For John, BLUF: Republicans becoming the incredible shrinking party, or so they say. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Over at The New Yorker, Commentator Steve Coll goes after the Tea Parties, again. The EMail version of The New Yorker teases this with "The Crackpots Boil Over". Somewhere in the article Mr Coll writes:
The Tea Party’s anti-intellectualism reflects a longer, deeper decline in the Republican Party’s ability to tolerate a diversity of ideas and public-policy strategies, and to adapt to American multiculturalism.Ouch! That really hurts. On the other hand, I did try to counter this with a blog post back on 17 October.
In summary, this is another article saying the Republican Party is through. Sort of like Kad Barma's views. If the GOP is to go away, then it reflects the changes in the electorate and a new party will rise up to take its place. What will not happen is the Democratic Party dominating American Politics for the next 50 years. Heck, even back in the 1930s and 40s the Democrats couldn't hold Congress for twenty years.
Here is the penultimate paragraph:
As recently as 2007, when the Bush Administration almost passed a similar bill, it still seemed possible that a modernizing Republican Party might build a formidable political coalition of Latinos, evangelicals, disaffected Catholic Democrats, high-tech entrepreneurs, libertarians, social and educational reformers, and eclectic independents. Instead, as Geoffrey Kabaservice puts it in his history of the Republican decline, “Rule and Ruin,” movement conservatives have “succeeded in silencing, co-opting, repelling, or expelling nearly every competing strain of Republicanism from the party.” Political purges have no logical end point; each newly drawn inner circle of orthodoxy leaves a former respected acolyte suddenly on the outside. That a Tea Party-influenced purification drive now threatens such a loyal opportunist and boardroom favorite as Mitch McConnell seems a marker of the times.Remember me likening these so called Tea Party Republicans to the Bolsheviks in October of 1917. If that analogy holds true, now we have the terror. All real revolutions have a terror phase.
So what is a boy to do?
By the way, the article states the Republicans got nothing for their efforts. I am not sure that is quite true. The Sequestration is still there.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Yes, I am taking liberties here. In the previous post I suggested that they wished to sweep aside the Democrats. They failed. Now they are dealing with the clutter of "soft" Republicans. The real question is, if the Republicans become more like the Democrats, why would anyone vote for them? The Democrats already have the Democrats, and an invincible ignorance of any alternatives. Republicans who abhor the Democrats aren't likely to vote Democrat light. What is a City Committee Chairman to do?