Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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I thought this bit of analysis from Daily Kos over the current in-fighting ravaging the Republican party was dead-on.

Theirs [Republican’s] is a marriage of convenience—the Gordon Geckos don’t care for the Bible Thumpers, the Bible Thumpers don’t care for the Gordon Geckos. And now that their collective suck isn’t leading to White House victories, the knives are out.

Isn’t that the truth. The recent realization by some conservatives that gay marriage isn’t going away, highlights the divisiveness ripping the GOP apart. While the more pragmatic party establishment favors a less harsh approach on social issues, the Christian Right refuses to budge. Social conservatives believe that Republican’s failure to capture the White House in 2008 and ’12 is directly attributable to the refusal of McCain and Romney to adopt more conservative positions on social issues.

Rick Santorum:

Look, the Republican Party isn’t going to change. If we do change, we’ll be the Whig Party….We’re not the Libertarian Party, we’re the Republican Party…

If we had candidates in the last two presidential elections who weren’t ashamed of the positions they had on these issues and played offense, instead of listening to the same people who now want to abandon the issues, we would’ve been successful.

To which liberals can only say, “yes, YES, YES!” Let the right hold on to the belief that what Americans want is more social conservatism on issues like abortion and gay marriage and Republicans will never win the White House again. Americans, as a nation, have matured on these issues. The Santorums and Huckabees have not.

Markos has put together an accurate little chart that lists the many factions that make up the Republican party. A glance at it and you get an instant understanding of why the GOP is in the throes of a civil war.

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And this line from a reader on the glue that holds the GOP together – “a hellish mixture of fear, greed, and stupidity.”



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8 thoughts on “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

  1. Which again reinforces the idea of another conservative party. One that shares the same conservative values but has moderation as the balance on principles. The world is a changing place and religion needs to stay out of government for a lot of reasons.

    With the current set-up,America is held hostage and it needs to be freed. A champion needs to rise and give opposition to the Republican status quo.

  2. I don’t understand.

    If what they need is a more conservative candidate to win the country – why did not a “true” conservative win the republican primary? Santorum’s logic escapes me. An extreme conservative could win the country (with Dem voters thrown in) – but not win the Republican primary?

    Doesn’t matter- the republicans are self-destructing.

  3. I have to tell you, though I will certainly enjoy Democratic victories for a while if Republicans do decide they just ain’t gonna change, I don’t think of it in the long term as being a good thing.

    Let us not forget that when our government is entirely in Democratic hands, they start acting like the Republicans did under George W. Bush and push their agenda on everyone. We need a good opposition to the Democrats but one that actually serves the people who put them there, that includes the independents who could have went either way.

    Then of course, if losing a few elections is what it will take to change the GOP, then let them lose a few elections, then when they think they’ve figured it out, come out fighting for place at the table again. If they still don’t, they can just lose another election until they do. And, all the gerrymandering in the world won’t save them.

  4. Great article, and I especially like the chart – spot on.

    The Republicans have a choice: they can be the Whigs circa 1852, or the Democrats circa 1962.

    The Whigs held on to their Know-Nothing faction, it tore the party apart, and two election cycles later they were gone.

    The Democrats wrote off the Dixiecrats, losing the south for two generations. But they brought in minority voters, social moderates, and ended up with a stronger coalition to contest House elections (though weaker in White House races).

    I think many of the big money players would like to write off the social conservatives – they’ll lose some votes to lower turnout, but the five percent or so they lose will be nearly offset by inroads in to social moderates and minorities.But to do that, they need to get control of the primaries, which won’t be easy. Until they can get rid of the nativists, the anti-gay zealots, and the anti-abortion extremists, they can’t attract anyone under 50 or brown.

  5. Thanks, E.A.

    @Ron. Good analysis. The biggest problem facing Republicans right now is that they’re saddled with the Tea Party. Anyone in the party showing the least bit of concern about some of the crazy policies and nutjob candidates the party is fielding is immediately demonized by the TP. Bobby Jindal’s approval rating is down in the 30s since he asked Republicans to stop being the stupid party. The most popular conservative governor in the country, Chris Christie, was not invited to CPAC because he had nice things to say about the President after Hurricane Sandy.

    The thing is that the bigoted zealots and extremists in the GOP aren’t going anywhere soon and while the electorate as a whole is evolving (at least on social issues), the Republican party is regressing. They’re doomed.

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