Sunday, February 03, 2013

How Fast Is The GOP Running Down The Road To Extinction?


I suspect most regular readers of this blog care more how much collateral damage the Republican Party will cause to normal Americans and to our country in the process than how soon they'll go the way of The Whigs... and the Dodo bird. In the video above, for example, Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes discuss how the rest of the world, cognizant of how dysfunctional Republicans have now become that, U.S. international commitments are now looked at askance. Hillary Clinton, on her last day in office, referred to these Republicans and their supporters in the right-wing propaganda machine when she said, "There are some people in politics and in the media who can't be confused by the facts. They just will not live in an evidence-based world." It's now virtually impossible to be a Republican elected official and live in an evidence-based world. They have their own evidence... and they pull it right out of their asses and repeat it to each other until they all believe it.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Cynthia Tucker discussed how the rabid right is leading their party down the road to ruin. She decries the example of arch-conservative Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss who is being hounded out of office for not being conservative enough.
Last year, Georgia blogger Erick Erickson, a leader of the right-wing faction, wrote: “Saxby has consistently stabbed conservatives in the back and it is time to take him out.” By the time Chambliss voted in the earliest hours of New Year’s Day to support a tax hike on Americans earning more than $400,000 a year-- a deal which, by the way, cemented in place George W. Bush’s tax cuts for everyone else-- he was doomed among the absolutists.

Chambliss has said publicly that he’s not running from a primary challenge, but instead leaving a Congress that he finds dysfunctional.

But he is disingenuous-- “The one thing I was totally confident of was my re-election,” he told reporters last week-- in suggesting that the prospect of a primary challenge didn’t factor into his plans. He might have won, but he would have been forced to defend his decision to employ negotiation and compromise with his Democratic colleagues, strategies Republican extremists despise. He would have encountered rabid challengers willing to accuse him of grotesque crimes against party dogma. And he may have been forced to renounce the statesmanlike image he has spent the last few years building.

The senator is right about this much: Politics has become ugly and ruinous, especially inside the Republican Party. He joins a list of towering conservative figures who have left office-- or been run out-- after encountering the lunatic ravings of the crazed ultra-right. That includes Bob Bennett of Utah and Richard Lugar of Indiana, GOP stalwarts who lost to challenges by ultraconservatives.

And who might replace Chambliss? Several Georgia Republicans are eyeing the race, including U.S. representative Paul Broun, who told a church audience last year: “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun, by the way, is a physician who sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Obama and other Democrats-- as well as many moderate Republicans-- have wondered how long it will be before the raging fever breaks on the rabid right. Well, by the time it does, the patient-- the Republican Party-- might be dead.
Since we started with Rachel, let's end with her as well-- and the future of the Republican Party. Let's hope it isn't all of our futures. I for one, am giving up Verizon as my telephone company. Watch the video and you'll know why:

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At 10:31 PM, Blogger gcwall said...

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At 10:40 PM, Blogger gcwall said...

The far right-wing of the Republican Party are enemies of reason, compassion, morality and the democratic republic. If the Democratic Party had members who were as far to the left as some members of the Republican Party are to the right, they would be labeled rabid communists and enemies of the democratic republic.

The nearly complete disregard for the principles of democracy and human decency are an outrage against free spirits everywhere.

The often repeated idea that the executive branch must submit to the ideas of military generals undermines democracy.

The concept that freedom of the press includes the freedom to promote propaganda and dishonest arguments should only be a possibility not the reality.

Cowardice exists in the concept that the first responsibility of the executive branch is to protect the lives of Americans. The first responsibility of the executive branch is to protect the underlying principles of a democratic republic, but doing so requires great courage. The greatest sacrifice of citizens has been in the service of freedom, loyalty and unity. To guarantee protection for all Americans undermines the sanctity of respect toward each other and for their freedoms.

It is the sacrifice of principles for pragmatism that is found at the root of cowardice. The only difference between the two political parties is how far each has traveled toward the ultimate disgrace of believing in their delusions.

It isn't extinction of both political parties that is the problem; betrayals before extinction are the serious problem.

At 12:14 AM, Blogger John said...

Not to fear, GOP, KKKarl Rove has pledged his considerable resources and skill to preventing TeaBag types from crowding out of elections the merely criminally insane, "standard" Republican.

While it is scintillating to see the all-powerful KKKarl relegated, essentially, to party stable boy, it would be more reassuring to hear that the Dems are recruiting a viable candidate for Chamblissìs seat. (Have I gone off the deep end?)

I've heard that Chambliss's decision has more to do with an advanced case of prostate cancer than the political force of Erik "E.-for Erik" Erikson. (If one don't getcha' the other one will.) I'll reveal my source if this potential example of cosmic justice is revealed to be true.

John Puma

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous edythe marcellan said...

News media on and off net censors how economy works. Twitter has threatened me not to educate how economy works; as net was redesigned so that strangers are not allowed to communicate on the net.. Our country will not survive mass censorship. Living wages affords extras = healthy business = healthy money markets = permanent surplus. Spray hose up. A mean king who has a gold pit the size of Asia, but pays low wages, will still have a terrible economy, yet he will be able to pay his bills. Big business that makes good money overseas, is similar. Only raising incomes will cure this economy. A real gov. stimulus helps business pay affording incomes, -- includes getting costs off of people. We never have had 100% spender ability; profits will be profound when we do. …Raising interest rates to stop a housing bubble; nonsense. Causes stagflation, -- peculiar inflationary trends. Rate of return is interest rates only. Must stay at same low fair rate. They always make it easier to get a loan in a a bad economy, or the housing market will have no spenders. They are supposed to give loans out only to those who can afford actually, and only at appraisal value that is actually real. …The communists never paid living wages; Franklin Roosevelt did; and this is only why we ever had a decent economy reasonably so, ever.


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