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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Why the Republicans Are Failing

Senator Graham's comment to the Washington Post, August 29, 2012.

Excerpt from an excellent post by Josh Marshall at TPM:
The Republican Party has a problem, but it is not one candidate; it is not packaging or branding; it is not messaging that is sinking the GOP. It is the core beliefs of the vast majority of Republicans.

Their problem is their war on women; war on gays; war on minorities. It is their war on science and math and logic and education and reality. It is listening to nuckle heads like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter and Donald Trump. It is allowing entertainers to determine the direction and policy positions of a major political party. It is following the teaching of extremist religions leaders like the US Catholic Bishops.

But most of all, it is the GOP’s utter lack of respect for anyone who is not like them; supporting an idiot obscure congressman who shouts “You lie” at the President of the United States during the State of the Union Address. Not repudiating truly crazy people who cling to the thumbless notion that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. It is supporting an insane governor who waves her finger publicly in the face of the President because he rejects her lunatic positions. When the GOP allows or supports these actions, they are condoning disrespect for the majority of Americans who are not aging white men.

Ultimately the Republicans now show Romney the same disrespect and loathing it has for anyone they don’t believe is part of the “Real America.”

That is why the GOP is failing. Not because Romney ran an unsuccessful campaign.


Grandmère Mimi said...

Wow! That is good. Thanks for calling my attention to Josh's post. I've read his blog since way back when it was a one-man operation in the previous century, and he answered my emails promptly. Now I don't even write him emails, since he runs an empire, and a good one.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Well, I see it's not Josh who wrote the commentary. It's still excellent.

Frank said...

I guess that's not mincing words.

Nikolaos said...

It was Nixon who started the Repub's drift to anti-intellectualism and hostility to science by calling his opponents "pointy-headed intellectuals". It was Karl Rove who thought that dividing the populace more aggressively in particular by using the wedge politics of gay marriage would help Repubs win. And it was the Tea Party numpties who drove the Repubs even further to the right. For a while all this 17th century stupidity worked. But the ethos is changing. We have passed a tipping point on gay marriage. Unless the Repubs shift they will be reduced to a rump party in the old south.

Davis said...

Very impressive and clearheaded.

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