Maybe they weren’t born yesterday, but their thinking is infantile.And they own the GOP now, lock stock and barrel. They comprise both the voters and the politicians in the party. And it’s all by design. The few of them at the top of the structure who had enough brain to fart decided long ago that they would have it much easier if they simply pandered to simpletons, rather than came up with decent ideas, so that’s the road they took. In the space of 30 years, they’ve pretty much driven sane people entirely out of the party.
That’s why this “retreat” will solve nothing. They can’t solve the problem of who they are in a weekend, or maybe even in a decade. If they start singing new tunes now, they’ll just drive off that base of ignorant, fearful racists they spent all this time building. If they lose them, they lose everything. The problem, of course, is that their most reliable voters are dying off at a fairly healthy clip now, so they NEED new blood. But they are caught in an embrace with the lunatic bagger fringe that makes reaching out impossible.
It seems like an intractable problem to me.
House Republicans are cloistered at a tony golf resort here for three days hoping to resurrect their battered political brand, as they prepare for what could be another damaging confrontation with President Obama over federal spending.
At their annual retreat, House members said there is general fretting about the damage done to the party’s image by the strident tone adopted by some candidates and officials.
“It’s a time for self-reflection,” said one member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of the private discussions. “Our identity with the American people has really, really suffered, and this is a conversation about collectively restoring a values-driven identity.”
Although there was some urgency for a change, the consensus was that the change was about how to communicate, not about rethinking core policy positions.
“This is about tone. It’s about messaging and it’s about showing people what we’re for instead of what we’re against,” said Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), describing his message to House Republicans at a lunch-time session Thursday.
“Rape is a four-letter word — don’t say it,” the group was advised by a Republican pollster in another session, said one person familiar with the discussion. That was a reference to controversies about rape and abortion that were partly to blame for the GOP losing two Senate seats — in Indiana and Missouri — in November.
Sessions this week included advice on turning around troubled organizations from the chief executive of Domino’s Pizza and a motivational address from the first blind man to summit Mount Everest. But much of the retreat was devoted to what amounted to open-mic sessions to let members strategize for the upcoming fiscal fight.
The nation has reached its $16.4 trillion credit limit and without congressional action, the Treasury Department has said the government will be unable to meet its spending obligations sometime in February or early March. Many Republicans want to use the moment to extract deep spending cuts from Obama, including in entitlement programs.
The president says that without increased borrowing authority, the nation will default on its debt obligations and send the world’s economy into a tailspin.
And most of the baggers would LOVE for that to happen. These are hateful people, who enjoy blood, destitution, and starvation. They are impatient for Armageddon, and they are quite willing to do whatever may be necessary to set it off.They’ve proven several times over that they’re very willing to do themselves in, to do everyone else in.
Unfortunately for the GOP, these are the people who will be setting the tone for some time. The Republican Party is going to be relegated to the status of regional power, even with all of the gerrymandering. but they can do a whole lot of damage before they go.
And damage, they will.