I think that this AJC op/ed is premature, but I think that the end of the Klanbaggers is inevitable. Maybe not this election cycle, but reasonably soon.
The Klanbaggers are destined to die off and wither away. The self-entitled white racists of the “Lamest Generation” are getting older, and are less and less of a percentage of the voting population with every new election cycle. Younger Americans of all races and socioeconomic classes have been repelled by the racism and selfishness of the Klanbaggers, and the day of their ascendancy is at hand.
The Rushpubliscum Party, which is the Klanbaggers’ de facto organization, will not survive the die-off of the Klanbaggers nationally, although I expect that their racism, religious bigotry, and ignorance guarantee them primacy in the Southeast and mountain West for awhile yet. So if there is to be a national Republican Party, it will have to be different from the Rushpubliscum Party of the present day.
I just don’t believe that Willard marks the beginning of that change. I don’t believe the Willard win in Florida signifies anything at all, except Willard’s ability to buy the airwaves.
There’s no doubt but that Newt Gingrich will lose tonight. But the second biggest loser may be the tea party movement. It was in Florida that the GOP “establishment” – the definition will change according to the Republican at hand – said this far, but no further.
The crowd of old-hands that came out to endorse Mitt Romney and damn Newt Gingrich was extraordinary. John McCain, Bob Dole, Elliot Abrams – the list goes on. But perhaps even more significant is the diminution of the influence of the major voices of the tea party movement.
There is that late endorsement of favorite Herman Cain, of course. And Mark Levin. More important is the lack of punch carried by Sarah Palin, who 18 months ago could take credit for swaying gubernatorial elections, including here in Georgia. Here’s a portion of what the former governor of Alaska posted on Facebook over the weekend, urging Floridians to vote for Gingrich as a means of extending the GOP contest:
”Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard’s choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans “bitterly clinging” to their faith and their Second Amendment rights.
“The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the “wisdom” of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn’t win. Well, here’s a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.
But an unending contest isn’t in the rest of a party that faces a President Barack Obama who remains potent despite a struggling economy. The “GOP establishment” indeed learned its lesson in South Carolina. It increased its effort by four or five-fold. Maybe more.
– Exit poll data is limited (all will be cut loose at 8 p.m. EST) but one figure out that’s important: 45 percent of those voting said “electability” was the most important quality they were looking for in a candidate.
– Another important number for the night: White evangelicals went for Newt Gingrich, according to exit polls, but only by 39 percent to 36 percent.
– Gingrich’s real problem in Florida: Women preferred the once-married Romney by 51 percent to the thrice-married Gingrich, at 29 percent.
–The first, best exit-poll summary comes from the New York Times. Check it out here. One of Gingrich’s bright spots: He had the support of 43 percent of those who identified themselves as “very conservative.”
Guess what? Newt is about to head right into the heart of the “very conservative” territory. Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas….. these are places that aren’t going to be very receptive to an elitist with magic underwear. They will, however, be very amenable to listening to the people that Florida supposedly just discredited, as we will see. This moron show ain’t over, not by a long shot.
Even if the era of the Klanbagger is surely almost over.