The Republicans accelerate their downward spiral

Robert Reich said it right in this Huffington Post article:

It's as if they didn't learn a thing from the 2012 elections. Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before -- trying to block immigration reform (if they can't scuttle it in the Senate, they're ready to in the House), roll back the clock on abortion rights (they're pushing federal and state legislation to ban abortions in the first 22 weeks), and stop gay marriage wherever possible.

As almost everyone knows by now, this puts them on the wrong side of history. America is becoming more ethnically diverse, women are gaining economic and political power, and young people are more socially libertarian than ever before.

Why can't Republicans learn?

It's no answer to say their "base" -- ever older, whiter, more rural and male -- won't budge. The Democratic Party of the 1990s simply ignored its old base and became New Democrats, spearheading a North American Free Trade Act (to the chagrin of organized labor), performance standards in classrooms (resisted by teachers' unions) and welfare reform and crime control (upsetting traditional liberals).

The real answer is the Republican base is far more entrenched, institutionally, than was the old Democratic base. And its power is concentrated in certain states -- most of the old Confederacy plus Arizona, Alaska, Indiana, and Wisconsin -- which together exert more of a choke-hold on the Republican national party machinery than the old Democrats, spread widely but thinly over many states, exerted on the Democratic Party.

These Republican states are more homogenous and conspicuously less like the rest of America than the urbanized regions of the country that are growing more rapidly. Senators and representatives from these states naturally reflect the dominant views of their constituents -- on immigration, abortion, and gay marriage, as well as guns, marijuana, race, and dozens of other salient issues. But these views are increasingly out of step with where most of the nation is heading.

I basically agree that the GOP is on a kamikase mission toward oblivion. Do you agree?

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Comment by CJoe on June 19, 2013 at 6:32pm

I sure hope so.

Comment by _Robert_ on June 19, 2013 at 6:54pm

But Hillary can't see Russia from her house...

Comment by Unseen on June 19, 2013 at 7:09pm

A big disadvantage should Sarah Palin decide to run next time. (Oh, I hope she does!)

Comment by Adam on June 19, 2013 at 7:09pm

Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before -- trying to block immigration reform (if they can't scuttle it in the Senate, they're ready to in the House)

As almost everyone knows by now, this puts them on the wrong side of history. America is becoming more ethnically diverse, women are gaining economic and political power, and young people are more socially libertarian than ever before

That is no excuse to support a bill that awards illegal immigration. 

Although I agree in terms of new emerging demographics, Republicans are far behind representing what the country nowadays look like/

Comment by Adam on June 19, 2013 at 7:20pm

GOP lawmaker cites fetal masturbation in defense of late-term abortion ban

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/abortion/306289-gop-lawmaker-c... 

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), a former OB/GYN, suggested Monday that he has witnessed "movements that are purposeful" in fetuses entering the second trimester.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby," Burgess said. "They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

LOL how idiotic

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 19, 2013 at 10:13pm

Never underestimate a redneck's propensity to vote against his own self interest when one of his bigotries is at risk.

Comment by Unseen on June 19, 2013 at 10:13pm

That is no excuse to support a bill that awards illegal immigration. 

There's no bill yet. Unless I've missed something.

Comment by Unseen on June 19, 2013 at 10:16pm

As for Rep. Burgess's ridiculous assertion that male babies jack off in the womb, you'd think the word would be out now to stay away from the abortion and rape topics, especially if the Republican in question is a middle-aged or elderly white male.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on June 20, 2013 at 1:18am

The problem with the GOP is that the future always looks like the past.

Consider the year 2000. Low unemployment. Balanced budget. Strong economy. The Republicans take over, look around, and say gosh, now is the perfect time for:

  • Sweeping deregulation and lax enforcement.
  • Trillion-dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
  • Billions of dollars in new spending (all unfunded because they can't raise taxes).
  • Slapping down the uppity women, immigrants, gays, and racial minorities.
  • Savage cuts in social programs that help children and the elderly.
  • Expansion of corporate welfare programs at taxpayer expense.

The result was the near-collapse of the commercial banking, investment banking, and insurance industries, a doubling of the national debt, and the destruction of the real estate market, 30,000 businesses, and 20 million American jobs.

Before the GOP's deregulation scheme, the super-rich CEOs who caused the financial crisis collectively would have received several thousand years in prison. Instead they received million-dollar bonuses and the $700 billion TARP bailout, on top of the massive tax cuts they'd already been given.

Jump forward to 2008. The GOP crackpots look around and say gosh what a mess. So they produce the Tea Party and demand an injection of fresh ideas into conservative politics, such as:

  • Sweeping deregulation and lax enforcement.
  • Trillion-dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
  • Billions of dollars in new spending (all unfunded because they can't raise taxes).
  • Slapping down the uppity women, immigrants, gays, and racial minorities.
  • Savage cuts in social programs that help children and the elderly.
  • Expansion of corporate welfare programs at taxpayer expense.

The GOP loses big, and Obama is elected.

Jump ahead to 2012. The GOP looks around and says gosh, Obama really isn't picking up this mess fast enough. We need change for America, something that'll really get this country back on track. So Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan produce a batch a new ideas they say will solve all of our problems:

  • Sweeping deregulation and lax enforcement.
  • Trillion-dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
  • Billions of dollars in new spending (all unfunded because they can't raise taxes).
  • Slapping down the uppity women, immigrants, gays, and racial minorities.
  • Savage cuts in social programs that help children and the elderly.
  • Expansion of corporate welfare programs at taxpayer expense.

The GOP loses big again and Obama is re-elected.

Look ahead to 2016. I'm sure Bobby Jindal and the other "new stars" of the GOP will come up with some kind of fresh, new platform to run on. Care to guess what it'll be?

That's the problem. The product is ideological dogma ("Norquist pledge!") so nothing changes but the euphemism for it ("compassionate conservative!").

Meanwhile the GOP has split. We have the marginalized 'traditional' GOP which was capable of occasional reason, competence and compromise. Then we have the mainstream 'crackpot' GOP-- the Tea Party-- which is incapable of reason, competence or compromise. As such the GOP ultimately faces a choice between running a 'smart liar' or an 'honest dingbat'.

Mitt Romney in 2012 was the 'smart liar' model. He has the political record of a traditional moderate Republican. He doesn't run with the Tea Party nutbags. But he needs their votes. So he lies to them ("severely conservative!") and puts a Tea Party crackpot in his stable ("Meet my good buddy, Paul Ryan!") and reverses course ("Sure I passed RomneyObamacare, but now I'm against it!")  Romney isn't one of them, so he must pretend he's one of them. This hurt him badly: he seemed wooden and insincere (moreso than usual) so voters didn't trust him.

Sarah Palin was the 'honest dingbat' model. She sincerely believes the moronic things she says ("death panels!") so she comes across as more genuine and honest. Thus the Tea Party crackpots adore her. But traditional Republicans, independents, and swing voters don't like stupidity, even when sincerely presented. (The 'Driving Miss Crazy' bus tour was cute but ugh!)

So they're stuck. How do they appeal to both groups within the split GOP without alienating the crucial swing voters? The answer is, at least for now: they don't. I think the GOP will keep trotting out the 'smart liar' models for the Presidential elections. A truly exceptional liar has a better chance of winning than a truly embarrassing honest dingbat.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on June 20, 2013 at 5:05am

The sooner the Tea Party is consigned to the dustbin of history, the better.   The same can be said for the present incarnation of the Republican party.  These people learn nothing.  They are so against welfare for the poor, but have no problem with welfare in the form of tax cuts for the wealthy.

They are a plague on the country.

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