Pencil in Josh Barrow as another young, smart conservative fighting an uphill battle to save the Republican party from itself. His argument is a simple one: anti-intellectualism is killing the GOP. And in return for stating what is obvious to anyone not living in the bubble, Barrow has been vilified by conservative media as a liberal-loving turncoat. Life in the Tea Party/Ted Cruz era of ignorance tends to do that sort of thing to good people. Especially to conservatives who happen to be gay and willing to speak outside of the Fox News/Hate Radio echo chamber
This morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) spoke to the Values Voters Summit, and his speech was really weird. It’s like he’s living on another planet.
On Planet Cruz, there is a massive outpouring of public support for a government shutdown over Obamacare and it’s scaring the hell out of Democrats.
Meanwhile, back on planet earth, the public hates the shutdown, Americans are 20 points more likely to blame Republicans for the shutdown than Obama, the Republican Party is scoring its worst poll numbers on record, Cruz’s colleagues in the House and Senate hate him, and they’re preparing to cave to the president by reopening the government and funding Obamacare.
Cruz is betting that his supporters are too stupid to notice that his strategy is failing and was doomed to fail. He’s probably right.
What’s unprecedented about Cruz and similar Tea Party Republicans who make up about a third of the House Republican conference is that the aggrieved localized minority has gone national. Republicans once thought Fox News and the conservative media bubble were strategic advantages that allowed them to coordinate messages and organize voters; instead, they have allowed Republican voters to remain unaware that their favorite politicians are lying to them and alienating the median voter.
Living in a bubble can sustain one for only so long. We might very well be witnessing the death throes of the Republican party as we know it.
The Ted Cruz source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.