Death of the GOP?
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?