I agree with a lot of what Norm Ornstein says here but where I would disagree with him is as it relates to the Conservative movement. Which in a lot of ways is led today by Rand Paul at least in a Conservative-Libertarian sense. Of someone who wants big government out of our wallets, bedrooms, classrooms and boardrooms. Which is why the Christian-Right and Neoconservatives do not like him and why Libertarians aren’t in love with him at least yet. At least the Anarcho-Libertarians led by Ron Paul who seem to be antigovernment all around. But that is just one example of the right-wing in America. Then you go to the Libertarians the Gary Johnson’s of the world who combine both Liberal and Libertarian thinking as it. Relates to personal and economic freedom and then you go to the Ron Paul Anarcho-Libertarians who at times sound more like. Anarchists than they do Libertarians. And then of course you have the Confederate wing of the GOP not just regionally but ideologically as well who are. Still fighting the civil war as well as the culture war made up of the Christian-Right and Neoconservatives.
John Boehner the Speaker of the House of Representatives doesn’t have the hardest job in Congress. Because he’s Speaker of the House but he’s the leader of this entire spectrum on the right-wing. All of these right-wing elements in the GOP are in his caucus. Mitch McConnell the Senate Minority Leader has these issues as well. But his members represent states and tend not to be as far to the right especially on social issues. Because not all of his members represent the Bible Belt and have to represent a broader base of their states. And then you have the Northeastern-Conservatives the Olympia Snowe’s of the world who are basically Reagan or Goldwater Republicans. That both Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell represent which I believe along with the Conservative-Libertarians are the future. Of the Republican Party and where they need to be ideologically to be a major party in the future.
So in this sense at least Norm Ornstein is right that the Republican Party is not so much a political party anymore. But an association of different right-wing parties and is why the House Republican Conference is so divided right now. Because Speaker Boehner has to approve legislation that represents all of these different political factions. Of people who see compromise as surrendering and makes legislating very difficult.