I agree with you Joe Blow. I listen to each of the sides plan and vote
accordingly. I never hit straight "D" on the ballot box. I voted for
Huntsman, thought he was a great Governor. It's a shame the right has gone
so extreme right they instantly shot down Huntsman as their candidate. I would
like to see Huntsman become a Democrate and run after the next four years of
Obama. I think we Dems would take Huntsman in with no problem.
I have recently voted R and D in presidential elections.I believe in
the fiscal restraint that the GOP espouses (although they talk a much better
game than they play) is necessary.I also believe that wealth
collection at the top is bad for our country and feel that we need to ensure
that we take care of our poor. Dem qualities.However, those that
are taking over the GOP are an embarrassment to me to the extent that I do not
want to be associated with them.Palin? Seriously?And
that is just the start. Things like the birther issue are beneath what once was
a great party.Trump? Limbaugh? Beck? These guys make me
cringe.Certainly there are some on the left also, but not nearly to
the same extent. BTW those on the left make me cringe also.We need
mature, intelligent leaders. Unfortunately, the GOP is pushing all of those
out.A congress all made up of Olympia Snow's would make me
happy. But her types are being pushed out to be replaced by the Joe Wilson
types.The GOP is quickly turning into a sad bunch with no desire to
lead this country.
Trump is the perfect poster-child for today's GOP. He deserves a spotlight
at the convention.
The GOP is home to some of the most unconventional and weird thinking that the
Party cultivates the extreme ideologues but doesn't want them expressing
themselves in a public forum lest they alienate Independent voters who they need
to win elections. It's kind of a double-edged sword. These ideologues
respond to the dog whistles and negativity, yet they want a place at the table
which the GOP leadership is reluctant to give.The GOP leaders know
that their Party is becoming an anacronism and the only way they can maintain
their edge is denying the other side the ability to cast votes. Otherwise, the
conservatives would probably lose every election. With the Tea Party taking
over the Republican Party, "moderate" conservatives are having to become
Blue Dog Democrats. The RINO purge has damaged the Republican Party to such an
extent that voter suppression laws and other tools to deny the vote to people
who do not automatically vote Republican have become necessary.Donald Trump ("Birther extraordinare"), Michelle Bachmann("radical
Islamists infiltrating the State Department"), Todd Akin ("women
'legitimately raped' can't get pregnant"), and the others on
the Extreme Right want their say. A GOP nightmare, truly!
Nothing like a TV reality star most famous for his fake hair and stupid one
liner, "you're fired" to speak at one of the most serious functions
of our country.No wonder why no one takes the GOP seriously
anymore.First Bush, then Palin, now Trump?HAHAHA! Not
even Jay Leno could have come up with this material!
Oh, please please please, let the Donald speak! We want to hear his views!
Expounded at length! On prime time! The people have spoken! We want Donald!
Trump is a joke.But so is the rest of the GOP.So they
kind of fit together, don't they?
Gerson seems unready to accept that the GOP is increasingly giving itself over
to the loony extreme that rejects science and rational discourse. As he notes,
all sources are afforded equal credibility regardless of merit. Why listen to
climatologists and geophysicists who have actually gone out and measured
temperatures and glacial extents and analyzed core samples and published their
data when you can read skeptical criticism by renowned, trained scientists like
Glenn Beck or Ann Coulter. They are all equally valid, right? (and Beck
doesn't use those big sciencey words) Ditto for the science of human
origins. Or the salutary contraceptive effects of physical and emotional trauma
resulting from rape (Akin, et al.). Michelle Bachmann talks to an unnamed,
uncredited woman in the lobby after a GOP primary debate and she's ready to
outlaw vaccinations. Bobby Jindahl (a medical doctor) supports the Louisiana
Science Education Act, which provides state funding to private schools teaching
Creationism. Gerson rightly points out that such shallow thinking is wrong. I
fear he underestimates how strong a hold it has on his party.
Trump can get Romney to release his tax returns.
Trump fits right in with the new "Elitist Group" formally know as the
GOP.During a Houston fundraiser, Romney told a room of about 125
donors that he planned to unveil his comprehensive energy plan this week. He
said his proposal will specifically relate to fossil-based fuels. But then, he
said no more."I know that we have members of the media here right now,
so I’m not going to go through that in great detail," Romney said.So if your a paying donor, he'll let you in on his plan, but if
your going to tell the common people, well you gotta pay to find out what
he's gunna do?The Elite continue to separate themselves from
the servants, who just can't understand what the adult are talking about.
It will be very difficult for the GOP to distance itself from its embarrassing
recent past -- beginning with Palin to the more recent GOP primaries involving
Cain, Bachmann, Trump, and that women who had to proclaim, "I'm not a
witch." The Todd Akin situation simply reminds voters that the GOP
doesn't have serious, quality people running the show that will attract
moderate voters AND solve problems.Just read that Romney is pushing
fossil fuels and nuclear in West Texas and will release a plan soon to aid his
Koch backers and promote our reliance on Canadian tar sands -- so more federal
subsidies there. But he opposes incentives for domestic wind energy in Iowa,
which gets 20 percent of its power from wind, and his opposition to the tax
incentive for wind is already turning off what should have been easy GOP support
in Midwest swing states. He touted similar policy in Colorado, home of some of
the biggest wind manufacturing facilities. So much for the GOP's "all
the above strategy." Romney may not be touting "drill,
baby, drill," but his proposals sure sound like a Palin retread. Perhaps
his energy motto can be "burn, baby, burn."