I just read a comment from a woman who said she would like to see a Republican presidential candidate that “Best represents the majority.”
They exist as the alternative party, but must always steal undecided voters, “middle-of-the-bird” people, and – perhaps most importantly – dis-enchanted Democrats, to win a general election.
In short, the GOP needs Democratic votes for their nominee to win the Presidency.
With the Tea Baggers thrown into the mix, Republicans are all trying to claim the title of “Most Extreme Right-Wing Nut Job,” and no such nominee could win a general election. The handful of mature, thinking Republicans (a dying breed) are trying to steer them to an electable candidate. But the Press seems magnetically drawn to the most outrageous – and offensive to thinking moderates – characters.
The Press is giving far more attention to the Tea Party (which has no Party) than its size or its influence warrants. Right now they are the flies on the body politic – all they do is eat feces and bother people. And to watch the News, you would think the Tea Baggers are running the show – because they are running the Press.
There are good, thinking, rational, and, yes – electable – candidates, with Presidential leadership abilities, in the GOP, and conservatives HATE them. The worst thing that can happen to a Republican these days is to be branded a “Moderate.” It’s a dirty word in Right-Wing Bizarro World. A thinking man like Jon Huntsman doesn’t stand a chance where clowns are the Life of the Party.
If you believe the Press (and I don’t think I can), NO Republican wants a candidate that: 1) isn’t an evangelical fundamentalist Protestant, 2) doesn’t want to ban all forms of abortion, and even birth control, 3) will not abolish labor unions, Social Security, welfare, and almost ALL “regulation” 4) Won’t promise to: A) wall off the Mexican border and deport illegal Mescans B) outlaw Shari’a Law and restrict the practice of Islam in America C) Ban gay marriage and restore sodomy laws, preferably with the death penalty D) End all Federal support for healthcare, and allow everyone too poor to seek care to die as God intended. E) Dissolve public schools and privatize education.
Tea Party types want to act dumb and claim ignorance as a badge of honor, denying evolution and global climate change, and perhaps even promote the idea that the earth is flat and the moon landings were faked in a studio.
Did I miss anything? Every one of these items is part of the litmus test to be an acceptable New Republican, from what I hear in the Press.
I CALL BULLSHIT!
I refuse to accept that every self-identifying Republican has devolved into a drooling, knuckle-dragging moron! They’re not all fundagelical bigots! They’re not all ignorant, gay-bashing, abortion-clinic-bombing, machine-gun-toting hicks! And there are still plenty of Republicans who can think for themselves, and whose decisions are not based on hatred and fear.
At least, I sure hope there are.