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Michael van der Galien

'GOP Has No Leaders'-Narrative Getting Old

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Posted on November 30 2009 3:24 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.

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.

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