This is stunning.
This is stunning.
Jonathan Chait writes at length about the death of the moderate republicans this week.. and it’s helpful to remember that “republican” and “conservative” have become two very different things now.. the party has for the most part turned into an instrument of a handful of donors… and moderate conservatives have nowhere to go at the moment…
And it’s probably not so much about changing culture trends, shifting winds in society, historical fluctuations, even demographics… it seems to be the corrupted campaign finance system that’s mostly driving these developments..
How the GOP Destroyed its ModeratesRule And Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party
By Geoffrey Kabaservice
(Oxford University Press, 482 pp., $29.95)
By David Frum
(CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 484 pp., $16.99)
MITT ROMNEY HAS BEEN running for president as the Republican nominee, de facto or de jure, for eight months now, and the grand historical joke of it has not yet worn off. A party that has set itself to frantically, fanatically expunge its moderates, quasi-moderates, suspected moderates, and fellow travelers of moderates chose as its standard bearer the lineal heir, biographically and genealogically, to its moderate tradition. It entrusted its holy crusade to repeal Barack Obama’s hated health-care law to the man who had inspired it and run, four years before, promising to do the same for the rest of America. The man and his historical moment could not be more incongruous. It was as if the Mongol tribes of the thirteenth century, setting out to pillage their way across the Asian steppe, had somehow chosen Mahatma Gandhi as their supreme khan.
Romney’s capture of the nomination required an incredible confluence of good fortune. Any one of several Republicans—Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan—could have outflanked Romney in both grassroots enthusiasm and establishment support but chose not to run. The one candidate with the standing and financial reach to challenge him who did grasp for the prize, Rick Perry, performed his duties with such comic, stammering ineptitude that his final oops-de-grace by that point was not even startling. What remained to challenge Romney was a gaggle of third-raters lacking the money or the rudimentary organization even to get their name on the ballot everywhere. Still, running even against the likes of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum (which is to say, running essentially unopposed), Romney still trudged laboriously to victory after endless weeks. (..)
Embarrassing news.. in the voter supression drive…
MIAMI (Reuters) – Election officials in Florida were scouring their records for fraudulent voter registration forms on Friday after the Republican Party said it had fired a company hired to gather new voters because of reports its employees may have submitted bogus forms.
The Palm Beach County elections office first reported finding 106 potentially fraudulent registration forms earlier this week that had been submitted by Strategic Allied Consulting (SAC), a Virginia firm hired by Florida’s Republican Party.
Since then scores more suspicious forms have been detected in at least five other Florida counties where election officials say SAC worked to register voters.
Federal Election Commission reports from the state Republican Party show it paid SAC more than $1.3 million this summer for voter registration services.
SAC was also hired to do voter registration work for the Republican Party in four other key swing states – Nevada, Virginia, Colorado, and North Carolina – for a total of $2.9 million, according to the Republican National Committee (RNC).
(Via Reuters: Top News)
As so often with rot – it goes on for a while beneath the surface, and then suddenly everything breaks at once, almost without resistance.
So what’s the game plan for GOP now – Economy? No.
Taxes? Lost that one.
Social issues? Botched this week.
And the problem might be… that Obama governs at slightly center-right. And it works very well.
As Santo emerges a religious fundamentalist, and Romney keeps talking about “couple of cadillacs” and serves no other plan than more to the 0.1% – many look past 2012 already.
From John Heilemann:
If either Romney or Santorum gains the nomination and then falls before Obama, flubbing an election that just months ago seemed eminently winnable, it will unleash a GOP apocalypse on November 7 — followed by an epic struggle between the regulars and red-hots to refashion the party. And make no mistake: A loss is what the GOP’s political class now expects.
And the menace in conservative politics is very plain – too deep corruption and captivity to a couple of donors. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Sometimes Trump illuminates well the narrow boundaries of a well-trained business mindset. The latest now is his confessed inablity to understand basic politics:
“Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who in re-election lost by 19 points, to my knowledge the most in the history of this country for a sitting senator to lose by 19 points. It’s unheard of. Then he goes out and says oh ‘okay’ I just lost by the biggest margin in history and now I’m going to run for president. Tell me, how does that work? … That’s like me saying I just failed a test. Now I’m going to apply for admission to the Wharton School of Finance. Okay? He just failed a test…. And now he’s going to run for president. So, I don’t get Rick Santorum. I don’t get that whole thing.”
Thinking in strict rank and one-dimensional systems – it makes sense – but society and politics does not work according to a unified system with such kind of logic. Maybe Santorum has changed, maybe people have changed, maybe segments of society have changed, maybe one state is by no means representative of the whole union – and maybe times just are different now.
History shows very few examples of business people in the White House – except for the 1920’s and the 2000’s. Focus on profits and apply a binary thinking on society – and the track record is not very good.
Which also makes one wonder about Mitt Romney – and what his private sector background would do the country, if let loose on regulations, budgets and long-term planning of America.
After a bad interview at fox and a huge loss in the polls – Mitt Romney is out in New Hampshire doing the retail politics.