Neither Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan Could Get Elected By GOP Now
Vic Gold discusses what happened to the Republican Party
17 Mar, 2016, 11:41 ET
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emphatically stating that well respected Republican leaders of the past like Senator Barry Goldwater and President Ronald Reagan could not get elected in the current climate of the GOP, conservative consultant Vic Gold says that neither would even try.
Gold -- who served as a press secretary to Barry Goldwater in 1964 and has a long, distinguished history in conservative political circles -- discussed the current state of the party and how things have gotten to the point they are at now in a Focus Washington interview with Chuck Conconi.
"The breakdown of the republican party starts with Newt Gingrich and the 104th Congress in 1994." The party's polarization started when Gingrich and Republican members of Congress spent their time focused on government shut downs and impeaching Bill Clinton. According to Gold that injected a venom into the party that has snowballed into vicious partisan politics.
Gold has lived through 24 elections and knows what a conservative stands for. In referencing the current candidates he says, "[T]hese people are not conservatives… they are practically anarchists."
Along these same lines, Gold labels the current crop of Republicans as largely "anti-liberals" who have have little in common with traditional conservatives. The dissolution of the Republican party is a reflection of America's modern political fiber; and while the GOP has broken down he questions how the Democratic party could only come up with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as candidates. He laments, "Where are the Democratic leaders today?"
Moreover, Gold asserts that each party has contributed to the rise of Donald Trump and his domination of the GOP. The political system used to let politicians enter the presidential race despite financial status and now democrats such as Joe Biden don't enter because he "doesn't have the money". He points to Bernie Sanders' candidacy as an ideal scenario for elections, "He doesn't have the money but he [runs] anyway—we used to have that."
See the full interview: http://www.focuswashington.com/2016/03/15/analyzing-the-precarious-state-of-the-republican-party/
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