|| by Will Galloway ||
Columbia- Yesterday, the people of The Commonwealth of Kentucky have elected Matt Bevin to be their next Governor. This is a huge win for conservatives everywhere, but a crushing blow for two groups of people: Southern Democrats and Establishment Republicans.
Bevin was Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger last year, and only won his gubernatorial primary by 83 votes. The Republican Governor’s Association pulled funding for him last month. Establishment republicans fought him every step of the way, but Bevin fought hard and won.
The symptoms of the establishment’s death have been apparent since at least July 19th, when outsider candidate Donald Trump first took the lead in the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls. Since then, Trump and Ben Carson have commanded the election, while establishment candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have either floundered or plummeted completely.
This marks a stark contrast from just last year, when establishment favorite Mitt Romney easily held off movement conservatives Rick Santorum (whom we have endorsed for 2016) and Newt Gingrich.
Bevin, along with now-Congressman Dave Brat besting of the sitting majority leader of the House in a primary election last year, were the final nails in the coffin of the Republican Establishment.
Yes, the Republican Establishment is dead. The future of conservatism is now in our hands as the grassroots.