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 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.

Comment by Unseen on June 20, 2013 at 8:24am

THIS JUST IN!

Those Republican men continue to feed their party's death wish with outrageous comments about women and minorities. In this case, the victim is a fellow rRepublican who is both female and black.

gty erika harold tk 130619 wblog Former Miss America Called Street Walker by Local GOP Leader

A former Miss America winner who is now a GOP candidate for Congress was called a string of profane names today, including “street walker,”  ”love child” and “Miss Queen. ” Her attacker? A local Republican Party chairman in central Illinois.

Erika Harold, the 2003 winner of the Miss America contest, announced two weeks ago that she was running from  Illinois’ 13th District. Her decision to challenge Rep. Rodney Davis in the Republican primary has divided some local party members and prompted the name-calling. A full account of the episode first  appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Harold, a 33-year-old graduate of Harvard Law School, is black. The criticism against her – from Jim Allen, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party – carried strong racist overtones.

He launched his criticism in a letter today to Republican News Watch, a local conservative news site. He derided her Miss America platform of advocating for abstinence and against school bullying.

“The little queen touts her abstinence, and she won the crown because she got bullied in school — boohoo, kids are cruel, life sucks and you move on,” Allen wrote. “Now, Miss Queen is being used like a street walker, and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS.”

He went on to call her “the love child of the DNC.”

The editor of Republican News Watch, Doug Ibendahl, said the comments were “outrageous” and underscored “why we as Republicans fail to gain any respect from minority voters.

If the Republicans can't purge these guys between now and 2016, they won't stand a chance, no matter how badly Obama screws things up. Speaking of which: a great subject for another post.

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