Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How Will The GOP Change Its Image-- More Extreme, Less Corrupt? Or Not?


A profoundly conservative and corrupt institution

The GOP is getting a lot of conflicting advise. The lunatic fringe of the congressional party-- like Mike Pence-- has declared that the key to rebuilding the shattered remains of the GOP is for it to become the anti-gay party and focus all the hatred and bigotry the Republicans thrive on in that direction. Perhaps they could start with a ritual excoriation of just re-elected GOP closet queens Mitch McConnell (R-KY), David Dreier (R-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and Adrian Smith (R-NE). Meanwhile David Brady, deputy director of the conservative Hoover Institution has said that the GOP must abandon its "stringently right wing" positions on gay marriage, abortion and immigration or it could be banished to the political wilderness by the American people for decades. He says they've moved too far to the right while those elected officials who have been left behind in the reddest of red districts in the increasingly irrelevant South, say the way forward is more extremism. Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA), who we met earlier, is typical of this group. Republican thinkers, on the other hand, realize the GOP has ceded the center while chasing the extreme right base and that that goes absolutely nowhere-- except in Texas, rural Georgia and places with lots of ignorant Mormons.

"In order for the Republicans to win again they have to drop the anti-gay, anti-immigrant, strict pro-life, no-abortion social positions they have taken," said Brady. "They have to drop those things and move to the centre where the American voters are. Look at gay marriage-- support for gay marriage in America is going up; it's not going down. It's a similar situation if you're pro-life. The majority in America has been pro-choice for a while, and it's not moving anywhere... America used to be roughly divided along the lines of a third Republican, a third independent, and a third Democrat. Now it's 35 per cent Democrat, 28 per cent Republican and the rest independent.

"Let's go and talk about health-care reform. Let's go and … fund programs if they're necessary programs and not get stuck just on the fiscal responsibility... Sarah Palin is not a candidate who can win in a general election. At this point the frontrunners would be [Mitt] Romney, Palin, [Mike] Huckabee. But I think what might have to happen is a governor coming up out of the ranks in the same way that George [Bush] did in 2000."

Another prerequisite the GOP must fill before being taken seriously by mainstream-- if not Mormon-- voters is ridding itself of the endemic corruption that the congressional party has thrived on, especially under the auspices of Tom Delay, Denny Hastert, Rick Santorum, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, elected officials who serve the dual role of legislator and lobbyist. Next week, the notoriously corrupt Senate Republicans are going to take a stab at trying to clean house-- at least of their most high profile criminal-- convicted felon Ted Stevens. Whether Alaska's corrupt voting counting apparatus decides he won or lost his re-election bid, most-- though not all-- Senate Republicans want to toss the embarrassing old crook out of their caucus and out of the world's most exclusive club. Many Most of them are as crooked as Stevens and they don't appreciate the spotlight being focussed on their shadowy institution.

The Senate's most right-wing member, rabid neo-fascist Jim DeMint (R-SC) is demanding a vote on kicking Stevens out of the caucus, scheduled for November 18.
“The GOP leadership should be the first to act on this by expelling Stevens from the Republican conference and not assigning him any committee seats,” said DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton. “We should clean our own house.”

It was not immediately clear whether DeMint’s effort would garner support from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.-- who has called on Stevens to resign-- or other GOP leaders.

DeMint’s effort will fizzle unless he lines up another senator to second his ejection motion.

If the effort succeeds, Stevens, the Senate’s longest-serving Republican, would be stripped of his seats on the Appropriations and Commerce committees, both of which he once led.

...If the Republican conference chooses to boot Stevens, it would be acting in advance of any disciplinary action from the Senate Ethics Committee, which has been silent on the matter since July 29, the day Stevens was indicted.

Prior to the election, several Republicans, many of them in competitive races, called for Stevens to step down.

It will be interesting to watch the ones who have been re-elected, like Susan Collins and McConnell, each of whom has taken immense sums of tainted money (bribes) from Stevens, change their tunes now that they don't have to worry about being booted out of office for another 6 years.

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At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my advice to the gop: Split into two parties. The first will contain trailer-trash ignorami, racists, gun nuts, and religious kooks. The second will contain country-club corrupt corporatists.

Face it, the two types of republicans really have nothing in common. They might as well get divorced.

But most importantly, by dividing the evil ones, we can conquer them. Neither of those two parties would be able to get a majority. That would allow the Democratic Party to expel the DINOs and still maintain control.

The entire country would be much better off.

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said!

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the GOP doesn't go back to the Eisenhower model of the Republican Party, I'm afraid it's over. As "me" said, the factions within the party have nothing in common, other than hatred of liberals. A party only held together by the glue of hate isn't a party. It's a mob. And the majority of the country isn't going to go for that again. It is startling how many backward, bigoted, judgmental rubes still exist in this century, much less this country.

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have advice for the GOP , go back to what the party stood for, fiscal conservatism, small government and staying out of everyone's personal life. That was the GOP my parents raised me in. The religious zealots kidnapped my party, now I am proud to call myself an independent and yes I voted for Obama. Kick the evangelist out they cant win an election on their own and the GOP can get the reagan democrats to come back in the fold.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger KELSO'S NUTS said...

I agree in principle but the problem is that the Psycho Party is rock solid at 25% of the electorate.

The country-club Republican set in the Blue Blood Northeastern sense went Democratic long ago.

The nouveau riche McMansion country-club Republicans might agree with a libertarian philosophy on some things but not on Paul and Flake's views on peace, criminal justice reform (they LOVE the death penalty) drug legalization, etc.

The DLC party with Lieberman, McCain, Powell, Collins, Snowe, Shelby, Cochran, Lugar, and all the Blue Dog Democrats would probably be the dominant one and Obama would probably carry their flag.

The Democratic Party would consist of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, Howard Dean's Democracy For America, and could pick up a few far-right Republican libertarians verging on anarchist and populist verging on anarchist.

In that arrangement, I'd give the DLC 35%




It would be a real toss-up every time for president but the Congress really wouldn't look any different. These parties have broad coalitions both and the Democrats have a crazy wide coalition.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger KELSO'S NUTS said...

Speaking of DeMint, not only am I convinced that Bush stole another one in 2004, I also believe that Iris Tennenbaum beat DeMint in South Carolina and Dan Mongiardo beat Jim Bunning in Kentucky but the counting or the machines were rigged.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Timcanhear said...

To the gop

Disassociate yourselves with the right wing media machine. Sean Hateity and Rush Liebaugh are poisonous and now, irrelevent!

Find some leaders. They can transform your party. As we've seen in the past, voters will forget all too easily the perils that the right wing haters unleash. With leadership, they will forget that Bush and his neocons have almost destroyed America.

White shoes?
As evident in this pic, they still cling to uggghhhhh ... white shoes?
I know of no event that calls for white shoes to be worn.

Take off the toupes and let's see what else you fuckers are hiding.

Forget Sarah Palin. Any of you assholes who voted to put our nation in further jeopardy by voting for her have proven that you are 1 issue voters .. roe v. wade.
There's a HUGE difference between a leader and a cheerleader.

Educate yourselves!


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