asses. They’ll be running against men and women who are brave, bold and can communicate, willing to be genuine citizen leaders.
I worked with Ed for over four years, helping him run for the House and Missouri’s Attorney General. I’ve been amazed by his human Energizer Bunny work ethic. The man is a force of nature.
The old guard lacked the needed fighting spirit for our times. We are in an existential battle for the very soul of our nation. Ed said many times that America as we know it is never guaranteed. Every generation must advance it or risk losing it. I am confident now that the uncertain trumpets of the MOGOP will become a thing of the past, and we’ll have the sound of guns to which to ride.