Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The end of the Republican Party?

Yesterday, the Republicans lost the presidency again. They also lost a bunch of the Senate races. Yes, they did retain control of the House but their hold there is tenuous once Democrats learn that they must vote every two years.

But Republicans are showing that they haven't learned anything about the new America. It will no longer bow to the will of "angry white guys" a term that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has used. People want compromise. So what does Republican senator Mitch McConnell have to say after the election? After all, this was a guy who said the goal of the Republicans was to deny President Obama a second term. Here's what he said today.

"The voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the President’s first term, they have simply given him more time to finish the job they asked him to do together with a Congress that restored balance to Washington after two years of one-party control. Now it’s time for the President to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely-divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office. To the extent he wants to move to the political center, which is where the work gets done in a divided government, we’ll be there to meet him half way. That begins by proposing a way for both parties to work together in avoiding the ‘fiscal cliff’ without harming a weak and fragile economy, and when that is behind us work with us to reform the tax code and our broken entitlement system. Republicans are eager to hear the President’s proposals on these and many other pressing issues going forward and to do the work the people sent us here to, do.”

Yep, Mitch showed some real class. NOT. How about the Republicans moving to the center, Mitch?

But it doesn't look like the Republicans have learned their lesson. The country is not all that conservative or all that white. It's not a good time to be a racist. At the University of Mississippi, students rioted Obama's victory. There were chants of racial epithets against Obama and blacks. And what about the Tea Party? The local greater Cincinnati Tea Party issued a statement and it's not comforting.

“the world mourns the loss of America. Socialists, welfare and unions took over this country yesterday. Today I wear black. The day America died. ....Today we mourn the loss of our country. Today the takers clearly outnumber the makers. Government has grown to take over this country instead of a government of the people. Reasons for this loss of our freedom can be found in all national, statewide and local candidate and tax issues. ....We will be a socialist nation within months. However, a revolution is rising and all those elected officials that are blind to what they have done to this country should be encouraged to become enlightened, should be encouraged to step down and should not be reelected.”

Look, when the base of the Republican Party won't moderate and has moved to the far right, the Republican Party will go the way of the dodo bird. This country is not as conservative as the party would have you believe. It's clearly not the crazy right-wing that dominates the party. How did hard right-wingers like Todd Akin,Richard Mourdock and Joe Walsh do? They all lost. Heck, Akin's senate opponent, Claire McCaskill bought ads supporting Akin in his primary fight. She wanted to run against the right-wing yahoo.

Republicans should realize this. The country is no longer dominated by angry white men. It's more liberal than they could imagine. If they can't even embrace the true libertarian streak of the father of conservatism Barry Goldwater and moderate their views, then it's over for the Republican Party.

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