Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The GOP Has A Future... Kind Of


McCain may be the titular head of what's left of the Republican Party after the tsunami of '08 wipes them out a week from today but Republican strategists planning for the future aren't factoring him in at all. Delusional wingnuts may be in for a surprise next week but polling shows that-- short of this kind of widespread Republican voter fraud in Virginia, where the GOP may have given up on McCain and Gilmore but is desperate to save right-wing extremists Thelma Drake and Virgil Goode from surging Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello campaigns, in Ohio, and in Florida, where Republican operative know McCain is going down but where they hope they can save at least one of the 3 crooked reactionary Republicans, the notorious Diaz-Balarts and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, from long overdue political extinction-- McCain's goose is cooked and the situation is getting worse by the day. The goal of McCain's demoralized campaign loyalists (so not treacherous Mormon backstabbers) now is to get out of the 30s and into the 40s.

As a party, the Republican Establishment has written McCain off even before the votes are counted. Their interest in him as part of their future is reflected by his absence from their official website.

So who will pick up the ruins and try to rebuild-- in Congress and at the grassroots level? Yesterday we talked about a poll of far right bloggers that seems to accurately reflect not much-- other than the (extraordinarily narrow) mindset of the Republican base. Giving up on the useless battle to drum up a few extra points to burnish McCain's legacy, serious Republicans are looking past his defeat for who will control the levers of power within the crippled party machinery. It will be a war to the death between the corporate shills (the Greed and Selfishness wing) and the religionists (the Hatred and Bigotry wing), the latter vowing that anyone who thinks the GOP has been extreme so far-- and that would be around 75% of Americans-- ain't seen nothin' yet.
In skirmishes around the country in recent months, evangelicals and others who believe Republicans have been too timid in fighting abortion, gay marriage and illegal immigration have won election to the party's national committee, in preparation for a fight over the direction and leadership of the party.

The growing power of religious conservatives is alarming some moderate Republicans who believe that the party's main problem is that it has narrowed its appeal and alienated too many voters. They cite the aggressive tone of the McCain campaign in challenging Barack Obama, who has close to universal support from African American voters; as well as the push by many Republican leaders to clamp down on illegal immigration using rhetoric that has driven away Latinos.

...A focal point of the GOP fight is the selection of the next chairman of the Republican National Committee -- the party's power center for fundraising and strategic thinking. With various factions already trying to build support for their favored candidates, some conservatives are warning that McCain cannot serve as the party's spiritual guide even if he becomes president. The Arizona senator, after all, has a history of breaking with the party's mainstream on such issues as immigration and campaign financing.

"Committee members want to see our party move forward and be part of a branding process, as opposed to just simply supporting and putting a rubber stamp on the policies of a sitting president," said Robin Smith, chairwoman of the Tennessee state GOP and a supporter of turning the party to the right.

Conservative champion Rush Limbaugh, who often provides the rallying cry to the party's most ardent supporters via his radio program, last week laid out a similar warning, suggesting that a McCain win would do little to deter conservatives from pushing for major changes.

And the really psychotic right-wingers-- the ones who would be Gauleiters, Ortsgruppenleiters and Blockleiters if it was legal-- are already plotting to remodel the GOP around Sarah Palin. "If John McCain loses next week, Sarah Palin 'has absolutely earned a right to run in 2012,' says Greg Mueller, who was a senior aide in the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes. Mueller says Palin has given conservatives 'hope' and 'something to believe in.'" Yes, absolutely.

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At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the Republican Party would look like, if it were stripped of criminals, far-right ideologues, and religious nuts?

A lot smaller, that's for sure. But who knows - maybe it will morph into something useful rather than destructive.

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Charles D said...

The Republicans have 2 paths: go with the religious wingnuts and consign themselves to a permanent minority position, or jettison the wingnuts and try to form a party from the moderates and thinking conservatives and libertarians and pull in the Blue Dog Democrats, which might give them a reasonable base of support.

I would love to see the latter scenario and have the wingnuts form their own wacko party and free the real Democrats to openly support the progressive agenda that most Americans prefer.

At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the upcoming civil war! Much better entertainment that the movies.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the GOP should start cleaning house of the weird and unwholesome elements as have attached themselves thereto.

Especially so the racists, the nativists, the xenophobes and even the Elmer Gantry Theological Institute for Advanced Religiopolitical Thought.

At 9:11 PM, Blogger abi said...

Any how after this election, the GOP
would have to re-invent itself. No
single person should be allowed to
hijack it. McCain's real hopes were in 2004 & his anger is still there.
It shows in the selection of his V.P.
choice, without really consulting his

At 5:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin says that Barack Obama is not being candid with the American public
regarding taxes and associations. But exactly how straight is Sarah Palin being about
those subjects herself? Judge for yourself.

As Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had this to say in Sept 2008:

"Alaska - we're set up unlike other states in the union...collectively
Alaskans own the resources. So we SHARE IN THE WEALTH when the
development of these resources occur."

As Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin associated with the radical
Alaskan Independence Party, of which her husband Todd was
recently a member of for over half a decade, speaking at a conference
in early 2008.

Alaskan Independence from what you might ask?
Alaskan Independence from the U.S.A!!!!
Where I come from that is called treason.

A quote from Joe Vogel, leader of the Alaskan Independence Party:

"I am an Alaskan, NOT an American. I have no use for America or
any of her damned institutions."


At 8:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the Republican Party loses this election next Tuesday, they will ditch Sarah Palin faster than a Jamaican sprinter. The Republican operatives and handlers who have leaked stories about her total ignorance of national and international issues have obviously had lengthy conversations with party leaders about Palin's empty cranium. These handlers, one of whom has called Palin a "whack-job", are well liked in the Republican establishment and their comments will seal her fate. Watch what happens in the aftermath of this election. There will be a deluge of blistering attacks on Palin by the people who got to know her inside John McCain's campaign and they will blame her for McCain's loss.

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain has been a worthless senator with Arizona placing last or next to last in eduation, economic growth, etc. He has only been reelected because Arizona is very Republican and for some reason his tired montra about tax and spend Democrats seems to work on the sun-dried lunatics here. After years of Republican rule I hope they have no future! However, I read where some Republican party leaders actually think that the bible thumping, self-rightous soccer mom they embarrased the country with, will become the new face of their party! Sorry if I upset and Palin fans, but don't worry, everyone seems to agree she has a great future.... in porno!

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At 9:46 AM, Blogger Jim, TX said...

It will be a sham if the Republican Party can not find a worthy leader to the US Presidency 2012. If there are people who still believe that this woman can be our president in 4 years it shows how poor we are when it comes to intellectual faculties. This will also prove to the world again that we have a sizable part of our population with no rational thinking capabilities, and they are just some sort of cult followers!

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin will crawl back underneath the rock of ignorance and obscurity in Alaska where shy will go back to helping her daughter raise her baby and teach Levi how to run a meth lab in the woods.

McCain fell on his own sword, the GOP is dismantling itself, and hopefully we Americans will never see the evangelicals come back to politics again.....E-V-E-R!!! www.zeitgeistmovie.com

At 3:29 PM, Blogger thorninurside said...

Let's hear it for the knuckle-draggers ! Palin and the old white-haired guy are already poking each other in the eye. I can't wait until 2012 when she runs her own campaign. It'll be even more fun to watch the melt-down of what used to be the REAL party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.


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