This is no longer the Republican Party of Lincoln

Death of the GOP? 

by Catherine Poe

If the Democrats are smart they will let the Republican leadership march their lemmings off the cliff. Who knows, even now we may be watching the death throes of the Republican Party.

Certainly this is no longer the Republican Party of Lincoln. And it is beginning to look like it’s not even the party of Goldwater, Buckley, much less Reagan.

Once-moderated Republican Senators Lugar, Snow, and Collins are the latest focus of the Tea Party’s house cleaning. And they are running scared.

Here are the other telltale signs that the GOP (once the Grand Old Party) is on its last legs.

1. Republicans won’t nominate Mitt Romney for President.

Romney should be the heir apparent.  He has all the right and Right qualifications: he’s an articulate, smart businessman; he saved the Olympics from itself; he’s a former governor of a very Blue state; he has great hair ala Reagan; he would appeal to middle of the road voters and even some Democrats; and he’s known as a doer.

But, there’s always the big but, Romney is a Mormon which seems to terrify fundamentalist Christians, he brought health care reform to Massachusetts, and he’s considered a moderate, all anathemas to the new Republican who hankers for “pure” politics.

2. The Republicans were supposed to hijack the Tea Party. Instead it hijacked them.

Zipping along the road to winning the House, the Republicans courted the Tea Party, ignoring their many racist signs and ugly outbursts at town hall meetings. 

“We’re the real patriots,” the GOP said, shrink-wrapping themselves in the Constitution, “just like our Founding Fathers, just like you.  We’re real Americans unlike those irksome Democrats.”

“Come on aboard,” the Tea Party said, which had its own doubts about the GOP, but who saw Republicans as a means to an end, getting their people elected.

The Republicans expected to co-op the “naïve” Tea Party, so they hopped on the broad back of the Tea Party tiger and said, “Giddy-up.”

Now the GOP can’t let go and is about to be gobbled up by the Tea Party that knows a tasty snack when it sees one.

3. The Republicans’ idea of “Morning in America” is to wake up to Rush Lumbaugh.

As long as the likes of Lumbaugh speak for the GOP, and he does, like it or not, and as long as Republicans continue to kowtow to Right Wing radio, the Republicans have surrendered their voice.

4. Speaker John Boehner indulges in the crying game, only it looks more like crocodile tears than compassion for his fellow Americans.

5. Instead of doing what they were sent to Congress to do, the Republicans are doing their own thing.

6. Rand Paul and Paul Ryan have become the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum of the GOP.

7. Republicans can’t control their 87 freshmen, who embrace the Tea Party principles.

8. Republicans are nostalgic for the good old days. 

9. Republican leaders refuse to stop the silly “birthers.” Talk about trash talk!

10. Donald Trump, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin.

Need I say more?

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. aklucia
    May 02, 2011 @ 19:08:46

    So True Syrin! The party has been hijacked and it is time for a new incarnation without the likes of Palin, Bachman or Trump. Each of these people will do anything for money and power. They have absolutely no intellect between them and pander to the basest of human emotion.

    Bring back Goldwater, Eisenhower, Buckley and anyone else with a brain.

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  2. Syrin
    May 02, 2011 @ 19:35:28

    Rather than focusing on solving the problems facing our nation, the Republican Party has determined to wage an ideological war as expressed by pundits like Rush Limbaugh and conspiracy theorists akin to Glenn Beck and that ‘great communicator’ Sarah Palin.

    The main talking point is that Obama has destroyed this country and is a socialist/fascist and he was born in Africa!

    I’m sick of it!

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  3. climber357
    May 02, 2011 @ 19:43:00

    Itś embarrassing.

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  4. WakeUpAmerica
    May 02, 2011 @ 21:44:58

    I have absolutely nothing to add to this post. She said it all.

    Reply

  5. Dragonpuff
    May 03, 2011 @ 01:38:02

    Great Post. The GOP has become cannibals, eat their own families.

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  6. Martha
    May 03, 2011 @ 01:50:58

    The republicans used to be “for the people” and visionary.

    Lincoln built the railway DURING the civil war!!..Think about it.

    NOW they are own by the Koch brothers and their ilk and everything they do is AGAINST “the people”.

    Just take a close look at Ryans budget and look at the HORRIFIC legislation being passed and attempting to be passed in republican run state houses!

    They are trying to do away with public education, which is what Koch ran on in his attempt at politics.

    In Louisiana they want to put you in JAIL for 15 YEARS for having an abortion!!??

    They would have the wealthy lord over the poor, ignorant masses..THAT is what the republican party stands for today.

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  7. AKRNC
    May 03, 2011 @ 06:47:55

    I think it is really a sad day for this country when the division between the two parties is filled with a lot of hateful, divisive rhetoric promoted by Palin, Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. While I’ve always been an Independent, I tend to vote Democratic but would never have shied away from a Republican I admired simply because they were a Republican. Today, however, I’d have to do so because even if I admired them, I’d be afraid that they’d have to vote in lock-step with their party, which is rarely beneficial to the average American. In 2000, I was looking forward to voting for John McCain, by 2008, I didn’t recognize this new, allegedly improved McCain and his selection of Palin sealed the deal for me. I was definitely in Hillary’s corner and thought that if she captured the nomination with Obama as VP, we’d have a strong team in DC with Obama ready to step up in 2016. Of course, things didn’t turn out that way and while I’m not thrilled with everything President Obama has done, I still believe he’s on the side of the people. I can’t say that about the Republicans I see in D.C. I know many real Republicans who are as down to earth as can be, they aren’t the least bit happy with the people they see representing their party. They don’t recognize what their party has become and why it is catering to a group of Tea Partiers who are polling very poorly throughout the country. The TPers are not a grassroots organization, in fact, they really aren’t well organized at all considering the Koch Bros money that is behind them. I’d really like to get back to a two party system but the GOP doesn’t stand for the people in any way unless you’re talking about the extremely wealthy corporatists and there’s not enough of them to keep the party going at this rate.

    I laugh at the GOP when they talk about Reagan since he truly would be considered a RINO today with his tax increases, his immigration stance and his desire to reduce nuclear arms. Yet they still want to pretend he was something different than he was, they have made a fairy tale out of his Presidency that doesn’t begin to compare to the truth. How sad that there are people who are too stupid to believe it when reality is in black and white with just a little research.

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  8. Tom
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:23:39

    I’m pretty liberal,but I long for the days when a Politician wasn’t defined by His or Her Political Party but by the instinct to do the right thing for His or Her Constituents.Decisions based on a Religious concept or a personal conviction have no place in Politics.It was nice to be able to choose someone who could make a choice based on what was best for the Country and it’s People,not what was best for the Politician or a small dictatorial group.Lies,Greed and Religion has motivated pretty much all of the Rights decision making . The move to lower Women to literally slave status is reprehensible .The theft of a Workers ability to bargain for a fair wage is criminal .The Gay lifestyle is alien to me however they have the same right to the pursuit of happiness as any other Citizen-The live and let live mentality is dead in the world of Teapartiers and the GOP.I can no longer say vote for the best man regardless of Party.Syrin You should be a Politician I suspect you would fair and impartial.Thanks for Your viewpoint .

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    • Syrin
      May 03, 2011 @ 08:55:42

      Tom, I appreciate your perspective as well. However, the Republican party does not lower women to literally slave status..

      I spent last weekend politicing AFRW

      There are many women in this country who I admire. I don’t generally care what party they are in. Many women who become involved in the political movements found it difficult to simultaneously accept their responsibility for the protection of moral values in society and to recognize their own limited power to seek social change. I’m sure this motivation is found in either party….
      Some are shallow thinkers, you betcha! Motavated by pure emotion! Very frustrating for a conservative women like me! But, I feel that this is the correct party for my beliefs and understanding. Instead of leaving it for a makeshift movement like the TEA Party. I will hang in there and try to bring some sense back, one person at a time..

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  9. Mallard
    May 03, 2011 @ 09:29:27

    Gee Sighren: for a “conservative,” you sure bash the Republicans and the Tea Party an awful lot. As a “conservative,” you find Rand Paul and Paul Ryan objectionable? And while you despise Palin because she refused to shake your hand at a rally once, or something, you never give her credit for her conservative beliefs.

    Where are all the posts talking about the failure of the democrat’s agenda the ruinous policies of Obama? Or are you too “conservative” to go there?

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    • Syrin
      May 03, 2011 @ 10:14:11

      Let’s take the log out of our eye, before we pick the sliver out of the Dems eye!
      Actually I refused to shake her slimey hand! Sarah Palin is a POLITICAL WHORE! She has NO beliefs! https://aksyrin.wordpress.com/2008/12/08/what-are-the-odds/

      Just go quack somewhere else! Bwahahaha!!!

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      • Mallard
        May 03, 2011 @ 15:58:31

        Really. A sliver? Is that what they call it in Alaska? I thought the democrats had an effing redwood forest in their eye.

        I guess as a “conservative,” you’d rather tear the GOP down in order to ensure that the democrats win the WH and Senate again. What do you call this new brand of “conservatism” that you seem to heralding? “Too stupid to know how to win?”

        I bet if you ask nicely this time, Sarah will send you that autographed picture you have been waiting for.

        And why do you look at the sliver in your brother’s eye, and not notice the beam which is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3

      • Mallard
        May 04, 2011 @ 09:02:21

        Really Sighren? You edit and append other people’s posts? Free speech for everyone….except those you disagree with.

  10. Bigtoe
    May 04, 2011 @ 00:58:28

    Not one jobs bill(Ryans bill has been debunked as creating anything but misery for working class people and more debt ) has been introduced in the house.

    916 bills against womens rights.

    Notice how all the states with republican majorities that have introduced their own anti-abortion bills start to push the envelope of Roe vs Wade. The idea, I believe, is to introduce and pass a bill that is intentionally designed to violate the constitution in hopes of forcing a showdown in the Supreme Court, a body with a 5 to 4 conservative majority. Destroying medicare/medicaid, ssan and more tax breaks for the rich is not what any of them campaigned on. It is obvious to me they are not in the corner of working people, women, minorities, children; who is left? They are doing it to themselves and deserve to be thrown out.

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  11. Bec
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 04:47:38

    You are stupid!

    Reply

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