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Pity the Republicans?

Things are looking very grim for republicans these days. Their brand is at one of it’s lowest points in history. Gallup reports that only 34% of Americans have a favorable view of republicans and 61% have an unfavorable view of the party.

Why so low? Well, they have really messed things up in our country, and they now seem to be at war with each other. And their standard bearer, who exactly will lead the repubumblicans out of the desert?

By all account this woman is leading the pack.

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Herein lies the rub. Just this week Kathleen Parker of the Washinton Post proposed the following.

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I’m bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we’re setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that.

The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it. But they need those votes!

So it has been for the Grand Old Party since the 1980s or so, as it has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.

Short break as writer ties blindfold and smokes her last cigarette.

Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows. In the process, the party has alienated its non-base constituents, including other people of faith (those who prefer a more private approach to worship), as well as secularists and conservative-leaning Democrats who otherwise might be tempted to cross the aisle.

Here’s the deal, ‘pubbies: Howard Dean was right.

It isn’t that culture doesn’t matter. It does. But preaching to the choir produces no converts. And shifting demographics suggest that the Republican Party — and conservatism with it — eventually will die out unless religion is returned to the privacy of one’s heart where it belongs.

Religious conservatives become defensive at any suggestion that they’ve had something to do with the GOP’s erosion. And, though the recent Democratic sweep can be attributed in large part to a referendum on Bush and the failing economy, three long-term trends identified by Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz have been devastating to the Republican Party: increasing racial diversity, declining marriage rates and changes in religious beliefs.

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can’t have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.

With the exception of Miss Alaska, of course.

Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She’s not entirely wrong, but she’s also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself:

“I’m like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. … And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it’s something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”

Let’s do pray that God shows Alaska’s governor the door.

Meanwhile, it isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world’s architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.

But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, which is why he won.

Among Jewish voters, 78 percent went for Obama. Sixty-six percent of under-30 voters did likewise. Forty-five percent of voters ages 18-29 are Democrats compared to just 26 percent Republican; in 2000, party affiliation was split almost evenly.

The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won’t get whiter. And the nonreligious won’t get religion through external conversion. It doesn’t work that way.

Given those facts, the future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base — or the nation may need a new party.

Sorry about posting the entire article, but could not decide what to cut, as I found the entire piece very interesting.

Another weight hanging on the neck of the republican brand is their past and continuing recklessness with the American economy.

Fear baby, fear!

Who ruined America?

At least the rental market is surging.

Careful about that though, and get to know your landlord.

Before the election the republicans seemed to be for propping up ailing businesses. That facade is gone now, as many in the grand old party are screaming to let the free market prevail. In other words, let the big three auto makers go into bankruptcy, and the free market will sort out the wreckage.

Pity the republicans? No, my only question is; are they just sore losers or do they really want to destroy this country?


  1. Most of my conservative friends are not evangelical Christians.  Most of my Christian friends are not Republicans.

    There of course are plenty of exceptions to those rules, but for all the Fiscal and anti-Nanny-State Conservative the GOP has become a frightening place to be.

    That leaves no place to be except the Democratic Party, and we’re all hoping that it doesn’t carry away to the furthest extremes of it’s own space.

  2. GrassrootsOrganizer

    While I agree with the author, I don’t think it’s all about the religious right scaring the crap out of the not so rabidly religious middle.  If you take a good hard look at it, most of the communication to the fundamentalist base was in secret code and winks, not the blatant pandering of Rove and company.

    Yeah sure, Palin was a bone thrown to the religious base, but it wasn’t her beliefs that killed her.  IF anything sank like a lead balloon it was all the jingoistic yeehawism and divisive framing of “real Americans” from “real America”.  That whole “white flag of surrender” schtick went nowhere too.  I’m as surprised as anyone to say it, but Americans are just not that dumb anymore.  

    Eventually the entire Palin Circus became repulsive to the middle — the hate speech, the distortions, the small-mindedness, the crowds of fairly ugly Americans she seemed to draw out of the woodwork all lathered up over meaningless catch-phrases into one big fat sea of stupid, angry and bigoted.  Who wants to join that party?

  3. Hollede

    I don’t think our “leaders”; political, corporate, etc.; have much faith in the American public, and it is far too easy to divide us over false issues. I also think that our leaders have a specific interest in keeping us fighting each other. It keeps us from noticing what they are doing.

    Dean was the first to move in a different direction and Obama has executed this to perfection. People are people. They are smart, dumb, selfish, generous, and so on. All of that can be used to describe just one person, as we can have conflicting parts in each of us.

    I think that most people have big lives. They have families, jobs, mortgages, etc, and do not spend a great deal of time thinking about issues outside of their immediate sphere. Does that make them stupid? No, just busy.

    If you really listen to the ‘other side’, whomever that may be, you will find that we often agree on the problems, but disagree on the cause. That is where we are vulnerable to continuing the divisions.

  4. SocialDem

    I suggest The Emerging Democratic Majority. These guys predicted this demographic majority back in 2002. The key to the Democratic party will be competence. If Obama and the Democratic congress can get things done and fix this mess Bush left, young people will become Democrats at a rate much like 1980 and ’84.

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